Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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1 Thus says Jehovah:
The heavens are my throne and the earth is my footstool. What house would you build me?
What would serve me as a place of rest?


2 These are all things my hand has made,
and thus all came into being, says Jehovah. And yet I have regard for those
who are of a humble and contrite spirit and who are vigilant for my word.


3 But whoever slaughters an ox
is as one who kills a man, and whoever sacrifices a lamb,
as one who breaks a dog’s neck; whoever presents a grain offering
is as one who offers swine’s blood, and whoever burns incense,
as one who venerates idols. Just as they have preferred to go their own ways,
their souls delighting in their abominations,


4 so will I prescribe intrigues for them
and bring upon them the thing they dread. For when I called, no one responded;
when I spoke, none gave heed.


They did what was evil in my eyes;
they chose to do what was not my will.


5 Hear the word of Jehovah,
you who are vigilant for his word: Your brethren who abhor you,
and exclude you because of my name, say, Let Jehovah manifest his glory,
that we may see cause for your joy! But it is they who shall suffer shame.


6 Hark, a tumult from the city, a noise from the temple!
It is the voice of Jehovah paying his enemies what is due them.