What are the meanings of different colors in Scripture?


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In Scripture, black is a signifier of destruction and death, and red means both sin and redemption. The color green signifies life or growth, and purple represents royalty or riches.

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Black has several meanings in the scriptures, most negative. For example, in the book of Job, black means death. In the book of Jeremiah, the color signifies sadness. However, in other places, such as Leviticus, the color symbolizes health.

The color red represents the blood of sacrifices in the book of Exodus. Genesis and Deuteronomy also state that the color red represents blood. In several places in the scriptures, red signifies the cleansing of sin or a covenant.

Both the Old and New Testaments reference green as the color of life. Similarly, green means rest in the book of Psalms. Green also represents growth and maturity.

Purple robes often signify kingship or royalty because purple dye was rare and expensive in biblical times. The book of Revelation uses purple to represent both riches and the corruption of riches.

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