Category Archives: Patterns of Speech

Scriptures on Dates, Years, and Times

The prophets and apostles did not write with reference to the calendar we use.  Yet there are occasional verses which make refence to a lapse of years between one event and another that help us to keep track of time … Continue reading

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Grammatical Equivalencies

What follows are simple statements in Scripture where one thing is equated to another. Romans 14:23  |  whatever is not from faith = sin 1 Corinthians 12:3  |  Jesus = Lord Hebrews 11:1  |  faith = the assurance of things … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Truth v. Lies

“Truth” (including its cognates and synonyms) is shown in bold, while “lie” (including its cognates and synonyms) is shown in italicized bold. Proverbs 11:18 The wicked earns deceptive wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward. ##### Proverbs … Continue reading

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Lists of Longer Than Three

One of the recognizable patterns of speech employed in the Bible is a description using verbal pairs or triplets.  Of course, it also includes lists of descriptions which are longer than these.  All of these patterns aid our understanding of the … Continue reading

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Flesh v. Spirit (Understanding How the Bible Distinguishes Flesh from Spirit)

To read and understand the Bible in our age it is essential to understand how the Bible uses the terms “flesh” and “spirit,” and how it distinguishes these terms. The Bible speaks of “flesh” as that dimension of life that … Continue reading

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“Every fact is to be confirmed by the testimony of two or three witnesses”

This principle – “Every fact is to be confirmed by the testimony of two or three witnesses” – is itself confirmed in several passages of Scripture.The phrase appears first in Deuteronomy 17:6 and 19:15.  It is then quoted four times … Continue reading

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Biblical Poetry

The Bible is filled with poetry, most notably the Psalms.  However, poetry can also be found in other books of the Bible, most often in those books written by the prophets. With Engish poetry, we’re used to rhyme – that … Continue reading

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Clarity Through Contrast

To make a point clear, the Bible will often speak in contrasts.  While the contrasts are not always between something good and something bad, they often are.  Here are some examples: Psalm 45:7  –  “righteousness” v. “wickedness” Proverbs 29:25  – … Continue reading

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Biblical Patterns of Speech

The Bible, being a product of ancient Jewish culture, uses speech patterns which help us to better grasp its meaning.  These include, but are not limited to, the following: Biblical Poetry Clarity Through Contrast Verbal Pairs That Heighten and Reinforce … Continue reading

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Verbal Triplets That Heighten and Reinforce Understanding

When the Bible speaks “in three’s” (i.e. trios or triplets of terms) it strengthens our understanding just as it does when it speaks in pairs or duos of words, or even in longer lists. EXAMPLES INVOLVING POSITIVE DESCRIPTIONS Proverbs 2:6 … Continue reading

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