Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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26 who fulfills the word of his servant,
accomplishes the aims of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, It shall be reinhabited,
and of the cities of Judah, They shall be rebuilt, their ruins I will restore, 27 who says to the deep, Become dry;
I am drying up your currents, 28 who says of Cyrus, He is my shepherd;
he will do whatever I will. He will say of Jerusalem that it must be rebuilt,
its temple foundations relaid.

B

1 Thus says Jehovah to his anointed,
to Cyrus, whom I grasp by the right hand, to subdue nations before him,
to ungird the loins of rulers, opening doors ahead of him,
letting no gates remain shut: 2 I will go before you and level all obstacles;
I will break in pieces brazen doors and cut through iron bars.

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3 I will give you hidden treasures
and secret hoards of wealth that you may know that it is I Jehovah,
the God of Israel, who calls you by name. 4 For the sake of my servant Jacob,
and Israel my chosen, I call you by name— I named you when yet you knew me not. 5 I am Jehovah, there is none other;
apart from me there is no God. I girded you up when yet you knew me not— 6 that men from where the sun rises to where it sets
may know that without me there is nothing, that I am Jehovah, and that there is none other.

D

7 I fashion light and form darkness;
I occasion peace and cause calamity. I, Jehovah, do all these things.

E

8 Rain down from above, O heavens;
let the skies overflow with righteousness.

E'

Let the earth receive it and salvation blossom;
let righteousness spring up forthwith.

D'

I, Jehovah, create it.

C'

9 Woe to those in conflict with their Maker,
mere shards of earthenware pottery! As though the clay were to say to him who molds it,
What are you doing? Your hands have no skill for the work! 10 Woe to those who say to their Father,
What have you begotten? or to the Woman, What have you borne?
11 Thus says Jehovah,
the Holy One of Israel, their Maker: Will you ask me for signs concerning my children,
or dictate to me about the deeds of my hands?

B'

12 It is I who made the earth
and created man upon it; I with my hand suspended the heavens,
appointing all their host. 13 It is I who rightfully raise him up,
who facilitate his every step;

A'

he will rebuild my city and set free my exiles
without price or bribe, says Jehovah of Hosts.