Spontaneous Negation.

Negation is used in a similar way as a Figure, when it is a denying of that which has not been affirmed: i.e., when, instead of merely making a statement, it is put in the form of a denial.

Paul uses it in Gal. 2:5, “ To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour,”
(See Synecdoche).

When the negation is very important, the negative is repeated, or combined with another negative to increase its emphasis. See Repeated Negation (page 339).

From “Figures Of Speech Used In The Bible” by E. W. Bullinger,
(Public Domain) page 961. Adapted for website compatibility.
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See also the figures Repeated Negation
 and Paradiastole.

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