Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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14 Thus says Jehovah:
The wealth of Egypt and merchandise of Cush shall pass on to you and become yours,
as shall the Sabeans, a people tall in stature. They shall walk behind you in chains
and bow down to you, entreating you, Surely God is in you; no other gods exist!
15 Truly you are a God who dissembles himself,
O Savior, God of Israel. 16 As one, the makers of inventions retired in disgrace,
utterly dismayed and embarrassed. 17 But Israel is saved by Jehovah
with an everlasting salvation; you shall not be dismayed or put to shame
worlds without end.


18 For thus says Jehovah who created the heavens,
the God who formed the earth— who made it secure and organized it,
not to remain a chaotic waste, but designed it to be inhabited:
I am Jehovah, there is none other.


19 I speak not in secret
from somewhere in a land of darkness; I do not ask Jacob’s offspring
to seek me amid chaos. I Jehovah tell righteousness
and am forthright of speech.


20 Gather yourselves and come;
draw near, all you fugitives of the nations.


They who carried about their wooden idols
and prayed to gods that could not save them were caught unawares.


21 Speak up and present your case;
go ahead and consult one another.


Who foretold these things of old,
predicted them long ago? Did not I, Jehovah,
apart from whom there is no God? Did not I, the God of righteousness,
except for whom there is no Savior?


22 Turn to me and save yourselves,
ll you ends of the earth; I am God, there is none other.
23 By myself I swear it—
righteousness has issued from my mouth, by a decree that cannot be revoked: To me every knee shall bow
and every tongue swear allegiance.


24 It shall be said of me,
By Jehovah alone come vindication and might. Before him must come in shame
all who were incensed against him. 25 In Jehovah shall all Israel’s offspring
justify themselves and have cause to boast.