The Literary Structure of Revelation 1:14-16

There is a beautiful chiasm in Revelation 1:14-16 that Victor M. Wilson points out in Divine Symmetries: The Art of Biblical Rhetoric:

1 HEAD A His head and his hair were white as wool, white as snow;
2      FACE B his eyes were like a flame of fire,
3           LIMBS C his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace,
4                VOICE X and his voice was like the sound of many waters.
5           LIMBS C' In his right hand he held seven stars,
6      FACE B' and from his mouth came a sharp, two-edged sword,
7 HEAD A'  and his face was like the sun shining with full force

John focuses on the voice because that will be the the book as a whole needs to be heard and attended to. Indeed John opens the book in Revelation 1:3 saying"Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near."

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