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Literary structure (chiasmus, chiasm) of Song of Songs

Chiasmus and Concentric Structure of whole text


1-1

1 1 (1:1-8)
  2 2 (1:9-17)
    3 3 (2:1-7)
      4 4 (2:8-17)
        5 5 (3:1-5)
          6 6 (3:6-11)
            7 7 (4:1-7)
              8 8 (4:8-16_5:1)
                9 9 (5:2-8)
              10 10 (5:9-6:3)
            11 11 (6:4-10)
          12 12 (6:11-7:14)
        13 13 (8:1-4)
      14 14 (8:5-7)
    15 15 (8:8-10)
  16 16 (8:11-12)
17 17 (8:13-14)
Former halfRelationLatter half
1 1 (1:1-8)
Let him kiss me with kisses of his mouth! (1:2)
Wish of woman17 17 (8:13-14)
Be swift, my lover, like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices! (8:14)
2 2 (1:9-17)
1:14 My lover is for me a cluster of henna from the vineyards of Engedi.(1:14)
Vineyards16 16 (8:11-12)
8:11 B Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon; (8:11)
3 3 (2:1-7)
2:4 He brings me into the banquet hall and his emblem over me is love.(2:4)
Courtship15 15 (8:8-10)
8:8 What shall we do for our sister when her courtship begins?(8:8)
4 4 (2:8-17)
2:8 B Hark! my lover-here he comes springing across the mountains, leaping across the hills.(2:8)
Arrival of the lover14 14 (8:5-7)
8:5 D Who is this coming up from the desert, leaning upon her lover? (8:5)
5 5 (3:1-5)
3:5Do not arouse, do not stir up love before its own time.(3:5)
Do not stir up love13 13 (8:1-4)
8:4 Do not arouse, do not stir up love, before its own time.(8:4)
6 6 (3:6-11)
King Solomon made himself a carriage of wood from Lebanon. (3:9)
A king12 12 (6:11-7:14)
You head rises like Carmel; your hair is like draperies of purple; a king is held captive in its tresses. (7:6)
7 7 (4:1-7)
4:1 G Ah, you are beautiful, my beloved, ah, you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats streaming down the mountains of Gilead.(4:1)
Beautiful lover11 11 (6:4-10)
5:9 D How does your lover differ from any other, O most beautiful among women? How does your lover differ from any other, that you adjure us so?(5:9)
8 8 (4:8-16_5:1)
5:1 G I have come to my garden, my sister, my bride (5:1)
Going to a garden10 10 (5:9-6:3)
6:2 B My lover has come down to his garden, to the beds of spice (6:2)

1-1-1

1 1 (1:1-8)
  2 2 (1:9-17)
    3 3 (2:1-7)
      4 4 (2:8-17)
        5 5 (3:1-5)
      6 6 (3:6-11)
    7 7 (4:1-7)
  8 8 (4:8-16_5:1)
9 9 (5:2-8)
Former halfRelationLatter half
1 1 (1:1-8)
1:7 B Tell me, you whom my heart loves, where you pasture your flock, where you give them rest at midday (1:7)
To find the lover9 9 (5:2-8)
5:6 I sought him but I did not find him; I called to him but he did not answer me.(5:6)
2 2 (1:9-17)
1:12 B For the king's banquet my nard gives forth its fragrance.(1:12)
Nard8 8 (4:8-16_5:1)
4:13 You are a park that puts forth pomegranates, with all choice fruits;(4:13)
3 3 (2:1-7)
2:1 I am a flower of Sharon, a lily of the valley.(2:1)
Beauty as a lily7 7 (4:1-7)
4:5 Your breasts are like twin fawns, the young of a gazelle that browse among the lilies.(4:5)
4 4 (2:8-17)
2:8 B Hark! my lover-here he comes springing across the mountains, leaping across the hills.(2:8)
Arrival of the lover6 6 (3:6-11)
3:6 D What is this coming up from the desert, like a column of smoke Laden with myrrh, with frankincense, and with the perfume of every exotic dust?(3:6)

1-1-2

9 9 (5:2-8)
  10 10 (5:9-6:3)
    11 11 (6:4-10)
      12 12 (6:11-7:14)
        13 13 (8:1-4)
      14 14 (8:5-7)
    15 15 (8:8-10)
  16 16 (8:11-12)
17 17 (8:13-14)
Former halfRelationLatter half
9 9 (5:2-8)
5:6 I called to him but he did not answer me.(5:6)
Words of the lover17 17 (8:13-14)
8:13 G O garden-dweller, my friends are listening for your voice, let me hear it!(8:13)
10 10 (5:9-6:3)
6:2 B My lover has come down to his garden, to the beds of spice, To browse in the garden and to gather lilies.(6:2)
Keeper16 16 (8:11-12)
8:11 B Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon; he gave over the vineyard to caretakers. (8:11)
11 11 (6:4-10)
6:4 G You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my beloved, as lovely as Jerusalem, as awe-inspiring as bannered troops.(6:4)
Metaphors of towns15 15 (8:8-10)
8:10 I am a wall, and my breasts are like towers. (8:10)
12 12 (6:11-7:14)
7:1 D Turn, turn, O Shulammite, turn, turn, that we may look at you!(7:1)
Arrival of the lover14 14 (8:5-7)
8:5 D Who is this coming up from the desert, leaning upon her lover? (8:5)

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