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Symbolism of colors in the Bible (Part two)

With all of the different colors gracing our planet, we can clearly see our God is not bland but is filled with personality.
With all of the different colors gracing our planet, we can clearly see our God is not bland but is filled with personality.
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In my previous article, I talked about the meaning of colors in the Bible. Here is the continuation of that article.

Purple indicates royalty and wealth.
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White signifies purity. Psalm 51:7 reads, “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (God could have picked any other color to explain purity to us, but he chose white. Likewise, he could have chosen any color to represent gloom, but he selected black).


Black implies gloom, mourning, evil, judgment, and death. 2 Peter 2:17 says, “These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them.”

Zephaniah 1:15 then reads, “That day will be a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness…”

This color basically reveals to us the things that contradict God’s Word. Therefore, whenever we Christians see the color black, we should be strengthened because it reminds us that we have the strength to stay faithful to God and to shun the things that offend him.


Purple indicates royalty and wealth. Luke 16:19 reads, "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.”

Another Scripture says, “When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe…” (John 19: 5).

Also, Acts 16:14 talks about a woman who sold purple cloth. “One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message.”

Although wealth is a great thing, Proverbs 16:16 teaches us that wisdom is better than gold and silver. “How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!”


Silver signifies understanding and pure word (truth). Proverbs 2:3-6 states, indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom."

Another passage tells us “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold (Proverbs 3:13-14).

Then Psalm 12:6 explains that God’s words are pure like silver in a “furnace of earth, purified seven times.”


Orange represents praise, warfare, passion, power, fire, and harvest season. “Our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29).

Then John 4:35 states, “Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”


Green signifies natural growth, praise, new beginning, and life (resurrection). Psalm 52:8 states, “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.”

Then Psalm 1:3 says that if we abide in God we will flourish. “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither-- whatever they do prospers.”

Follow this link to read about what happens spiritually when colors are mixed.

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