Today I ran across an outline for a class a gave a few months back on repetition in the Bible. I’d like to give it again someday, I wanted to share the outline with you all and ask if there is something I missed you might help me add, any other examples of this kind of obvious repetition in the Bible.
I started with the repetition in Hebrew poetry, something I just started reading about. We used Psalm 51 as an example, in the first several verses David basically says the same thing twice each time using different words. I would love to hear more about this from anyone on this forum who has studied Hebrew poetry.
Then all kinds of direct repetition, of phrases and/or words, some for emphasis, some for deep emotion, some in vain repetition.
Isaiah 28:10, 13--”sav lasav sav lasav, kav lakav kav lakav”
Jeremiah 7:4--”the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord.”
23:25--”I had a dream, I had a dream!”
Psalm 22--”My God, my God” and of course “Eli, Eli” in the gospels
Psalm 136--”For His lovingkindness is everlasting” in each verse
Ecclesiastes--”Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.”
Gal 1, preaching another gospel, Phil 4, rejoice, Paul says, I will say it again!--says 2x
Lord, Lord--Matt 7:21-22, Luke 6:46
Matthew 20:30-31--”Lord, son of David, have mercy on us!” 2x
Matthew 23:37--”O Jerusalem, Jerusalem”
“Amen amen lego”, the well-known “verily verily I say”. Interesting the amen is always doubled in John only. Anyone read anything/have any ideas as to why? I do love the sound of “Amen amen lego umin” (say unto you plural)
Finally, barbarian/barbaros, echoing the sound of repeated syllables “bar-bar”--to sound like someone who speaks a language you can’t understand. I think this really sheds light on passages like Romans 1:14 and Colossians 3:11--we are obligated to such people and are blessed that many are part of the body!
Anything else as far as repetition? I would appreciate any input! I really enjoyed this study, this is just the outline, but thinking about the application of each verse was really powerful, and the repetition brings it home and helps you remember!