Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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5 The isles look on in fear;
the ends of the earth are in trembling. They flock together
and come 6 to one another’s aid, saying, each to his fellow, Courage!


8 But you, O Israel my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen, offspring of Abraham my beloved friend, 9 you whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
called from its farthest limits— to you I say, You are my servant;
I have accepted you and not rejected you.


10 Be not fearful, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will also succor you
and uphold you with my righteous right hand.


11 See, all who are enraged at you
shall earn shame and disgrace; your adversaries shall come to nought, and perish.


12 Should you look for those who contend with you,
you shall not find them; whoever wars against you
shall be reduced to nothing.


13 For I, Jehovah your God,
hold you by the right hand and say to you, Have no fear; I will help you.


14 Be not afraid, you worms of Jacob;
O men of Israel, [be not dismayed] I am your help, says Jehovah;
your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.


15 I will make of you a sharp-toothed threshing sledge
of new design, full of spikes: you shall thresh mountains to dust
and make chaff of hills. 16 As you winnow them, a wind shall take them away,
a tempest dispel them. Then will you rejoice in Jehovah
and glory in the Holy One of Israel.