Chiastic Structures
The Old Testament
Chiastic Parallels
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6 I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.

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7 Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness,

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O thou that savest by thy right hand

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them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.

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8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

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9 From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.
10 They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.

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11 They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;

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12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

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13 Arise, O Lord, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:

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14 From men which are thy hand, O Lord, from men of the world,

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which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.

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15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.