John Brown of Haddington on the Bible’s use of synecdoches

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By SYNECDOCHE, 1. More universal terms are put for such as are more restricted: as ALL, for many; for all kinds; for the greater or better part, Matth. iii. 5. and xix. 28; the world, for the Roman empire, the Gentiles, the wicked, the Antichristians, Luke ii. 1. 1 John ii. 2. and v. 18. Rev. xiii. 8; every creature, for men, Mark xvi. 15; or the plural number for the singular, as children, for child, Gen. xxi. 7. 2. More restricted terms are put for such as are more extensive: as, one for all of the kind, Psal. i. 1; yesterday, for time past, Heb. xiii. 8; a limited number, as thrice, seven, or ten times, for frequently, 2 Cor. xii. 8. Psal. cxix. 164; a thousand, five thousand, for an uncertain number, Is. xxx. 17. 3. ...

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