Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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4 Lift up your eyes and look about you!
They have all assembled to come to you: your sons shall arrive from afar;
your daughters shall return to your side.


5 Then, when you see it, your face will light up,
your heart swell with awe: the multitude of the Sea shall resort to you;
a host of nations shall enter you. 6 A myriad of camels shall cover your land,
the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all from Sheba will come,
bearing gold and frankincense and heralding the praises of Jehovah.


7 All Kedar’s flocks will gather to you,
the rams of Nebaioth will serve you; they shall be accepted as offerings on my altar,
and thus I will make glorious my house of glory.


8 Who are these, aloft like clouds,
flying as doves to their portals? 9 From the isles they are gathering to me,
the ships of Tarshish in the lead, to bring back your children from afar,


and with them their silver and gold, to Jehovah Omnipotent, your God,
to the Holy One of Israel, who has made you illustrious.
10 Foreigners will rebuild your walls,
and their kings will minister to you. Though I struck you in anger,
I will gladly show you mercy. 11 Your gates shall always remain open;
they shall not be shut day or night, that a host of nations may be brought to you
and their kings escorted in. 12 And the nation or kingdom
that will not serve you shall perish; such nations shall be utterly ruined.


13 The splendor of Lebanon shall become yours—
cypresses, pines, and firs together— to beautify the site of my sanctuary,
to make glorious the place of my feet. 14 The sons of those who tormented you
will come bowing before you; all who reviled you will prostrate themselves at your feet.
They will call you the City of Jehovah, Zion of the Holy One of Israel.