Minister's Blog

Chiastic quotations

By Steve Jeffery, 29 Mar 2013

Paul quotes seven OT texts in Galatians 3:6-16, as follows:

A. Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness (v. 6; Gen 15:6)

B. In you shall all the nations be blessed (v. 8; Gen 12:3; 18:18)

C. Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them (v. 10; Dt 27:26)

D. The righteous shall live by faith (v. 11; Hab 2:4)

C'. The one who does them shall live by them (v. 12; Lev 18:5)

B'. Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree (v. 13; Dt 21:23)

A'. The promises were made to Abraham and to his (singular) offspring (v. 16; Gen 13:15; 17:8)

Consequently:

1. Righteousness was counted to faithful Abraham (A) because of the faithfulness of his (singular) offspring, Christ (A').

2. All the nations are blessed (B) because of the cursed man who was hanged upon the tree (B').

3. You're cursed if you don't abide by all the things in the law (C), but you'll live by them if you do them (C').

4. The righteousness of faith stands at the heard (D).

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