Excerpt from Bullinger’s Figures of Speech Used in the Bible

Condescension

When God or Christ is spoken of as a Husbandman (i.e., by Synecdoche), or a vinedresser. See Isa. 5:1–9, John 15::1, Matt. 20:1–16.

As a Builder. Heb. 2:4; Heb. 11:10.

As a Warrior. Ex. 5:3. Ps. 45:3–5; Ps. 46:8-9; Ps. 46:76.

As a Counsellor. Isa. 9:6.

As a Physician. Ex. 15:26. Ps. 147:3.

As a Shepherd. Ps. 23 Ezek. 34:23; 37:24. Micah 5:4; Micah 7:14. Zech. 13:7. John 10:11. Heb. 13:20. 1 Pet. 2:25; 1 Pet. 5:4.

As a Father. Deut. 32:6. Ps. 68:5, 6. Isa. 64:8. Matt. 6:1, 6, 8, 9. Rom. 8:15. Heb. 12:5–10.

As a King, Prince, etc. Isa. 9:6; Isa. 55:4; Isa. 32:1; Isa. 33:22.

As a Spouse. Matt. 9:15; Matt. 25:1. Mark 2:19. Luke 5:34. John 3:29.

As a Witness. Isa. 43:10; Isa. 55:4. Jer. 29:23. Mal. 3:5. Rev. 1:5; Rev. 3:14. John 18:37.

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