Simile and Metaphor

A simile is a comparison between people or things with something else which throws light on the description of the people or the meaning of the thing / concept / idea. The clue to the presence of a simile is the use of like / as.

Here are five examples of similes:

They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts [Judges 6:5]

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. [Matt. 13:44]

Every teacher of the law… is like the owner of a house [Matt. 13:52]

His appearance was like lightning and his clothes were white as snow [Matt. 28:3]

Descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore [Heb. 11:12].

Metaphors describe something in terms of something else, so creating a picture which throws light on the thing described. So when Jesus said, ‘I am the Good Shepherd’ [John 10:11] he was using a metaphor ‘shepherd’ to describe his role and he contrasts his way of being a shepherd – laying down his life for his sheep – with that of others.

For example in Psalm 119:105, Lamp and Light are metaphors for the word of God.

1 comment:

jlyn999 said...

that was very helpful thank you! can you post some joyful verses? god bless!