Bible Book List
Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5409 metaphor
5409 metaphor

5409 metaphor

An image which suggests similarities between two different ideas, without implying that they are identical. Scripture uses metaphors extensively, as a way of illustrating aspects of its teaching.

Examples of metaphors for God

Father Dt 32:6; Isa 64:8; Mal 2:10; Eph 4:6

Rock Dt 32:4 See also 1Sa 2:2; 2Sa 22:2; Ps 62:2; Ps 78:35

Shepherd Ps 23:1 See also Ps 28:9; Ps 80:1; Eze 34:11-16

Examples of metaphors for Jesus Christ

Bread of life Jn 6:35-51

Good shepherd Jn 10:11,14

Light of the world Jn 8:12; Jn 9:5

Examples of metaphors for the Holy Spirit

Counsellor Jn 14:16,26; Jn 15:26; Jn 16:7

Breath Ge 2:7; Job 32:8; Job 33:4; Job 34:14

Wind Jn 3:8

Examples of metaphors for the church

Bride Rev 19:7; Rev 21:2-9; Rev 22:17

Household of God Eph 2:19; 1Ti 3:15

Body of Christ Ro 12:4; 1Co 12:12-27; Eph 1:22-23; Col 1:24

See also

1040God, fatherhood
1215God, feminine descriptions
1220God as shepherd
1240God, the Rock
2203Christ, titles of
2315Christ as Lamb
2330Christ as shepherd
3110Holy Spirit, titles of
7020church, the

Bible Gateway Recommends

Daily Guidance - eBook
Daily Guidance - eBook
Retail: $5.99
Our Price: $4.79Save: $1.20 (20%)Buy Now
Useful Verbs and Tenses - eBook
Useful Verbs and Tenses - eBook
Retail: $5.99
Our Price: $4.51Save: $1.48 (25%)Buy Now
Crossword Companion - eBook
Crossword Companion - eBook
Retail: $5.99
Our Price: $3.72Save: $2.27 (38%)Buy Now