Biblical Figures of Speech

Speaking of figures of speech in the Bible, Scripture is full of all sorts of them:

– similes

– metaphors

– implications

– parables

– mysteries

– allegories

– myths

– visions

– signs

– types

– shadows

– examples

– images and imagery

– enigmas

– symbols

– codes

– idioms

– poetry

– euphemisms

– sarcasm

– irony

– puns and other plays on words

– hyperbole and other exaggerations

– anthropomorphisms or personifications

– condescensions

– diminutives

– association or metonymy

– appellations

– compound associations

– near associations

– circumlocutions or periphrasis

– paradoxes

– numerology and possibly gematria

– omitted nouns

– omitted verbs

– unfinished sentences

– omission or non-sequence

(To name just a few, I could go on)

Remember that just because a passage seems like it should be interpreted literally in Scripture doesn’t necessarily mean that it definitely should be.