Literary device by which each section of a literary work begins with the succeeding letter of the alphabet. Thus in
Psalms 119:1 the first eight verses begin with aleph, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet; the next eight with beth, the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and the pattern is continued through
Psalms 119:169-176, which each begin with taw, the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Other examples in the Bible include
Lamentations 4:1. The acrostic style helped people memorize the poem and expressed completeness of subject matter from A to Z.
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Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'ACROSTIC'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".