Chiasmus in Obadiah 10-14

Though one has to be careful not to see a chiasmus where one doesn’t exist (as one gentleman tried to explain away immersion for remissions of sins in Acts 2:38 by inventing it there), after being made aware it’s easier to spot.

Last night as I read Obadiah in preparation for Sunday school, I thought I found one there. I need to research the Hebrew terms, which may throw off the pattern, but it would appear that verses 10-14 contain a chiastic structure:

A. And you will be cut off forever, 10c

B. On the day that you stood aloof, 11a

C. Strangers carried off his wealth, 11b

D. Do not gloat over your brother’s day, 12a

E. Do not rejoice over the sons of Judah, 12c

X. Yes, do not boast in the day of their distress, 12e

E’. Do not enter the gate of My people, 13a

D’. Yes, you, do not gloat over their calamity, 13c

C’. And do not loot their wealth, 13e

B’. And do not stand at the fork of the road, 14a

A’. To cut down their fugitives, 14b

J. Randal Matheny

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