Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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10 In that day the sprig of Jesse,
who stands for an ensign to the peoples, shall be sought by the nations,
and his rest shall be glorious.


11 In that day my Lord will again raise his hand
to reclaim the remnant of his people— those who shall be left out of Assyria,
Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the islands of the sea. 12 He will raise the ensign to the nations
and assemble the exiled of Israel; he will gather the scattered of Judah
from the four directions of the earth. 13 Ephraim’s jealousy shall pass away
and the hostile ones of Judah be cut off; Ephraim will not envy Judah,
nor Judah resent Ephraim.


14 But they will swoop on the Philistine flank
toward the west, and together plunder those to the east; they will take Edom and Moab at hand’s reach,
and the Ammonites will obey them. 15 Jehovah will dry up the tongue
of the Egyptian Sea by his mighty wind; he will extend his hand over the River
and smite it into seven streams to provide a way on foot. 16 And there shall be a pathway out of Assyria
for the remnant of his people who shall be left, as there was for Israel
when it came up from the land of Egypt.


1 In that day you will say,
I praise you, O Jehovah. Although you have been angry with me,
your anger is turned away and you have consoled me.


2 In the God of my salvation I will trust without fear;
for Jehovah was my strength and my song when he became my salvation.


3 Then shall you rejoice in drawing water
from the fountains of salvation.


4 In that day you will say,
Give thanks to Jehovah; invoke his name. Make known his deeds among the nations;
commemorate his exalted name.


5 Sing in praise of Jehovah,
who has performed wonders; let it be acknowledged throughout the earth! 6 Shout and sing for joy, O inhabitants of Zion,
for renowned among you is the Holy One of Israel.


1 An oracle concerning Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw in vision:
2 Raise the ensign on a barren mountain;
sound the voice among them! Beckon them with the hand to advance
into the precincts of the elite. 3 I have charged my holy ones,
called out my valiant ones: my anger is not upon those who take pride in me.


4 Hark! A tumult on the mountains,
as of a vast multitude. Hark! An uproar among kingdoms,
as of nations assembling: Jehovah of Hosts is marshaling an army for war.
5 They come from a distant land beyond the horizon—
Jehovah and the instruments of his wrath— to cause destruction throughout the earth.