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Bullinger's Figures of Speech Used in the Bible

Diasyrmos; or Raillery

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An Expression of Feeling by way of tearing away Disguise

Di´-a-syrm-os. Greek, διασυρμός, a tearing in pieces, from διασύρειν (diasurein); and this from διά (dia) and σύρειν (surein), to drag, to force away.

Twice the word is used in connection with Paul: Acts 8:3, "haltug"; and Acts 14:19, "drew."

This figure is so called, because it tears away the veil, or whatever may be covering the real matter in question, and shows it up as it really is. Hence, raillery which tears away all disguise.

Matthew 26:50.-"Friend, wherefore art thou come?"

John 7:4.-The Lords brethren seek to reflect upon Him, as if He were mismanaging His affairs. But, in this case, the Diasyrmos proceeded from their own mistake as to what His mission really was. "There is no man that doeth anything in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly."


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Bullinger, E. W., D.D. Entry for 'Diasyrmos; or Raillery'. Bullinger's Figures of Speech Used in the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/lexicons/bullinger/66.

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the Week of Proper 28 / Ordinary 33
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