Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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Hear me, O isles; listen, you distant peoples:


Jehovah called me before I was in the belly; before I was in my mother’s womb,
he mentioned me by name. 2 He has made my mouth like a sharp sword—
in the shadow of his hand he hid me. He has made me into a polished arrow—
in his quiver he kept me secret.


3 He said to me, You are my servant, Israel


in whom I will be glorified.


4 I had thought, I have labored in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose! Yet my cause rested with Jehovah,
my recompense with my God.


5 For now Jehovah has said—
he who formed me from the womb


to be his servant, to restore Jacob to him,
Israel having been gathered to him;


for I won honor in the eyes of Jehovah


when my God became my strength 6 he said: It is too small a thing
for you to be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to restore those preserved of Israel.


I will also appoint you to be a light to the nations,
that my salvation may be to the end of the earth.