Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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A

21 How the faithful city
has become a harlot!

B

She was filled with justice;
righteousness made its abode in her, but now murderers.

C

22 Your silver has become dross,
your wine diluted with water.

D

23 Your rulers are renegades,
accomplices of robbers: with one accord they love bribes
and run after rewards; they do not dispense justice to the fatherless,
nor does the widow’s case come before them.

D'

24 Therefore the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts,
the Valiant One of Israel, declares, Woe to them! I will relieve me
of my adversaries, avenge me of my enemies.

C'

25 I will restore my hand over you
and smelt away your dross as in a crucible, and remove all your alloy.

B'

26 I will restore your judges as at the first,
and your counsellors as in the beginning. After this you shall be called
the City of Righteousness,

A'

a faithful city. 27 For Zion shall be ransomed by justice,
those of her who repent by righteousness.