Terence George Craddock (Spectral Images and Images Of Light)

The Prophet And The Poet: Teach Synonymous Parallelism

What is

in biblical poetry

is repetition
a parallel

an idea

in the previous
kind of paraphrase

line two restates
an identical thought
found in line one

using equivalent
examples include

Lamech said to his wives,
'Adah and Zillah, listen to me;
wives of Lamech, hear my words.

I have killed a man for wounding me,
a young man for injuring me. ' Genesis 4: 23.
Is not the purpose to remind us

Lamech failed to obey God's laws?
'You shall not murder.' Exodus 20: 13.
'Do not seek revenge or bear

a grudge against one of your people,
but love your neighbor
as yourself. I am the LORD.' Leviticus 19: 18.

'It is mine to avenge; I will repay.
In due time their foot will slip;
their day of disaster is near

and their doom rushes upon them.' Deuteronomy 32: 35.
'O LORD, the God who avenges,
O God who avenges, shine forth.' Psalm 94: 1.

Our Lord God has spoken
God's message here is clear.
'Dearly beloved,

avenge not yourselves,
but rather give place unto wrath:
for it is written,

Vengeance is mine;
I will repay,
saith the Lord.' Romans12: 19.

Learn please

'Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
I admit that I am rebellious.

My sin is always in front of me.
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me. ' Psalm 51: 2-3.

'The LORD says,
'I look deep down
inside human hearts.

I see what is in people's minds.
I reward a man in keeping with his conduct.
I bless him based on what he has done.' Jeremiah 17: 10.

Therefore let it be known
that the Lord our God
teaches through examples


We are taught
through contrasting examples
who will listen learn?

Copyright © Terence George Craddock

Submitted: Sunday, April 29, 2012

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Draft conception planned 14.4.2000.

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