Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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5 Why be smitten further
by adding to your waywardness?


The whole head is sick,
the whole heart diseased.
6 From the soles of the feet even to the head
there is nothing sound, only wounds and bruises and festering sores;
they have not been pressed out or bound up, nor soothed with ointment.


7 Your land is ruined,
your cities burned with fire; your native soil is devoured by aliens in your presence,
laid waste at its takeover by foreigners.


8 The Daughter of Zion is left
like a shelter in a vineyard, a hut in a melon field,
a city under siege.


9 Had not Jehovah of Hosts left us a few survivors,
we should have been as Sodom,
or become like Gomorrah.