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The terms relative to color, occurring in the Bible, may be arranged in two classes, the first including those applied to the description of natural objects, the second those artificial mixtures which were employed in dyeing or painting. The purple and the blue were derived from a small shellfish found in the Mediterranean, and were very costly, and hence they were the royal colors. Red , both scarlet and crimson, was derived from an insect resembling the cochineal. The natural colors noticed in the Bible are white, black, red, yellow and green. The only fundamental color of which the Hebrews appear to have had a clear conception was red ; and even this is not very often noticed.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

kul'-er, kul'-erz: The word translated "color" in the King James Version is `ayin, which literally means "eye" or "appearance," and has been so translated in the Revised Version (British and American). In the New Testament the Greek prophasis, has the meaning of pretense or show (Acts 27:30; compare Revelation 17:4 the King James Version). The references to Joseph's coat of many colors (Genesis 37:3, 13, 12) and "garments of divers colors" (2 Samuel 13:18, 19) probably do not mean the color of the garment at all, but the form, as suggested in the American Revised Version, margin, "a long garment with sleeves." In Judges 5:30 the word for "dip" or "dye" appears in the original and has been so translated in the American Standard Revised Version. (see DYE). In 1 Chronicles 29:2 riqmah, meaning "variegated," hence, "varicolored," is found. In Isaiah 54:11, pukh is used. This name was applied to the sulfide of antimony (Arabic kochl) used for painting the eyes. Hence, the American Revised Version, margin rendering "antimony" instead of "fair colors" (see PAINT). In Ezekiel 16:16 Tala', is found, meaning "covered with pieces" or "spotted," hence, by implication "divers colors."

Although the ancient Hebrews had no specific words for "color," "paint" or "painter," still, as we know, they constantly met with displays of the art of coloring among the Babylonians (Ezekiel 23:14) and Egyptians and the inhabitants of Palestine Pottery, glazed bricks, glassware, tomb walls, sarcophagi, wood and fabrics were submitted to the skill of the colorist. This skill probably consisted in bringing out striking effects by the use of a few primary colors, rather than in any attempt at the blending of shades which characterizes modern coloring. That the gaudy show of their heathen neighbors attracted the children of Israel is shown by such passages as Judges 8:27 Ezekiel 23:12, 16.

Two reasons may be given for the indefiniteness of many of the Biblical references to color.

(1) The origin of the Hebrew people: They had been wandering tribes or slaves with no occasion to develop a color language.

(2) Their religious laws: These forbade expression in color or form (Exodus 20:4). Yielding to the attractions of gorgeous display was discouraged by such prophets as Ezekiel, who had sickened of the abominations of the Chaldeans (Ezekiel 23:14, 15, 16); "And I said unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes" (Ezekiel 20:7).

Indefiniteness of color language is common to oriental literature, ancient and modern. This does not indicate a want of appreciation of color but a failure to analyze and define color effects. The inhabitants of Syria and Palestine today delight in brilliant colors. Bright yellow, crimson, magenta and green are used for adornment with no evident sense of fitness, according to the foreigners' eyes, other than their correspondence with the glaring brightness of the eastern skies. A soapmaker once told the writer that in order to make his wares attractive to the Arabs he colored them a brilliant crimson or yellow. A peasant chooses without hesitation a flaring magenta or yellow or green zun-nar (girdle), rather than one of somber hues. The oriental student in the chemical or physical laboratory often finds his inability to distinguish or classify color a real obstacle. His closest definition of a color is usually "lightish" or "darkish." This is not due to color blindness but to a lack of education, and extends to lines other than color distinctions. The colloquial language of Palestine today is poor in words denoting color, and an attempt to secure from a native a satisfactory description of some simple color scheme is usually disappointing. The harmonious color effects which have come to us from the Orient have been, in the past, more the result of accident (see DYE) than of deliberate purpose, as witness the clashing of colors where modern artificial dyes have been introduced.

This inability of the peoples of Bible lands to define colors is an inheritance from past ages, a consideration which helps us to appreciate the vagueness of many of the Biblical references.

The following color words occur in the King James Version or Revised Version:

(1) bay,

(2) black,

(3) blue,

(4) brown,

(5) crimson,

(6) green,

(7) grey,

(8) hoar,

(9) purple,

(10) red,

(11) scarlet,

(12) sorrel,

(13) vermilion,

(14) white,

(15) yellow.

In addition there are indefinite words indicating mixtures of light and dark:

(a) grisled (grizzled),

(b) ringstraked (ringstreaked),

(c) speckled,

(d) spotted.

(1) Bay or Red:

Bay or red is more properly translated "strong" in the Revised Version (British and American).

(2) Black (Blackish):

Eight different words have been translated "black." They indicate various meanings such as "dusky like the early dawn," "ashen," "swarthy," "moved with passion." Black is applied to hair (Leviticus 13:31 Songs 5:11 Matthew 5:36); to marble or pavement (Esther 1:6); to mourning (Job 30:28, 30 Jeremiah 14:2); to passion (Jeremiah 8:21 the King James Version; Lamentations 5:10); to horses (Zechariah 6:2, 6 Revelation 6:5); to the heavens (1 Kings 18:45 Job 3:5 Proverbs 7:9 the King James Version; Jeremiah 4:28 Micah 3:6); to the sun (Revelation 6:12); to the skin (racial) (Songs 1:5, 6); to flocks (Genesis 30:32, 33, 15, 40); to brooks because of ice (Job 6:16).

(3) Blue:

Blue (tekheleth, a color from the cerulean mussel): This word was applied only to fabrics dyed with a special blue dye obtained from a shellfish. See DYE. shesh in one passage of the King James Version is translated "blue" (Esther 1:6). It is properly translated in the Revised Version (British and American) "white cloth." "Blueness of a wound" (Proverbs 20:30) is correctly rendered in the Revised Version (British and American) "stripes that wound." Blue is applied to the fringes, veil, vestments, embroideries, etc., in the description of the ark and tabernacle (Exodus 25 Numbers 4:6; Numbers 15:38); to workers in blue (2 Chronicles 2:7, 14; 2 Chronicles 3:14); to palace adornments (Esther 1:6); to royal apparel (Esther 8:15 Jeremiah 10:9 Ezekiel 23:6; Ezekiel 27:7, 24).

(4) Brown:

The Hebrew word meaning "sunburnt" or "swarthy" is translated "black" in the Revised Version (British and American) (Genesis 30:32).

(5) Crimson:

Crimson (karmil): This word is probably of Persian origin and applies to the brilliant dye obtained from a bug. A second word tola`ath, is also found. Its meaning is the same. See DYE. Crimson is applied to raiment (2 Chronicles 2:7, 14; 2 Chronicles 3:14 Jeremiah 4:30 the King James Version); to sins (Isaiah 1:18).

(6) Green (Greenish):

This word in the translation refers almost without exception to vegetation. The Hebrew yaraq, literally, "pale," is considered one of the three definite color words used in the Old Testament (see WHITE; RED). The Greek equivalent is chloros; compare English "chlorine." This word occurs in the following vs: Genesis 1:30; Genesis 9:3 Exodus 10:15 Leviticus 2:14 (the King James Version); 23:14 (the King James Version); 2 Kings 19:26 Psalm 37:2 Isaiah 15:6; Isaiah 37:27 Job 39:8; chloros, Mark 6:39 Revelation 8:7; Revelation 9:4. ra`anan, closely allied in meaning to yaraq, is used to describe trees in the following passages: Deuteronomy 12:2 1 Kings 14:23; 2 Kings 16:4; 2 Kings 17:10; 2 Kings 19:26 2 Chronicles 28:4; Job 15:32 Psalm 37:35; Psalm 52:8 Songs 1:16 Isaiah 57:5 Jeremiah 2:20; Jeremiah 3:6; Jeremiah 11:16; Jeremiah 17:2, 8; Ezekiel 6:13 Hosea 14:8. In the remaining verses the Hebrew equivalents do not denote color, but the condition of being full of sap, fresh or unripe (compare similar uses in English) (Genesis 30:37 (the King James Version); Judges 16:7, 8 Psalm 23:2 Songs 2:13 Job 8:16 Ezekiel 17:24; Ezekiel 20:47; Luke 23:31). In Esther 1:6 the Hebrew word refers to a fiber, probably cotton, as is indicated by the American Revised Version, margin. Greenish is used to describe leprous spots in Leviticus 13:49; Leviticus 14:37. The same word is translated "yellow" in Psalm 68:13.

(7) Gray:

The Hebrew sebhah, means old age, hence, refers also to the color of the hair in old age (Genesis 42:38; Genesis 44:29; Genesis 44:31 Deuteronomy 32:25 Psalm 71:18 Hosea 7:9). See Hoar, next paragraph.

(8) Hoar (Hoary):

The same word which in other verses is translated "gray" is rendered "hoar" or "hoary," applying to the hair in 1 Kings 2:6, 9 Isaiah 46:4 Leviticus 19:32 Job 41:32 Proverbs 16:31. Another Hebrew word is translated "hoar" or "hoary," describing "frost" in Exodus 16:14 Job 38:29 Psalm 147:16.

(9) Purple:

The Hebrew equivalent is 'argaman; Greek porphura. The latter word refers to the source of the dye, namely, a shell-fish found on the shores of the Mediterranean. See DYE. This color, which varied widely according to the kind of shellfish used and the method of dyeing, was utilized in connection with the adornment of the tabernacle (Exodus 25; Exodus 26; Exodus 26 27; 28; 35; 36; 38; 39 Numbers 4:13). There were workers in purple called to assist in beautifying the temple (2 Chronicles 2:7, 14; 2 Chronicles 3:14). Purple was much used for royal raiment and furnishings (Judges 8:26 Esther 1:6; Esther 8:15 Songs 3:10 Mark 15:17, 20 John 19:2, 5). Purple was typical of gorgeous apparel (Proverbs 31:22 Jeremiah 10:9 Songs 7:5 Ezekiel 27:7, 16; Luke 16:19 Acts 16:14 Revelation 17:4; Revelation 18:12, 16).

(10) Red:

The Hebrew 'adhom, is from dam, "blood," hence, "bloodlike." This is one of the three distinctive color words mentioned in the Old Testament (see GREEN; WHITE), and is found in most of the references to red. Four other words are used:

(a) chakhlili, probably "darkened" or "clouded" (Genesis 49:12 Proverbs 23:29);

(b) chamar, "to ferment" (Psalm 75:8 margin; Isaiah 27:2 the King James Version);

(c) bahaT, probably "to glisten" (Esther 1:6);

(d) purros "firelike" (Matthew 16:2, 3 Revelation 6:4; Revelation 12:3). Red is applied to dyed skins (Exodus 25:5; Exodus 26:14; Exodus 35:7, 23; 36:19:00; 39:34); to the color of animals (Numbers 19:2 Zechariah 1:8; Zechariah 6:2 Revelation 6:4; Revelation 12:3); to the human skin (Genesis 25:25; ruddy, 1 Samuel 16:12; 1 Samuel 17:42 Songs 5:10 Lamentations 4:7); to the eyes (Genesis 49:12 Proverbs 23:29); to sores (Leviticus 13); to wine (Psalm 75:8 m; Proverbs 23:31 Isaiah 27:2 the King James Version); to water (2 Kings 3:22); to pavement (Esther 1:6); to pottage (Genesis 25:30); to apparel (Isaiah 63:2); to the sky (Matthew 16:2, 3); to sins (Isaiah 1:18); to a shield (Nahum 2:3).

(11) Scarlet:

Scarlet and crimson colors were probably from the same source (see CRIMSON; DYE). tola`ath, or derivatives have been translated by both "scarlet" and "crimson" (Greek kokkinos). A Chaldaic word for purple has thrice been translated "scarlet" in the King James Version (Daniel 5:7, 16, 29). Scarlet is applied to fabrics or yarn used

(a) in the equipment of the tabernacle (Exodus 25 Numbers 4:8);

(b) in rites in cleansing lepers (Leviticus 14); in ceremony of purification (Numbers 19:6); to royal or gorgeous apparel (2 Samuel 1:24 Proverbs 31:21 Lamentations 4:5; "purple"; Nahum 2:3 Matthew 27:28 Revelation 17:4; Revelation 18:12, 16); to marking thread (Genesis 38:28, 30 Joshua 2:18, 21); to lips (Songs 4:3); to sins (Isaiah 1:18); to (Revelation 17:3); to wool (Hebrews 9:19).

(12) Sorrel:

This word occurs once in the Revised Version (British and American) (Zechariah 1:8).

(13) Vermilion:

This word, shashar, occurs in two passages (Jeremiah 22:14 Ezekiel 23:14). Vermilion of modern arts is a sulfide of mercury. It is not at all improbable that the paint referred to was an oxide of iron. This oxide is still taken from the ground in Syria and Palestine and used for decorative outlining.

(14) White:

The principal word for denoting whiteness in the Hebrew was labhan, a distinctive color word. Some of the objects to which it was applied show that it was used as we use the word "white" (Genesis 49:12). Mt. Lebanon was probably named because of its snow-tipped peaks (Jeremiah 18:14). White is applied to goats (Genesis 30:35); to rods (Genesis 30:37); to teeth (Genesis 49:12); to leprous hairs and spots (Leviticus 13 Numbers 12:10); to garments (Ecclesiastes 9:8; Ecclesiastes 7:9); as symbol of purity (Daniel 11:35; Daniel 12:10 Isaiah 1:18); to horses (Zechariah 1:8; Zechariah 6:3, 1); to tree branches (Joel 1:7); to coriander seed (Exodus 16:31). The corresponding Greek word, leukos, is used in New Testament. It is applied to hair (Matthew 5:36 Revelation 1:14); to raiment (Matthew 17:2; Matthew 28:3 Mark 9:3; Mark 16:5 Luke 9:29 John 20:12; Acts 1:10 Revelation 3:4, 5, 18; Revelation 6:11; Revelation 7:9, 13, 14; 19:14); to horses (Revelation 6:2; Revelation 19:11, 14); to a throne (Revelation 20:11); to stone (Revelation 2:17); to a cloud (Revelation 14:14). Besides labhan, four other Hebrew words have been translated "white":

(a) chori, or chur, meaning "bleached," applied to bread (Genesis 40:16); to linen (Esther 1:6; Esther 8:15);

(b) tsach, or tsachor, literally, "dazzling," is applied to asses (Judges 5:10); to human appearance (Songs 5:10); to wool (Ezekiel 27:18);

(c) dar, probably mother of pearl or alabaster (Esther 1:6);

(d) rir, literally, "saliva," and, from resemblance, "white of egg" (Job 6:6).

(15) Yellow:

This word occurs in Esther 1:6 to describe pavement; in Leviticus 13 to describe leprous hair; in Psalm 68:13 to describe gold.

Mixtures of colors:

(a) grizzled (grisled), literally, "spotted as with hail," applied to goats (Genesis 31:10, 12); to horses (Zechariah 6:3, 1);

(b) ringstreaked (ringstraked), literally, "striped with bands," applied to animals (Genesis 30:35; Genesis 31:8);

(c) speckled, literally, "dotted or spotted," applied to cattle and goats (Genesis 30:32; Genesis 31:8); to a bird (Jeremiah 12:9); to horses (Zechariah 1:8 the King James Version);

(d) spotted, literally, "covered with patches," applied to cattle and goats (Genesis 30:32). In Jude 1:23 "spotted" means "defiled."

Figurative: For figurative uses, see under separate colors.


Perrot and Chipiez, History of Art in Ancient Egypt, History of Art in Chaldea and Assyria, History of Art in Phoenicia and its Dependencies; Wilkinson, The Ancient Egyptians; Jewish Encyclopedia;EB; Delitzsch, Iris.

James A. Patch

4182. polupoikilos -- of differing colors
... of differing colors. Part of Speech: Adjective Transliteration: polupoikilos Phonetic
Spelling: (pol-oo-poy'-kil-os) Short Definition: much varied, manifold ...
// - 7k

4164. poikilos -- many colored
... colored. Part of Speech: Adjective Transliteration: poikilos Phonetic Spelling:
(poy-kee'-los) Short Definition: various, of different colors Definition: various ...
// - 6k

5472. chalkedon -- chalcedony (a precious stone)
... Masculine Transliteration: chalkedon Phonetic Spelling: (khal-kay-dohn') Short
Definition: chalcedony Definition: chalcedony, a small stone of various colors. ...
// - 6k

969. berullos -- beryl
... Transliteration: berullos Phonetic Spelling: (bay'-rool-los) Short Definition: a
beryl Definition: a beryl, a precious stone of various colors, the best known ...
// - 6k

Strong's Hebrew
7552. Reqem -- "having many colors," a Midianite king, also two ...
... 7551, 7552. Reqem. 7553 . "having many colors," a Midianite king, also
two Israelites, also a city in Benjamin. Transliteration ...
/hebrew/7552.htm - 6k

7553. riqmah -- variegated stuff
... from raqam Definition variegated stuff NASB Word Usage embroidered (4), embroidered
cloth (2), embroidered work (3), embroidery (1), many colors (1), stones of ...
/hebrew/7553.htm - 6k

1264. berom -- variegated cloth
... 1263, 1264. berom. 1265 . variegated cloth. Transliteration: berom Phonetic
Spelling: (ber-ome') Short Definition: colors. Word ...
/hebrew/1264.htm - 5k

2556b. chamats -- to be red
... to be red. Transliteration: chamats Short Definition: colors. Word Origin a prim.
root Definition to be red NASB Word Usage glowing colors (1). 2556a, 2556b. ...
/hebrew/2556b.htm - 5k

2921. tala -- to patch, spot
... Word Origin a prim. root Definition to patch, spot NASB Word Usage patched (1),
spotted (6), various colors (1). clouted, with divers colors, spotted. ...
/hebrew/2921.htm - 6k

6446. pas -- flat (of the hand or foot)
... Word Origin from an unused word Definition flat (of the hand or foot) NASB
Word Usage long-sleeved (2), varicolored (3). divers colors. ...
/hebrew/6446.htm - 6k

6320. puk -- antimony, stibium
... Word Origin perhaps of foreign origin Definition antimony, stibium NASB Word Usage
antimony (2), paint (1), painted* (1). fair colors, glistering, painted. ...
/hebrew/6320.htm - 6k

6648. tseba -- dye, dyed stuff
... divers, colors. From an unused root meaning to dip (into coloring fluid); a dye --
divers, colours. 6647, 6648. tseba. 6649 . Strong's Numbers.
/hebrew/6648.htm - 5k


A Full-Length Picture in Colors.
... The Plan for Jesus' Coming A Full-length Picture in Colors. These are but
the beginnings. It is in the prophetic books, the third ...
/.../gordon/quiet talks about jesus/a full-length picture in colors.htm

The Story of Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors
... THE STORY OF JOSEPH AND HIS COAT OF MANY COLORS. ... Jacob gave to Joseph a robe or coat
of bright colors, made somewhat like a long cloak with wide sleeves. ...
/.../marshall/the wonder book of bible stories/the story of joseph and.htm

I Will Take one Case that Will Serve Both as Symbol and Example...
... It lies in the fact that the colors are presented in the wrong connection,
on the wrong scale, and, above all, from the wrong motive. ...
/.../chesterton/whats wrong with the world/chapter 35 i will take.htm

Letter xvii. Harmony of Christian Character.
... according to the laws of architecture; and the sensation of delight is still more
exquisite, on viewing the harmonious combination of colors, as exhibited in ...
/.../letter xvii harmony of christian.htm

It is the Same in the Case of Girls. ...
... Boys play football, why shouldn't girls play football; boys have school colors,
why shouldn't girls have school-colors; boys go in hundreds to day-schools, why ...
/.../chesterton/whats wrong with the world/chapter 41 it is the.htm

Practical Observations.
... Take a map and delineate those countries which are most enlightened in bright colors,
then shade others more and more as you approach barbarism and ignorance. ...
/.../johnson/the new testament commentary vol iii john/practical observations.htm

Whether Christ could Use this Knowledge by Turning to Phantasms?
... knowledge except by turning to phantasms, because, as is stated De Anima iii,
18,31,39, phantasms are compared to man's intellective soul as colors to sight. ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether christ could use this.htm

Concerning the Garments of the Priests, and of the High Priest.
... also is a long robe, reaching to his feet, [in our language it is called Meeir,]
and is tied round with a girdle, embroidered with the same colors and flowers ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 7 concerning the garments.htm

But You Will Say, the Good Will of a Friend Towards Me, Although I ...
... same Psalm, and what was future foretold as already done; "There stood at Thy right
hand the Queen, in a vesture of gold, in raiment of divers colors;" that is ...
/.../augustine/concerning faith of things not seen /5 but you will say.htm

Whether the Intellectual Principle is United to the Body as Its ...
... For the relation of phantasms to the intellect is like the relation of colors to
the sense of sight, as he says De Anima iii, 5,7. Therefore, as the species of ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether the intellectual principle is.htm

Colors (12 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia COLOR; COLORS. ... Hence, the American Revised Version,
margin rendering "antimony" instead of "fair colors" (see PAINT). ...
/c/colors.htm - 36k

... An analysis of the various Biblical references shows but four colors which were
produced on cloth by dyeing, namely, purple, blue (violet), crimson and scarlet ...
/d/dyeing.htm - 14k

Dye (1 Occurrence)
... An analysis of the various Biblical references shows but four colors which were
produced on cloth by dyeing, namely, purple, blue (violet), crimson and scarlet ...
/d/dye.htm - 15k

Divers (36 Occurrences)
... have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of
divers colors, a prey of divers colors of needlework, of divers colors of ...
/d/divers.htm - 20k

Ornamented (14 Occurrences)
... Genesis 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was
the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors. (See NIV). ...
/o/ornamented.htm - 10k

White (756 Occurrences)
... 1. (superl.) Reflecting to the eye all the rays of the spectrum combined; not tinted
with any of the proper colors or their mixtures; having the color of pure ...
/w/white.htm - 9k

Paint (3 Occurrences)
... 2. (vt) Fig.: To color, stain, or tinge; to adorn or beautify with colors;
to diversify with colors. 3. (vt) To form in colors a ...
/p/paint.htm - 10k

Sleeves (4 Occurrences)
... Genesis 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was
the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors. (See RSV). ...
/s/sleeves.htm - 7k

Color (18 Occurrences)
... of light to the eye, by which individual and specific differences in the hues and
tints of objects are apprehended in vision; as, gay colors; sad colors, etc. ...
/c/color.htm - 39k

Varicolored (3 Occurrences)
... Genesis 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was
the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors. (See NAS). ...
/v/varicolored.htm - 7k

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Colors (12 Occurrences)

Ephesians 5:13
But everything can be tested by the light and thus be shown in its true colors; for whatever shines of itself is light.

Genesis 37:3
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors.

Genesis 37:23
It happened, when Joseph came to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his coat, the coat of many colors that was on him;

Genesis 37:32
They took the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father, and said, "We have found this. Examine it, now, whether it is your son's coat or not."

Judges 5:30
Have they not sped? have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of divers colors, a prey of divers colors of needlework, of divers colors of needlework on both sides, meet for the necks of them that take the spoil?

2 Samuel 13:18
She had a garment of various colors on her; for with such robes were the king's daughters who were virgins dressed. Then his servant brought her out, and bolted the door after her.

2 Samuel 13:19
Tamar put ashes on her head, and tore her garment of various colors that was on her; and she laid her hand on her head, and went her way, crying aloud as she went.

1 Chronicles 29:2
Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for the things of gold, and the silver for the things of silver, and the brass for the things of to be set, stones for inlaid work, and of various colors, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance.

Isaiah 54:11
"You afflicted, tossed with storms, and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in beautiful colors, and lay your foundations with sapphires.

Isaiah 63:1
Who is this who comes from Edom, with blood-red robes from Bozrah? he whose clothing is fair, stepping with pride in his great strength? I whose glory is in the right, strong for salvation.
(See NAS)

Ezekiel 16:16
You took of your garments, and made for yourselves high places decked with various colors, and played the prostitute on them: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.

Ezekiel 17:3
and say, Thus says the Lord Yahweh: A great eagle with great wings and long feathers, full of feathers, which had various colors, came to Lebanon, and took the top of the cedar:



Colors of the Rainbow

Colors: Black: A Symbol of Affliction and Calamity

Colors: Blue: Symbol of Deity

Colors: Blue: Symbol of Deity: Symbol of Royalty

Colors: Crimson, Red, Purple, and Scarlet, Symbols of Various Ideas of Iniquity

Colors: Crimson, Red, Purple, and Scarlet, Symbols of Various Ideas of Royalty

Colors: Crimson, Red, Purple, and Scarlet, Symbols of Various Ideas: Conquest

Colors: Crimson, Red, Purple, and Scarlet, Symbols of Various Ideas: Prosperity

Colors: Scriptures Employing the Symbol

Colors: These Colors Figured Largely in the Symbolisms of the Tabernacle Furnishing

Colors: White: Symbol of Holiness: Choir Singers Were Arrayed in White

Colors: White: Symbol of Holiness: The High Priest's Holy Garments Were Made of White Linen

Related Terms


Dye (1 Occurrence)

Divers (36 Occurrences)

Ornamented (14 Occurrences)

White (756 Occurrences)

Paint (3 Occurrences)

Sleeves (4 Occurrences)

Color (18 Occurrences)

Varicolored (3 Occurrences)

Various (52 Occurrences)

Needlework (23 Occurrences)

Needle-work (7 Occurrences)

Wore (19 Occurrences)

Tunic (24 Occurrences)

Richly (26 Occurrences)

Marble (5 Occurrences)

Wearing (43 Occurrences)

Coat (54 Occurrences)

Damsel (43 Occurrences)

Prey (105 Occurrences)

Robe (142 Occurrences)

Jasper (8 Occurrences)

Gaily (2 Occurrences)

Glistering (3 Occurrences)

Embroidery (12 Occurrences)

Purple (54 Occurrences)

Painted (4 Occurrences)

Blue (51 Occurrences)

Checker (3 Occurrences)

Salute (48 Occurrences)

Stripe (1 Occurrence)



Glass (12 Occurrences)

Worm (22 Occurrences)

Weaving (4 Occurrences)

Colossae (1 Occurrence)

Crafts (2 Occurrences)

Eagle (27 Occurrences)

Quantities (13 Occurrences)

Quiet (167 Occurrences)

Violet (3 Occurrences)

Variegated (1 Occurrence)

Varied (3 Occurrences)

Vision (106 Occurrences)

Virgins (33 Occurrences)

Onyx-stones (1 Occurrence)

Ostrich (9 Occurrences)


Onyx (16 Occurrences)

Occur (13 Occurrences)

Olive (61 Occurrences)

Loud (222 Occurrences)

Lick (8 Occurrences)

List (17 Occurrences)

Long-winged (1 Occurrence)

Gorgeous (1 Occurrence)

Gaudy (1 Occurrence)

Glittering (12 Occurrences)

Gay (2 Occurrences)

Warm (25 Occurrences)

Warmth (2 Occurrences)

Washed (113 Occurrences)

Illuminate (1 Occurrence)


Inlaid (8 Occurrences)

Issachar (40 Occurrences)

Intensify (1 Occurrence)

Fast (157 Occurrences)

Flowers (42 Occurrences)


Flare (2 Occurrences)

Feathers (9 Occurrences)

Fair (147 Occurrences)



Flag (30 Occurrences)

Fugitive (12 Occurrences)

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