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Literary structure (chiasmus, chiasm) of Second Epistle to the Thessalonians

Chiasmus and Concentric Structure of whole text


1-1

1 Salutation (1:1-2)
  2 The judgment at Christ's coming (1:3-12)
    3 The man of lawlessness (2:1-17)
  4 Request for prayer (3:1-15)
5 Final greetings and benediction (3:16-18)
Former halfRelationLatter half
1 Salutation (1:1-2)
grace to you and peace from God (our) Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1:2)
Salutation5 Final greetings and benediction (3:16-18)
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. (3:18)
2 The judgment at Christ's coming (1:3-12)
Accordingly, we ourselves boast of you in the churches of God regarding your endurance and faith in all your persecutions and the afflictions you endure. (1:4)
Endurance in suffering4 Request for prayer (3:1-15)
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ. (3:5)

1-1-1

1 Salutation (1:1-2)
  2 The judgment at Christ's coming (1:3-12)
3 The man of lawlessness (2:1-17)
Former halfRelationLatter half
1 Salutation (1:1-2)
grace to you and peace from God (our) Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1:2)
Grace of God3 The man of lawlessness (2:1-17)
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, (2:16)

1-1-2

3 The man of lawlessness (2:1-17)
  4 Request for prayer (3:1-15)
5 Final greetings and benediction (3:16-18)
Former halfRelationLatter half
3 The man of lawlessness (2:1-17)
encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word. (2:17)
Prayer for the Congregation5 Final greetings and benediction (3:16-18)
May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. (3:16)

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