Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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1 But now, thus says Jehovah—
he who formed you, O Jacob, he who created you, O Israel:


Do not fear, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.


2 When you cross the waters, I will be with you;
when you traverse the rivers, you shall not be overwhelmed. Though you walk through the fire,
you shall not be burned; its flame shall not consume you.


3 For I Jehovah am your God,
I, the Holy One of Israel, am your Savior; Egypt I have appointed as ransom for you,
Cush and Seba I give in place of you.


4 Because you are precious and revered in my eyes,
and because I love you,
I give men in return for you,
peoples in exchange for your life.


5 Do not fear, for I am with you.
I will bring your offspring from the east and gather you from the west; 6 I will say to the north, Give up!
to the south, Withhold not! Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the end of the earth


7 all who are called by my name,


whom I have formed, molded and wrought
for my own glory.