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The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isa 40:8

deuteronomy 10:12-11:25, triennial w’atah yisrael, “and now israel” chiastic structures

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The Hebrew paragraph divisions are:

Deu 10:12-11:9 {s} Fear, love and obey YHVH always for our good
Deu 11:10-12 {s} The goodness of the Land
Deu 11:13-21 {s} Listen, pay heed, observe, and teach YHVH’s commandments
Deu 11:22-25 {s} Carefully keep His commandments that Israel may possess the Land

Each of the weak paragraphs forms its own chiastic structure:

Deu 10:12-11:9 {s} (there are numerous smaller structures within this larger one):
1a) Deu 10:12-13, Fear the LORD/ walk in His ways/ love + serve Him with whole heart + keep His commandments for your good;
1b) Deu 10:14, Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens [is] the LORD’s your God, the earth [also], with all that therein [is];
1c) Deu 10:15-16, LORD loved your fathers + chose you after them/ circumcise foreskin of your heart + do not be stiffnecked;
1d) Deu 10:17-19, The LORD is God, great and mighty, who keeps faithfulness:
– 1) Deu 10:17a, The LORD [is] God of gods/ Lord of lords;
– 2) Deu 10:17b-19a, He is great, mighty, terrible, who regards not persons but executes justice for fatherless/ widows/ strangers;
– 3) Deu 10:19b, For you were strangers in the land of Egypt;
central axis) Deu 10:20, You shall fear the LORD God; Him shall you serve/ to Him shall you cleave/ swear by His name;
2d) Deu 10:21-22, The LORD is God, great and mighty, who keeps faithfulness:
– 1) Deu 10:21a, He [is] your praise/ He [is] your God;
– 2) Deu 10:21b, He has done for you great + terrible things, which your eyes have seen;
– 3) Deu 10:22, Fathers went down to Egypt as seventy persons;
2c) Deu 11:1, Therefore you shall love the LORD your God/ keep His charge + statutes + judgments + commandments always;
2b) Deu 11:2-7 (chiastic structure), The greatness of the LORD/ mighty acts/ chastisement which your eyes have seen;
2a) Deu 11:8-9, Keep all the commandments which I command you this day for your good. {s}

Deu 11:10-12 {s} the goodness of the Land
(I am not wise enough yet to see the chiastic structure in this paragraph.)

Deu 11:13-21 {s}
1a) Deu 11:13, If you hearken diligently to My commandments: to love the LORD your God + serve Him with a whole heart;
1b) Deu 11:14-15, I will give you rain in his due season/that you may eat and be full;
central axis) Deu 11:16, Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived/turn aside to serve + worship other gods;
2b) Deu 11:17, The LORD’s wrath be kindled/ He shut up heaven that there be no rain/ you perish quickly off the good land;
2a) Deu 11:18-21, Lay up My words in your heart/ bind them on hand + forehead/ teach them your children: speak + write them.

Deu 11:22-25 {s}
1a) Deu 11:22, If you shall diligently keep His word/ do commandments + love the LORD + walk in all His ways + cleave to Him;
1b) Deu 11:23, The LORD will drive out these nations before you/ you shall possess greater + mightier nations than yourselves;
central axis) Deu 11:24, Every place you tread shall be yours: from wilderness + Lebanon/ from Euphrates to uttermost sea;
2b) Deu 11:25a, No man shall stand before you: [for] the LORD shall lay the fear + dread of you on all the land,
2a) Deu 11:25b, As He has said (He will also diligently keep His word).

Moreover, the entire parashah from Deu 10:12-11:25 forms its own chiastic structure:

1a) Deu 10:12-14, Fear + love God + walk in His ways + keep His commandments, for He possesses heaven and earth:
– 1) Deu 10:12-13, Fear God + walk in His ways + love Him + serve Him/ whole heart + keep His commandments for your good;
– 2) Deu 10:14, The LORD possesses the heaven + heaven of heavens + the earth and all in it;
1b) Deu 10:15, The LORD loved the fathers + chose their seed after them;
1c) Deu 10:16, Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked;
1d) Deu 10:17-11:9 s, The LORD is God + He executes judgment + if you keep His commandments you will prolong your days:
– 1) Deu 10:17, The LORD is God of gods and Lord of lords;
– 2) Deu 10:18-11:7, He executes judgment;
– 3) Deu 11:8-9, Keep His commandments to prolong your days in the land the LORD swore to give to you.
1e) Deu 11:10-12 s, The LORD God cares for this good land which drinks water from heaven;
central axis) Deu 11:13, If you diligently pay heed to My commandments: to love the LORD + serve Him with a whole heart;
2e) Deu 11:14-15, I will give you rain in his due season, that you may eat and be full;
2d) Deu 11:16-17, Do not turn aside to other gods + lest His wrath is kindled + and you perish quickly:
– 1) Deu 11:16, Do not turn aside to serve or worship other gods;
– 2) Deu 11:17a, Then the LORD’s wrath would be kindled;
– 3) Deu 11:17b, Lest you perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD gives you;
2c) Deu 11:18-20, Lay up My words in your heart/ bind them on hand + forehead/ teach to your children: speak + write them.
2b) Deu 11:21 s, That the chosen seed may be multiplied in the land the LORD swore to give to the fathers;
2a) Deu 11:22-25 s, If you diligently keep His commandments + love Him + walk in His ways, you shall possess your possession:
– 1) Deu 11:22, If you diligently keep all these commandments/ do them + love the LORD + walk in all His ways + cleave to Him;
– 2) Deu 11:23-25, The LORD shall cause you to possess greater + mightier nations than yourselves.

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