By Elaine R. Follis
This choice of unique papers displays the depth of present curiosity within the poetry of the OT, and amply demonstrates the variety of lucrative methods now to be had. a few not less than of those experiences are landmarks, and all are stimulating for additional study. Copyright 1987 Sheffield educational Press ISBN 1-85075-013-0
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Thus A' clarifies the sense of A: the roaring of the lion refers to Yahweh's speaking through the prophets. Naturally, then, B' makes clear the meaning of B: the true prophets can no more evade proclaiming the message of doom which God has given them than one can keep fronyfearing a lion that roars. 11c-f Houses of hewn stone you have built, but you shall not dwell in them; WILLIS Alternating Parallelism in Psalms and Prophets 61 pleasant vineyards you have planted, but you shall not drink their wine.
64 Directions in Biblical Hebrew Poetry Here the prophet depicts Yahweh's great disappointment over the sins of his people. They dashed his expectations (A and A') to the ground (B and B'). Notice that what is stated figuratively of grapes and wild grapes in two lines in w. 2 and 4 is explained literally in this verse in four lines because of the alternating parallelism. 8a-b + 9a-b For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.
Then lines B and B' state his attitude toward God: he curses or renounces him (B); he thinks (or would like to think, or behaves as if he thought) God does not exist (B'). The alternating pattern has the effect of defining the wicked in broad strokes as one who feels or acts as if he is of ultimate importance and, as a direct corollary to this, denies any need for WILLIS Alternating Parallelism in Psalms and Prophets 51 God. In other words, the fundamental feature which identifies the wicked is that he is self-sufficent or independent rather than dependent on God.