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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Old Testament
 
  As the sycamore trees are in the vale for abundance.  1
  Afraid as a grasshopper.  2
  Ascended as the smoke of a furnace.  3
  She that maketh you ashamed is as a rottenness in the bones.  4
  Gone astray like a lost sheep.  5
  Chased away as the vision of the night.  6
  Away as with a whirlwind.  7
  Slideth back as a backsliding heifer.  8
  Bellow as bulls.  9
  Bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.  10
  And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands.  11
  Bitter as wormwood.  12
  Black as a raven.  13
  Black like an oven.  14
  Blacker than a coal.  15
  Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.  16
  He maketh the deep to boil like a pot.  17
  Bold as a lion.  18
  His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.  19
  I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.  20
  Bow down his head like a bulrush.  21
  Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies.  22
  Broader than the sea.  23
  Burneth as a flaming fire.  24
  Burning like the burning of a fire.  25
  Burst like new bottles.  26
  Chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.  27
  Chased away as a vision of the night.  28
  Chased you, as bees do.  29
  Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter.  30
  His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers.  31
  Clear as the sun.  32
  Cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.  33
  Cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down.  34
  Compasseth them about as a chain.  35
  Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.  36
  Confounded, as corn blasted before it is grown up.  37
  Consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.  38
  Consume away like a moth; surely every man is vanity.  39
  Consumed like smoke.  40
  Consumed them as stubble.  41
  As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.  42
  Continued as long as the sun.  43
  He stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion.  44
  Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.  45
  Counted as sheep for the slaughter.  46
  His countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.  47
  His countenance was like lightning.  48
  Jealousy is as cruel as the grave.  49
  Cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.  50
  I cry like a travailing woman.  51
  Cut down like the grass.  52
  Cuts like a two-edged sword.  53
  Dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.  54
  He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.  55
  As smoke is driven away, so drive them away.  56
  The driving is like the driving of Jehu, the son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously.  57
  Drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.  58
  My soul escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.  59
  Established for ever as the moon.  60
  As the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.  61
  Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.  62
  His eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.  63
  Thine eyes are like the fish-pools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim.  64
  Eyes like unto a flame of fire.  65
  We all do fade as a leaf.  66
  Fair as the moon.  67
  Fair as the daughters of Job.  68
  Fasten him as a nail in a sure place.  69
  Fat as grease.  70
  Grow fat as the heifer at grass.  71
  Firm as a stone.  72
  A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.  73
  Flee as a bird to your mountain.  74
  Flee, as fleeing from a sword.  75
  Fleeth also as a shadow.  76
  Flourish as a branch.  77
  Flourish like an herb.  78
  Flourish like grass of the earth.  79
  Flourish like the palm tree.  80
  As a flower of the field so he flourisheth.  81
  Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.  82
  Forgotten as a dead man out of mind.  83
  Full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.  84
  Gathered as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again.  85
  A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.  86
  Goeth … as an ox goeth to the slaughter.  87
  Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.  88
  Gone like shadow when it declineth.  89
  Your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.  90
  Hard as a piece of the nether millstone.  91
  Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.  92
  Heavier than the sands of the sea.  93
  As high as heaven.  94
  Taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth.  95
  As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.  96
  Hot as an oven.  97
  Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.  98
  For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool.  99
  Leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.  100
  He was leprous as snow.  101
  My lips are like a thread of scarlet.  102
  His lips like lilies, dropping sweet-smelling myrrh.  103
  Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.  104
  Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.  105
  Melt away as waters which run continual.  106
  Melted like wax.  107
  Mourn as a dove.  108
  Multiply as the bud of the field.  109
  Multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven.  110
  Even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude.  111
  As the stars of heaven for multitude.  112
  A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.  113
  A good name is like sweet-smelling ointment.  114
  Thy neck is as a tower of ivory.  115
  Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.  116
  They shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth.  117
  As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.  118
  Passeth away as a cloud.  119
  Pass through thy hand as a river.  120
  Perish forever like his own dung.  121
  As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.  122
  Purer than snow.  123
  Pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.  124
  Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.  125
  Reel to and fro and stagger like a drunkard.  126
  Thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  127
  As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.  128
  Revive as the corn.  129
  Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep.  130
  Rise up as a great lion.  131
  Roareth like the sea.  132
  More ruddy in body than rubies.  133
  He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.  134
  Run like oil.  135
  Run like the lightnings.  136
  A rushing like the rushing of mighty waters.  137
  Sank into the bottom as a stone.  138
  Scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.  139
  Scatter them as the stubble that passeth away by the wind of the wilderness.  140
  Scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd.  141
  Secretly as a lion in his den.  142
  Set my face like a flint.  143
  Sharp as a two-edged sword.  144
  Sharper than a thorn.  145
  Shine as the brightness of the firmament.  146
  Shout, as they that tread the grapes.  147
  They sank into the bottom as a stone.  148
  Sank as lead in the mighty waters.  149
  Skip like a calf.  150
  Mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.  151
  Slideth back as a backsliding heifer.  152
  As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.  153
  Small as the dust before the wind.  154
  Beat them as small as the dust of the earth.  155
  As small as the hoar frost on the ground.  156
  Smoother than butter.  157
  Softer than oil.  158
  Sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.  159
  Spread … abroad as the four winds of heaven.  160
  As the valleys are they spread forth.  161
  Spreading himself like a green bay tree.  162
  They shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.  163
  Spring as the grass.  164
  Stagger like a drunken man.  165
  Still as a stone.  166
  Stingeth like an adder.  167
  Stretched out the heavens as a curtain.  168
  Strong as death.  169
  Strong as iron.  170
  As swift as the eagle flieth.  171
  As swift as the roes upon the mountains.  172
  Swift as the waters.  173
  Swifter than a weaver’s shuttle.  174
  Swifter than the eagles of the heaven.  175
  Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.  176
  Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them.  177
  Thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.  178
  His countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible.  179
  Terrible as an army with banners.  180
  My soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.  181
  Gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit.  182
  Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.  183
  I am tossed up and down as the locust.  184
  Tried us as silver is tried.  185
  Shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.  186
  Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments.  187
  Unstable as water.  188
  Went up as the smoke of a furnace.  189
  Upright as an heap.  190
  Vanish away like smoke.  191
  I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child.  192
  Weak as water.  193
  It was like coriander seed, white.  194
  Whiter than milk.  195
  But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.  196
  I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down.  197
  Wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.  198
  My heart is smitten, and withered like grass.  199
  Wither as the green herb.  200
  A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.  201
  A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.  202
  Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.  203
  The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.  204
 
 
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