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Symbolism of Colors in the Bible

                                                           Colors

In apocalyptic literature, color plays an important role in conveying symbolic meaning. Take for example, the woman that John sees in the wilderness. She sits on a scarlet beast and wears purple and scarlet

 Below is a list of all the colors mentioned in the Bible with both their references and their meaning.......

 Below is a list of all the colors mentioned in the Bible with both their references and their meaning.......

 Amber: Symbolizes the Glory of God

 Black: 

One of the more commonly used colors of the Bible; describes the color of  the middle of the night (Proverbs 7:9); diseased skin (Job 30:30); healthy hair (Song of Solomon 5:11; Matthew 5:36); corpes' faces (Lamentations 4:8); the sky (Jeremiah 4:28); the darkening of the sun and the moon (Joel 2:10); horses (Zechariah 6:2; Revelation 6:5); and marble (Esther 1:6).

The color black symbolizes sin, death, and famine.  

 Blue:

 Used to describe the color of a wound, but may refer to the wound itself (Proverbs 20:30). It also describes the sky, Heaven, and the Holy Spirit.

 Brown:

 A dark, blackish color referred only to sheep (Genesis 30:32-33, 35, 40).

 Crimson:

 Crimson linen was used in the temple (II Chronicles 2:7,14, 3:14); the color must have been indelible or permanet (Jeremiah 4:30), as crimson is used figuratively as sin. (Isaiah 1:18)

Often refers to blood atonement and sacrifice.

 Gray:

 Used only to describe the hair of the elderly (Genesis 42:38)

 Green

Normally describes vegetation; used as pastures Psalms 23:2; Herbage (II Kings 19:26); trees in general (Deuteronomy 12:2; Luke 23:31; Revelation 8:7); the marriage bed (in a figurative sense, Song of Solomon 1:16); a hypocrite compared to a papyrus plant (Job 8:16); and grass (Mark 6:39). A word meaning "greenish" describes plague spots (Leviticus 13:49, 14:37) as well as a color of gold. Most often associated with the meaning of growth.

 Purple:

The most precious of ancient dyes made from a shellfish found in the Mediterranean Sea. A total of 250,000 mollusks was required to make one ounce of the dye, which partly accounts for its great price. It was highly valued within the nation of Israel.

Used in several features of the tabernacle (Exodus 26:1, 27:16) and the temple (II Chronicles 2:14); the color of royal robes (Judges 8:26); the garments of the wealthy (Proverbs 31:22; Luke 16:19); the vesture of a harlot (Revelation 17:4); and the robe placed on Jesus (Mark 15:17,20).

This color symbolizes kingship and royality.

 

 Red:

Described natural objects such as Jacob's stew (Genesis 25:30); the sacrifical heifer (Numbers 19:2); wine (Proverbs 23:31); newborn Esau (Genesis 25:25); Judah's eyes (Genesis 49:12); the eyes of the drunkard (Proverbs 23:29); and the dragon (Revelation 12:3).

The color of blood, it often symbolizes life; it also suggests bloodshed in the carnage of war.

 Scarlet:

Scarlet cord was tied around the wrist of Zerah (Genesis 38:28-30); used a great deal in the tabernacle (Exodus 25:4); the color of cord hung from Rahab's window (Joshua 2:18); a mark of prosperity (II Samuel 1:24; Proverbs 31:21); the color of the robe palced on Jesus (Matthew 27:28); though scarlet and purple were not always distinguished (Mark 15:17); color of the beast ridden by the harlot Babylon (Revelation 17:3) along with some of her followers (Revelation 18:16).

Often refers to blood atonement and sacrifice.

 White:

The color of animals (Genesis 30:35); manna (Exodus 16:31); both hair and pustules located in plague sores (Leviticus 13:3-39); garments (Ecclesiates 9:8, Daniel 7:9); the robes of the righteous (Revelation 19:8); horses (Zechariah 1:8; Revelation 6:2, 19:11); forgiven sins(Psalm 5:7, Isaiah 1:8); a refined remant (Daniel 11:35, 12:10); the beloved one (Song of Solomon 5:10); the white of an egg (Job 6:6); the shining garments of angels (Revelation 15:6) and the transfigured Christ (Matthew 17:2); hair (Matthew 5:36); gravestones (Matthew 23:27); and the great throne of judgment (Revelation 20:11).

Potrays purity, righteousness, joy, Light, and a white horse symbolizes victory.

 Yellow:

Indicates the greenish cast of gold (Psalm 68:13) and the light-colored hair in a leprous spot (Leviticus 13:30,32). Hurts Your Eyes To Read Also !

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