I have thought of this for a while and was wondering what literary convention does the following reflect, and why was it used?

Daniel 12:4 - "But you, Daniel, keep the words secret and the book sealed until the time of the end".

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“Synonymous Parallelism“ is used in Daniel 12:4. Secrets are concealed, so the phrase in [12:4] “close up the words and seal the book” ( סְתֹ֧ם הַדְּבָרִ֛ים וַֽחֲתֹ֥ם הַסֵּ֖פֶר ) - states the same idea 2 different ways.

  • Thank you! I'm just a bit unsure as to why the author chose to use this literary convention in this context. Is there a particular reason other than to amplify and emphasize the following? Commented Aug 10, 2020 at 3:20
  • Like Yechezkel (Ezekiel), Daniel was a prophet who associated this poetic style of speaking with the Word of YHVH. * In [Ezekiel 3:3] “Feed your stomach and fill your bowels with this scroll”. Commented Aug 10, 2020 at 3:29

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