Mes-o-zeug -ma, i.e., middle-yoke, from μέσος (mesos), middle.

The Zeugma is so-called when the verb or adjective occurs in the middle of the sentence.

The Latins called it  CONJUNCTUM,  joined-together-with.


Mark 13:26.— “Then shall they see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.”


[Note: I have added the Textus Receptus here, because the figure is not apparent in either the King James or Revised Standard Versions. The word order Dr. Bullinger points out is clear, with a hyperlink to each word’s definition.]
Mar 13:26 TRκαὶ τότε ὄψονται τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐρχόμενον ἐν νεφέλαις μετὰ δυνάμεως πολλῆς καὶ δόξης ].

Here in the Greek the adjective is put between the two nouns, thus:
“Power, great, and glory,” and it applies to both in a peculiar manner.
This Zeugma calls our attention to the fact that the power will be great and the glory will be great: and this more effectually emphasizes the greatness of both,
than if it had been stated in so many words.


So also Mark 5:40, “The father of the child and the mother”; (verse 42) “ Arose the damsel and walked.” (Mar 5:40 KJV – And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.”

Mar 5:42 KJV — “ And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.”


Luke 1:64.—“And his mouth was opened immediately and his tongue, and he spake and praised God.”

Here it is not the act of the opening and loosing that we are to think of, but the fact that through this predicted miracle he praised God with his mouth and his tongue in spite of all the months of his enforced silence.

From “Figures Of Speech Used In The Bible” by E. W. Bullinger,
(Public Domain) pages 131-136 (134). Adapted for website compatibility.
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