Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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A

4 You shall no more be called the forsaken one,
nor your land referred to as desolate; you shall be known as her in whom I delight
and your land considered espoused. For Jehovah shall delight in you,
and your land shall be espoused.

B

5 As a young man weds a virgin,
so shall your sons wed you; as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.

C

6 I have appointed watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem,
who shall not be silent day or night. You who call upon Jehovah, let not up

D

7 nor give him respite till he reestablishes Jerusalem and makes it renowned in the earth.

E

8 Jehovah has sworn by his right hand, his mighty arm:
I will no more let your grain be food for your enemies,

E'

nor shall foreigners drink the new wine you have toiled for.

D'

9 Those who harvest it shall eat it,
giving praise to Jehovah; those who gather it shall drink it
within the environs of my sanctuary.

C'

10 Pass on, go through gates;
prepare the way for the people! Excavate, pave a highway cleared of stones;
raise the ensign to the nations!

B'

11 Jehovah has made proclamation to the end of the earth:
Tell the Daughter of Zion, See, your Salvation comes,
his reward with him, his work preceding him.

A'

12 They shall be called the holy people,
the redeemed of Jehovah; and you shall be known as in demand,
a city never deserted.