Metaphors and Similes are used throughout the Bible to describe God, ourselves and the world. Here are some examples to help you get started…

Similes and Metaphors for God:

Rock and fortress (2 Samuel 22:2)

Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)

Horn, refuge, shield, string tower (Psalm 18:2)

Bird (Psalm 91:4) and eagle (Jeremiah 32:11-12)

Similes and Metaphors for Jesus:

Jesus is the Bread of Life (John 6:35)

Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12)

Jesus is the Door (John 10:9)

Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11)

Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25-26)

Jesus is the Vine  (John 15:5)

Jesus is Alpha and Omega-Revelation 1:8, 22:13
Jesus is the Branch from Jesse-Isaiah 11:1
Jesus is the Lamb of God-John 1:36
Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah-Revelation 5:5
Jesus is the Living Stone-1 Peter 2:4

Holy Spirit

God’s Seed-1 John 3:9
Helper-John 14:16, 26, 15:26, Romans 8:26
Living Water-John 7:38-39


We are the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27)

We are clay (Isaiah 64:8)

Tree (Psalm 1)

A worm (Psalm 22:6)

We are the vine (John 15:1-11)

We are the sheep (John 10:1-18 )

Fishes of men (Matthew 4:19)

God’s word

Silver (Psalm 12:6)

Lamp and light (Psalm 119:105)

Sword (Hebrews 4:12)

Kingdom of heaven

….is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. (Matthew 13:24)

… is like a mustard seed (Matthew 13:31)

… is like yeast (Matthew 13:33)

… is like treasure hidden in a field. (Matthew 13:44)

… is like a net (Matthew 13:47)


Armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Fruit of the Spirit (Galatian 5:22-23)

Words are like honeycomb (Proverbs 16:24) swords and arrows (Psalm 64:3)