The British nursery rhyme “Peter Piper,” first published in 1813, is a well-known tongue twister wherein an inquiry is made into the whereabouts of the peck (¼ bushel) of pickled peppers allegedly picked by Peter Piper. Because of the repetitious sequence of words beginning with the letter “P,” the rhyme is easy to remember and hard to forget.
The literary device that repeats the sound of the first letter in a series of words is called alliteration, an example of which can be found in the original Greek version of 2 Corinthians 9:8. Paul is reminding his readers that God is “able” [δυνατέω = sufficiently powerful],1 but in what ways? Lost in English translation, alliteration is used (whether intentional or not) in driving home the point with a succession of seven words beginning with the letter Π (the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet, corresponding to the English “P”):Image credit: http://photolisticlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/BOUNTIFUL-HARVEST.jpg