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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Epistle to Philemon

Chiastic Structure and Concentric Structure and Parallel of each pericope

[1]salutation  (Phil 1:1-25)
 
  A(1:1-3)  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1:3)
    B(1:4-7)    For I have experienced much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the holy ones have been refreshed by you, brother. (1:7)
      C(1:8-9)      Paul, an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus. (1:9)
        D(1:10-14)        I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. (1:12)
          E(1:15-16)          no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a brother, beloved (1:16)
        D'(1:17-18)        So if you regard me as a partner, welcome him as you would me. (1:17)
      C'(1:19)      I, Paul, write this in my own hand: (1:19)
    B'(1:20-22)    Yes, brother, may I profit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. (1:20)
  A'(1:23-25)  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. (1:25)
 
   A: Salutation. B: Joy caused by Philemon. C: Paul by himself. D: Sending / welcoming Onesimus. E: More than a slave.


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