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The Lord will spell out his message for them again, one line at a time. (Isaiah 28:13, NLT)
God repeats Himself over and over in the Bible.
Sometimes, the repetition is obvious with exact words used sequentially, as in “Truly, truly” (Gospel of John) and “Holy, holy, holy” (Revelation 4)
More often, the repetition is subtly delivered with a synonym: words or phrases that mean (nearly) the same thing.
Here’s an example in Psalm 119:1-2:
“Joyful are people who follow the instructions of the Lord … who obey his laws.”
“Follow the instructions” and “obey” are synonyms – two ways to communicate one concept.
This use of repetition:
A synonym is a clever way you can use repetition to emphasize your point and expand it. It’s a powerful persuasive writing tool used throughout the Bible.
That’s reason enough to use this device in your writing, don’t you think?
Repeat your point using different words.
Thank you for the ingenious ways You teach me so I can understand. You are patient and creative in Your Word. Inspire me to use words in ways that emphasize and expand a point and touch readers.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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