Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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1 Awake, arise; clothe yourself with power, O Zion!
Put on your robes of glory, O Jerusalem, holy city. No more shall the uncircumcised and defiled enter you. 2 Shake yourself free, rise from the dust;
sit enthroned, O Jerusalem. Loose yourself from the bands around your neck,
O captive Daughter of Zion.


3 Thus says Jehovah: You were sold without price,
and you shall be redeemed without money. 4 For thus says my Lord Jehovah:
At first my people went down to Egypt to sojourn there.
Then the Assyrians subjected them for nothing. 5 And now, what have I here? says Jehovah.
My people are taken over without price; those who govern them
act presumptuously, says Jehovah, and my name is constantly abused all the day.


6 Therefore shall my people come to know my name;
in that day they shall know that I, who speak, am at hand.


7 Then shall they say,
How comely upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger announcing peace,
who brings tidings of good, who heralds salvation, saying to Zion, Your God reigns!


8 Hark! Your watchmen lift up their voice;
as one they cry out for joy: for they shall see eye to eye
when Jehovah returns to Zion.


10 Jehovah has bared his holy arm
in the eyes of all nations, that all ends of the earth may see
our God’s salvation. 9 Break out all together into song,
you ruined places of Jerusalem: Jehovah has comforted his people;
he has redeemed Jerusalem.


11 Turn away, depart;
touch nothing defiled as you leave Babylon. Come out of her and be pure,
you who bear Jehovah’s vessels. 12 But you shall not leave in haste or go in flight:
Jehovah will go before you, the God of Israel behind you.