The Old Testament is full of examples of chiasmus, which is a figure of speech used in ancient times to emphasize balance. It lists a bunch of ideas or things and then repeats each of them in reverse order. It’s often not an identical repetition. It frequently uses the opposite of what came before or something similar to it.
Here’s a simple chiasmus I came up with to show you what it looks like:
A. The cat was heavy
B. She ate too much food
C. Something had to change
B. I gave her less food to eat
A. Now she’s less heavy
The first and last lines are similar, the second and fourth lines are opposite but related, and the third line is the turning point that links the ideas contained in the chiasmus.
Why am I giving a grammar lesson? Because I’ve noticed this same…
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