Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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1 Wilderness and arid land shall be jubilant;
the desert shall rejoice when it blossoms like the crocus. 2 Joyously it shall break out in flower,
singing with delight; it shall be endowed with the glory of Lebanon,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon. The glory of Jehovah and the splendor of our God
they shall see there.


3 Strengthen the hands grown feeble,
steady the failing knees. 4 Say to those with fearful hearts,
Take courage, be unafraid! See, your God is coming to avenge and to reward;
God himself will come and deliver you.


5 Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped. 6 Then shall the lame leap like deer,
and the tongue of the dumb shout for joy.


Water shall break forth in the wilderness
and streams flow in the desert. 7 The land of mirages shall become one of lakes,
the thirsty place springs of water; in the haunt of howling creatures [shall marshes break out],
in the reserves shall come rushes and reeds.


8 There shall be highways and roads
which shall be called the Way of Holiness, for they shall be for such as are holy.
The unclean shall not traverse them;
on them shall no reprobates wander. 9 No lions shall be encountered there,
nor shall wild beasts intrude. But the redeemed shall walk them,


10 the ransomed of Jehovah shall return; they shall come singing to Zion,
their heads crowned with everlasting joy. They shall have won joy and gladness
when sorrow and sighing flee away.