Some aspects of Hebrew poetry

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Duplication, Parallelism

- Man / Son of Man
Numbers 23:19
"God is not as a man, that he should lie nor as a son of man, that he should be changed" .
Isaiah 56:2
"Blessed is the man that doth this and the son of man that shall lay hold on this."
Psalm 79:18
"Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand: and upon the son of man whom thou hast confirmed for thyself."
Psalm 33
"By the word of the LORD the heavens were made; by the breath of his mouth all their host" (6).
"For he spoke, and it came to be, commanded, and it stood in place" (9).
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, and the Word was God" (Jn 1:1).
- Zech 9:9
Exult greatly, O daughter Zion!
Shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem!
Behold: your king is coming to you,
a just savior is he,
Humble, and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
The middle phrase, "just savior," is more literally "just and victorious." It does not use the Hebrew word, goel, redeemer, or yasha, deliverer.
- Ps 135:4
For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as his treasured possession.
"Jacob" is "Israel." They are two names for the same person, not two separate people! In choosing Jacob/Israel, God also chooses all of Jacob's descendants, who are collectively called "Israel."
Canticle – Judith 16:14
Let your every creature serve you;
for you spoke, and they were made,
you sent forth your spirit, and they were created;
no one can resist your word.
- "Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit"
- Isaiah 62:3
You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the Lord,
a royal diadem held by your God.
- Hosea 5:15-16:2
Thus says the Lord:
In their affliction, they shall look for me:
“Come let us return to the Lord,
For it is he who has rent, but he will heal us;
he has struck us, but he will bind our wounds'.
He will revive us after two days;
on the third day he will raise us up,
to live in his presence.”
- Prologue to the Gospel of John
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be
through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
Luke 1:46-47
My soul [psyche] proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit [pneuma] rejoices in God my savior.

Other poetic devices






NAB, Ps 114: "Hallelujah: a frequent word in the last third of the Psalter. The word combines the plural imperative of praise (hallelu) with an abbreviated form of the divine name Yah(weh)."