A simile is a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid.
Similes are used as a method of comparison.
Examples of biblical similes:
1 Thessalonians 5:2 1 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
Matthew 13:52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Psalm 102:6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.
The difference between a metaphor and a simile:
“A simile is a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind. It is used to make a description more emphatic or vivid. You know you’ve spotted one when you see the words like or as in a comparison. (e.g., as brave as a lion, crazy like a fox ).
A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes an object or action in a way that isn’t literally true but helps explain an idea or make a comparison. It states outright that one thing is another thing. If you’re a black sheep, you get cold feet, or you think love is a highway, then you’re probably thinking metaphorically.”