Figurative language is a very common feature of the scriptures and needs to be clearly understood in order that we may more effectively rightly divide the word of truth (2 tim 2:15) god said that he would reveal himself in a way less distinct and clear to the prophets than he had communed with moses (num 12:1-8.
Prophets and figurative language jeremiah was a prophet called upon by god at a very young age to do his work jeremiah spoke against those who disobeyed god and spoke on the consequences of sin. Jeremiah, daniel, hosea, amos, jonah, zechariah etc revelation draws figurative language from nearly every prophetic writer 5 evidence of figures which are impossible ‘literally’ the following figures serve as an ad absurdum argument for the extremist ‘only literal’ theory in the biblical world of the prophets male ideas ruled.
Figurative language in interpretation this lesson is the second of two lessons on interpretation you have learned that figurative language explains one the prophets often saw visions which revealed future events to them that is, they were given mental pictures of. The figurative, symbolic language used in prophecy employs five basic figures of speech (there are many), which we’ll review below, and then see how they appear in biblical prophecy, and how the baha’i teachings interpret them.
I university of nairobi department of linguistics and languages the use of figurative language in the hadiths of prophet muhammad (pbuh) in the book paradise of. It might be well to mention another false doctrine cropping up from this confusion of literal and figurative language namely, the teaching of the millennium based on several figurative expressions in the old testament, and more especially on revelation xx, 1–7.
Figurative language in interpretation 87 problems can prophetic portions always be literally interpreted as are the great teaching passages of the bible can you understand isaiah in the same way you understand the sermon on the mount (matthew 5–7) no, isaiah will be harder to interpret. The exceptions to this rule would be when the speaker often uses nonliteral language or when taking the words literally twists or distorts what is said ezekiel provides much figurative language look at the book of ezekiel for a moment. What can help us in this regard is that the psalms and prophets used figurative language to ascribe spiritual significance to temporal events let’s take a look at psalm 18: then the earth shook and trembled the foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, because he was angry.
This passage is an interesting combination of literal language graphically describing the attack of the medes, and figurative language describing god’s act of judgment through this event the event itself is, on the historical level, just another exercise in ancient warfare, a relic for the annals of ancient history. Figurative language poems with questions poetry is a rich source of figurative language though there are examples of figurative language to be found in all genres of literature, perhaps none more than in poetry. Figurative language also can be used to obscure the meaning for all but an intended audience in rare cases the intention of a bible figure or riddle is to hide the meaning, as one would do by communicating in code. Hopefully, looking at these words from the early chapters of ezekiel will help us more clearly see one principle of dealing with prophetical, poetic language we must never place more emphasis on the figurative language in any verse than the bible does let god emphasize what matters in the text.
Bible prophecy is a special topic because it often makes use of figurative language, and because there are special time elements involved in the prophet's message. Here’s my figurative speech analysis of this mysterious passage: 1 simile: “his eyes were as a flame of fire” 2 metaphor: “his name is called the word of god” “the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of almighty god” (genitive metaphor) 3.
Definition, usage and a list of figurative language examples in literature figurative language means language in which figures of speech are used to make it effective, persuasive and impactful.