Epexegesis, is an added interpretation: that is, when the Orator doth interprete a word or sentence going before by another word or sentence comming after in this manner: “When shall be opened the rightuous judgement of God, which will reward everie man according to his deeds.” Rom
That is to say, praise, honour, and immortalitie to them which continue in well doing, and seeke immortalitie: but unto themthat are rebels, and do not obey the truth, but follow unrighteousnesse, shall come indignation, wrath, tribulation, & c. “I know that in me” Rom.
, that is to say, in my flesh dwelleth no good thing.
The use of this figure.
This figure is evermore used when the speaker is desirous to make his meaning most plaine & manifest, supposing it needful for the better explanation therof, to adde a lightsom enterpretation, whereby darke senses are well declared, and the hearer well instructed.
There be two most needfull observations herein to be regarded, the one, that the interpretation be a true declaration of the sense, and in no part false, the other, that it may give light, and manifest the word or sentence which it expoundeth, and not obscure it, as some enterpreters now and then do, who through ignorance and want of art, make their interpretations darker then the text, whereby it commeth to passe, that there is called a most darke eclips of bright doctrine, through the interposition of ignorance, which is well resembled in a sore eye, which being tormented and darkened with a pin and a webbe, causeth the other also to become dimme and halfe blinde.