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Questions tagged [metaphor]

A metaphor is a figure of speech that refers to one thing by means of another thing.

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What is the lesson of the “make straight paths” metaphor in Hebrews 12:13?

Hebrews 12:13 (NASB) "And make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed."
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Who is the Assyrian in Ezekiel 31:3

Ezekiel 31:3 Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs. This Assyrian mentioned ...
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What does the “Blood” & “Sea” & the “Great Mountain” mean?

John fortold events to come (Rev. 1:1) so what does this verse mean and what do the following stand for? A The "Blood"? B The "Sea"? C The "Great Mountain Burning With Fire"? D Why a "Third"? E ...
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Exegesis of Galatians 4:12. Is the presented analysis valid?

Galatians 4:12 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 12 I beg of you, brethren, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong; Galatians 4:12 King James Version ...
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In 1 Corinthians 10:4, in what sense was Christ the rock that followed the Jews and how did he/it follow?

Is Paul saying that the rock trailed behind the wandering Jews? And was the rock literally Christ in a different form? Or is he calling attention to its value as a metaphor for Christ? KJV 1Co_10:4 ...
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In Mark 8:14-16 and Matthew 16:5-7 why did the disciples think the “leaven of the Pharisees” was about them forgetting to take bread?

14 Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, and they did not have more than one loaf with them in the boat. 15 Then he charged them, saying, "Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and ...
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Are Christ’s words to Ananias in Acts 9:12 and 15 an approval of Paul’s message of grace?

Acts 9:11-18 (KJV) 11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he ...
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In what ways was Pharaoh “troubling the waters with his feet and fouling the rivers” Ezekiel 32:2

Ezekiel 32:2 (NKJV) "Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say to him: 'You are like a young lion among the nations, And you are like a monster in the seas, Bursting ...
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What does it mean to have a scent as “the wine of Lebanon” Hosea 14:7

Hosea 14:7 (NKJV) 7 Those who dwell under his shadow shall return; They shall be revived like grain, And grow like a vine. Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon. What is the wine ...
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Is the number “144,000” mentioned in Revelation 14 a literal number or a prophetic number?

Is the number "144,000" mentioned in Revelation 14:1-5 a literal number or a prophetic number representing a bigger multitude? 1 Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount ...
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Genesis 2 and 3 - Why was nudity suddenly a shame for Adam?

Genesis 2 Adam was created from mud, and Eve was created from one of Adam's ribs. Both had remained naked in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and ...
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How does a believer behold as in the mirror the glory of the Lord in 2 Corinthians 3:18?

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (...
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What do the wings and features in the description of the heavenly creature in Ezekiel Chapter 1 signify?

I believe the faces of the creature may represent the different parts of God's creation as holiness illustrated. Soul of Man, Heart of a Lion, Strength of an Ox, Mind of an Eagle. I'm curious what the ...
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What is the significance of 'earthern vessel' in 'treasure in earthern vessel' of 2 Cor 4:7?

What is the significance of earthen vessel/clay jar in 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NKJV) where Paul talks about the treasure, the light of Christ's gospel? "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, ...
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John 15:5 – Bring Forth or Carry/Support Fruit?

In John 15 Jesus uses an example from agriculture to illustrate the relationship between Himself and His disciples: ἐγώ εἰμι ἡ ἄμπελος ὑμεῖς τὰ κλήματα ὁ μένων ἐν ἐμοὶ κἀγὼ ἐν αὐτῷ οὗτος φέρει ...
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John 12:24--In what way does the grain of wheat die?

John 12:24 23 But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it ...
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Does God have more than one bride? [closed]

If the church is the bride of Christ" Eph. 5, II Cor. 11:2: I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to ...
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Does “foundations of the earth” in Job 38:4 refer to just the earth, or is it a metaphor for more?

While asking this question on music at Christianity Stack Exchange, I had simply assumed that Job 38 described music as more primordial than matter, but then I realized I wasn't sure whether the ...
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Does Job's “covenant with [his] eyes” refer to marriage?

Job's final appeal to God includes this assertion of innocence: I have covenanted with my eyes Not to gaze on a maiden.—Job 31:1 (NJPS) The ESV reads this as a rhetorical question: I have ...
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Does Jesus always use the mustard seed to signify the property of “smallness”?

In Luke, we read: The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and ...
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Unfamiliar metaphors in Hosea 14:6-7

Hosea 14:5-7 (ESV) reads, 5 I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon; 6 his shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall ...
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What was Jesus referring to by “the eye of the needle”?

What is the opinion on Jesus's use of the phrase "the eye of a needle" in Mark 10:25: And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter ...