Friday, November 19, 2010

The Friday Figure

This week's Friday Figure comes from Matthew's Sermon on the Mount:
Matt. 6:34 μὴ οὖν μεριμνήσητε εἰς τὴν αὔριον, ἡ γὰρ αὔριον μεριμνήσει ἑαυτῆς·
me oun merimnesate eis ten aurion, e gar aurion merimnesei eautes
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. 
This is a great example of the figure chiasm in which the word order of two words in one clause are reversed in the second clause.  In this example, the words μεριμνήσητε (worry) and αὔριον (tomorrow) are reversed in the second clause to bring a nice balance and ornament to this saying of Jesus.

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