Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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1 Let me sing for my Beloved
a love song about his vineyard: My Beloved had a vineyard
on the fertile brow of a hill.


2 He cultivated it, clearing it of stones,
and planted it with choice vines. He built a watchtower in its midst
and hewed for it a winepress as well.


Then he expected it to yield grapes,
but it produced wild grapes.


3 Now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and you men of Judea,
please judge between me and my vineyard! 4 What more could have been done
for my vineyard than I have done for it?


When I expected it to yield grapes,
why did it produce wild grapes?


5 Let me now inform you
what I will do to my vineyard: I will have its hedge removed
and let it be burned; I will have its wall broken through
and let it be trampled. 6 I will make it a desolation:
it shall neither be pruned nor hoed, but briars and thorns shall overgrow it.
Moreover, I will forbid the rainclouds to rain on it.


7 The vineyard of Jehovah of Hosts is the house of Israel
and the people of Judah his cherished grove. He expected justice,
but there was injustice; he expected righteousness,
but there was an outcry.