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Proverbs 31b – Careful Structure in Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31 is an acrostic poem.  Each verse begins with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet – the ABC’s (or aleph bet gimmel’s) of Wisdom.             But what many don’t know is that Proverbs 31 is also a chiasm.  A chiasm is where the author structures the text in an intentional X-shaped pattern, where the first and last elements parallel each other, the second and second-to-last elements parallel, and so on.             Richard Clifford presents a chiasm in Proverbs…