An Expression of Feeling by way of Prayer, Curse, or Imprecation.

Eu’-chee. Greek, eὐχή, a prayer, wish, or vow. Latin VOTUM.

This includes a prayer, or wish; also a prayer for evil; hence curse, imprecation.

This figure is a change by which a statement is expressed as a prayer,
instead of as a matter of fact. And where the prayer comes in by way of
parenthesis caused by the sudden change.

Its use arises from and betokens an excited condition of feeling.

The Scriptures abound with examples of all kinds, which may be sought out
and studied for instruction and example.

See Deut. 28:67. Isa. 64:1, 2 (63:19; 64:1). Acts 26:29. Rom. 9:3.
The subject to which this figure introduces us may be treated of quite separately:
as the prayer may be introduced as an ejaculation, as a parenthesis, or as an addition or conclusion, etc.

Psa. 118:25 —“Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee,
send now prosperity.”


From “Figures Of Speech Used In The Bible” by E. W. Bullinger,
(Public Domain) page 920. Adapted for website compatibility.
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References: King James Version

Deut. 28:67 – In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith
thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.

Psa. 118:25 – Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee,
send now prosperity.


Isa. 64:1 – Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,
v2 – As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make
thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!

Acts 26:29 – And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.


Rom. 9:3 – For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

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