Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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8 Let go the people who are blind, yet have eyes,
who are deaf, yet have ears.


9 When all nations unitedly assembled,
when the peoples were gathered together, who among them foretold these things,
or predicted events that have come to pass? Let them bring their witnesses
and justify themselves, that those within hearing may say, It is true.


10 But you are my witnesses, says Jehovah,
my servant whom I have chosen,


to the end that you may recognize it and believe me,
and perceive that I was the one who foretold them—


before me no god was formed,
nor shall one exist after me.


11 I myself am Jehovah;
apart from me there is no savior.


12 It is I who foretold and wrought salvation,
making it known when there was no strange god among you.


You are my witnesses, says Jehovah,
that I am divine,


13 that from the first I have been present—
from my hand none can deliver; when I work, who can thwart it?


14 Thus says Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel,
your Redeemer: For your sake I launch an attack on Babylon
and bring down as fugitives all the Chaldeans, they who sing the praises of shipping. 15 I Jehovah, your Holy One,
Creator of Israel, am your King. 16 Thus says Jehovah—
who provides a way in the Sea, a path through the mighty waters, 17 who dispatches chariots and horses,
armies of men in full strength; they lie down as one, to rise no more,
they flicker and die, snuffed out like a wick—