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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Book of Proverbs


Correspondence table of Pericopes and Literary Structure


The text can be divided in 31 pericopes. This text includes, one 15 paired (31 pericopes) whole concentric structure, divided in three 5 paired concentric structures, divided in five 3 paired concentric structures.

Pericope135
1 Prologue (1:1-7) 1-1 3-1 5-1
2 Invitation of wisdom (1:8-33) 1-1 3-1 5-1
3 Value of Wisdom (2:1-22) 1-1 3-1 5-1
4 Blessing of wisdom (3:1-10) 1-1 3-1 5-1
5 Gift of wisdom (3:11-20) 1-1 3-1 5-1
6 Exhortation of wisdom (3:21-35) 1-1 3-1 5-1
7 Gain wisdom (4:1-9) 1-1 3-1 5-1 5-2
8 The right way (4:10-19) 1-1 3-1 5-2
9 Warning against evil (4:20-27) 1-1 3-1 5-2
10 Warning against others (5:1-6) 1-1 3-1 5-2
11 Warning against adultery (5:7-23) 1-1 3-1 3-2 5-2
12 Warning against laziness (6:1-19) 1-1 3-2 5-2
13 Warning against adultery (6:20-35) 1-1 3-2 5-2 5-3
14 Woman of adultery (7:1-23) 1-1 3-2 5-3
15 Warning against Woman of adultery (7:24-27) 1-1 3-2 5-3
16 Love for wisdom (8:1-31) 1-1 3-2 5-3
17 Listen to me (8:32-36) 1-1 3-2 5-3
18 Table of wisdom (9:1-18) 1-1 3-2 5-3
19 Solomon's proverbs (10:1-22:16) 1-1 3-2 5-3 5-4
20 Table of kings (22:17-23:11) 1-1 3-2 5-4
21 Fair lips (23:12-18) 1-1 3-2 3-3 5-4
22 Warning against alcohol (23:19-21) 1-1 3-3 5-4
23 To respect parents (23:22-25) 1-1 3-3 5-4
24 Sins of fool (23:26-24:12) 1-1 3-3 5-4
25 Disaster of evildoer (24:13-20) 1-1 3-3 5-4 5-5
26 Fear to God (24:21-22) 1-1 3-3 5-5
27 Other words of wise man (24:23-34) 1-1 3-3 5-5
28 Solomon's proverbs (25:1-29:27) 1-1 3-3 5-5
29 Sayings of Agur (30:1-33) 1-1 3-3 5-5
30 The teaching of king Lemel's mother (31:1-9) 1-1 3-3 5-5
31 Ode to a capable woman (31:10-31) 1-1 3-3 5-5

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