(Greek - carrying across) In metaphoric language the comparison being made between one thing and another is not made explicit. Rather something is talked about as if it were something else: "Oh, you pig!"
Biblical Hebrew usage does not seem to make a strong distinction
between metaphor and simile, though the
lesser precision of what part of the meaning is being transferred
may give metaphor greater power over the imagination. While the
meaning of: "I have gone astray like a lost sheep" (Ps
119:176) is fairly straightforward, to imagine what it means to
be "the sheep of his pasture" (Ps 100:3) engages our
imagination and different readers will give differing content
to the image.
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