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Matthew 7:4-5

A (4) Or how wilt thou say to THY BROTHER,

B (4) Let me pull out THE MOTE out of thine eye;

C (4) and, behold, A BEAM is in thine own eye?

D (5) Thou hypocrite,

C′ (5) first cast out THE BEAM out of thine own eye;

B′ (5) and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out THE MOTE

A′ (5) out of THY BROTHER’S eye.

Matthew 4:12-25

A. [Jesus comes to Galilee] 12Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; 13And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 14That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 16The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

B.(17) From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

C.(18) And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee,

D.1. saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother,

2. casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

3.(19) And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

4.(20) And they straightway left their nets, and followed him

D’.1′. (21) And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father,

2′. mending their nets;

3′. and he called them.  

4′. (22) And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

C’.(23) And Jesus went about all Galilee,

B’. teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

A’. [Jesus fame spreads beyond Galilee throughout the whole region] 24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. 25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.

Matthew 18:21-35

In the example below we see another feature of central sections. While they frequently seem to display the ‘main point’, there are also examples where they appear to be turning points.

A  (21-22)  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

B  (23-24)  Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

C  (25)  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

D  (26-27a)  The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion,

E  (27b)  and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

F  (28a)  But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence:

G  (28b)  and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

H  (29)  And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

G’  (30)  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

F’  (31)  So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

E’  (32)  Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

D’  (33)  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

C’  (34a)  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay

B’  (34b)  all that was due unto him.

A’  (35)  So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

Matthew 7:13-27

This one is perhaps a bit speculative. I suggest that A and B share similar thoughts with A’ and B’ (wise and foolish choice of way with wise and foolish choice of foundation). The main difficulty though is F and F’, where we have two sections without a verbal connection (although there is  an interesting contrast between gathering and casting).

A  (13)  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

B  (14)  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

C  (15)  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

D  (16a)  Ye shall know them

E  (16b)  by their fruits.

F  (16c)  Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

G  (17a)  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit;

H  (17b)  but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

H’  (18a)  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit,

G’  (18b)  neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

F’  (19)  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

E’  (20a)  Wherefore by their fruits

D’  (20b)  ye shall know them.

C’  (21-23)  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

B’  (24-25)  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

A’  (26-27)  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Matthew 24:6-31

(4) And Jesus answered and said unto them,

A. Take heed that no man deceive you. (5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (6) And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

B. (7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

C. (8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.

D. (9) Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. (10) And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

E. (11) And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

D’. (12) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

C’. (13) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

B’. (14) And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations;

A’. and then shall the end come.

2A.(15) When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) (16) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: (17) Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: (18) Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. (19) And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! (20) But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

2B.(21) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

2C(22) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

2D.(23) Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. (24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

2E. (25) Behold, I have told you before.

2D’. (26) Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. (27) For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

2C’.(28) For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

2B.(29) Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

2A’. (30) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (31) And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Matthew 6:1-6

From Brian and Stephen:

A (1) Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your FATHER which is in heaven.

B (2) Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as THE HYPOCRITES do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, THEY HAVE THEIR REWARD.

C (3, 4) But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be IN SECRET:

C1 (4) and thy Father which seeth IN SECRET himself shall reward thee openly.

B1 (5) And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as THE HYPOCRITES are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, THEY HAVE THEIR REWARD.

A1 (6) But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy FATHER which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 15:21-21:22

(The chiasms on this website to date have been mainly small or medium sized. But chiasmus can cover larger sections of Scripture. The following from John Owen  is the first we have posted of such a grand scale pattern highlighting key phrases and concepts)

A 15:21-28 Son of David showing the importance of faith
B 15:29-39 Blind see and Jesus having compassion
C 16 Peter wants glory not suffering?
D 16:21-28 Jesus needs to suffer
E 17:1-13 Transfiguration/kingdom vision
F 17:14-21 Nothing impossible with faith
G Jesus not concerned by money
H 18:1-19 Be as a little child
I 18:15-20 relationships in the ecclesia
       J 18:21-35 Parable of forgiveness
I 19:3-12 relationships in marriage
H 19:13-15 Be as a little child
G Rich young man
F 19:26 All things possible with God
E 20:1-16 Kingdom of heaven is like…
D 20:17-19 Jesus needs to suffer
C 20:20-28 James and John want glory
B 20:29-34 Blind see, Jesus has compassion
A 21:1-22 Son of David preaching the need for faith

The two end points demonstrate the need for faith. The middle point shows us what we need to have faith in – God’s forgiveness. Responding to His forgiveness needs to pervade every facet of our lives: at home (marriage) and in the ecclesia. We need to be like children; humble, not reliant on the riches of this world, but faithfully believing with God all things are possible. We can share in the kingdom!

Matthew 14:15-23

Edited in the light of Richie’s comment

A. 15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past;

B. send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.

C. 16  But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.

D. 17  And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.

E.  18 He said, Bring them hither to me.  19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes,

F.  and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake,

E’.   and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.  20 And they did all eat, and were filled:

D’.   and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.

C’. 21  And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

B’.  And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.  23 And when he had sent the multitudes away,

A’.   he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

Matthew 14:24-33

A.(24a) But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves:

B.(24b) for the wind was contrary.

C.(25) And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. (26) And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

D.(27) But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

E.(28) And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

F.(29a) And he said, Come.

E’.(29b) And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

D.(30) But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

C’.(31) And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

B’.(32) And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

A’.(33) Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

Matthew 2: 11-23

(From Bec Owen)

A. (11) And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him:and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. (12) And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

B.(13) And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word:for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

C.(15) And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

D.(16) Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.

C’.(17) Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, (18) In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

B’.(19-20) But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel:for they are dead which sought the young child’s life. (21) And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

A’.(22) But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: (23) And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth:that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.