Chiasmus in Amos 5

Here’s a graphic detailing what I believe to be a chiastic structure in Amos 5, which my eye picked up during a read. I’ve put the structure in a graphic to preserve the spacing and grouping of the corresponding elements.

chiasmus in Amos 5

One can see a similarity of both theme and vocabulary in the corresponding items. And though it’s too early to establish any kind of tendency, I’ve noted that the central element in several biblical chiasmi, as here, often features an imperative, a command. The supporting evidence, as we’d tend to think of it, surrounds the “conclusion” (X) or principal element of urging the readers to action.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

What do you think?