Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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A

4 The earth shall pine away,
the world miserably perish; the elite of the earth shall be made wretched.

B

5 The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants:
they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances,
set at nought the ancient covenant.

B'

6 The curse devours the earth,
for those who dwell on it have incurred guilt; because of it the population of the earth
shall be diminished and little of mankind remain.

A'

7 The new wine withers on languishing vines,
making all the lighthearted lament.