Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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15 Thus said my Lord, Jehovah of Hosts: Go and see that steward, Shebna,

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overseer of the palace. 16 Say to him, What are you up to? Who do you think you are, that you have hewn yourself a tomb here, like those who hew their sepulchres up high, carving out graves for themselves in the rock?

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17 Jehovah will hurl you away as an athlete hurls a missile; he will make you soar like a dart.
18 He will bind you tightly about and send you spinning like a top into an open country.

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There shall you die, and your inglorious conveyance there shall be a disgrace to your master’s house.

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19 I will thrust you out of office; you will be expelled from your post.

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20 In that day I will commission my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:

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21 I will clothe him with your robe and bind your girdle on him; I will appoint him your jurisdiction. And he will be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.

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22 I will invest him with the keys of the house of David: when he opens none shall shut, when he shuts none shall open.

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23 I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place, and he will be a throne of glory to the house of his father.
24 Upon him shall be hung all the glory of his father’s house: his descendants and posterity, including all the lesser vessels, from ordinary bowls to the most common containers.

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25 In that day, says Jehovah of Hosts, the nail that was fastened in a sure place shall be removed. It shall be dislodged and fall, and the burden hanging on it cut off. Jehovah has spoken it.