Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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14 Thus says Jehovah:
The wealth of Egypt and merchandise of Cush shall pass on to you and become yours,
as shall the Sabeans, a people tall in stature. They shall walk behind you in chains
and bow down to you, entreating you, Surely God is in you; no other gods exist!
15 Truly you are a God who dissembles himself,
O Savior, God of Israel.

B

16 As one, the makers of inventions retired in disgrace,
utterly dismayed and embarrassed.

C

17 But Israel is saved by Jehovah
with an everlasting salvation;

B'

you shall not be dismayed or put to shame
worlds without end.

A'

18 For thus says Jehovah who created the heavens,
the God who formed the earth— who made it secure and organized it,
not to remain a chaotic waste, but designed it to be inhabited:
I am Jehovah, there is none other. 19 I speak not in secret
from somewhere in a land of darkness; I do not ask Jacob’s offspring
to seek me amid chaos. I Jehovah tell righteousness
and am forthright of speech.