The Symbolic Meaning of
Biblical Words and Phrases

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Word - PhraseSymbolism / Represents

Abraham's Bosom

A close, personal relationship - Luke 16:22-23

Ark of the CovenantThe Presence of God - 2Chronicles 7:1-3, Ezekiel 8-11

Armor

War, Spiritual Protection - Jeremiah 50:35-37, Romans 13:12, Ephesians 6

Arrows War, God's judgment - Job 6:4; Psalm 38:2

Ashes

Insignificance, Worthlessness - Genesis 18:27, Job 30:19

AssHumility, Peace, Wildness - Zechariah 9:9, Matthew 21:5, Genesis 16:12

Babylon

Man's system of rule that is led and deceived by Satan the devil - Revelation 14:8, 16:19, 17:3, 5

Bald, BaldnessBarrenness - Jeremiah 47:5

Banner

Rallying point or place for God's people - Isaiah 5:26, 11:10, Jeremiah 4:21

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Beasts

Worldly kingdoms ran by carnal men - Daniel 7:17; 1Corinthians 15:32

Bitter, BitternessCruelty, Misery - Genesis 27:34, Exodus 15:23, Numbers 5:18

Blindness

Lack of mental or spiritual perception, inability to make moral distinctions - Isaiah 42:16, 18, 19, Matthew 23:16, John 9:39

BodyA whole person, that which is corrupt - Romans 6:6, 12, 7:24, Hebrews 10:5

Brass

Firm, strong, hardness, obstinacy - Psalm 107:16, Isaiah 48:4, Ezekiel 22:18

BowelsDeep emotion or feelings - Job 30:27, Lamentations 1:20

Brimstone

Utter destruction and punishment - Job 18:15, Psalm 11:6, Isaiah 30:33, Luke 17:29, Revelation 9:17

Candles or CandlesticksTrue churches of God - Revelation 1:20, 2:1

Chariots

Angelic hosts - Zechariah 6:1, Psalm 68:17

CloakTo hide, make an excuse - 1Thessalonians 2:5, John 15:22

Cornerstone

The Messiah - Psalm 118:22, Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17, Acts 4:11, 1Peter 2:7

CupThat which is portioned out, especially God's judgments. Can also represent Jesus' sufferings. - Psalm 11:6, Revelation 14:10, Matthew 26:39

Crown

Victory over something, a reward - James 1:12; Revelation 2:10

Dark, Darkness Moral depravity and its punishment - Psalm 82:5, Proverbs 2:13, John 3:19

Day

Span of a human life, an indefinite time period, a set time, a past time, a future time - Genesis 3:14, 5:4, 25:24, Psalm 18:18, Deuteronomy 31:14

Deaf Disregard for the things of God - Isaiah 29:18, 42:18, 19

Door

Opportunity, Freedom, Power - Matthew 25:10, Acts 14:27; 1Corinthians 16:9, Colossians 4:3

Dragon Satan the devil - Ezekiel 29:3; Revelation 12:3, 9

Earthquake

Calamities - Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:12

Eyes The heart, mind, disposition of man - Psalm 119:18, Ephesians 1:18, Matthew 13:13, Proverbs 6:17

Face of God

Favor or Grace from God - Psalm 13:1; Daniel 9:17

Fire Judgment - Numbers 11:1, 3; Isaiah 42:25

Forehead

Beliefs, Choices, Character of a Person - Revelation 7:3, 13:16

Furnace Affliction - Isaiah 48:10; Jeremiah 11:4

Gold

Earthly riches and luxury, Purity, Incorruption, Something of great value - Job 3:15, 1Peter 1:7, Revelation 3:18, Acts 17:29, 1 Peter 1:7, 18, 3:3, Proverbs 3:14, 8:10, Jeremiah 4:30, 10:4

Head One who rules or is ruler - Ephesians 1:22

Hedge

Protection directly from God - Job 1:10; Ezekiel 13:5

HeelOnly a partial victory - Genesis 3:15

Honey

Abundance - Exodus 3:8, 17, Leviticus 20:24

HornGentile King - Daniel 7:24, Revelation 17:12

Horse

War, Strength of military - Zechariah 9:10; Jeremiah 51:21

Hunger and Thirst Greatly desire - Matthew 5:6; Luke 1:53

Hyssop

Cleansing - Psalm 51:7

Incense Prayer, especially from believers - Malachi 1:11; Revelation 5:8

Keys

Power and authority - Isaiah 22:22; Revelation 1:18

LeavenSin, non-biblical teachings - Matthew 16:12, 1Corinthians 5:6-8

Light

Instruction that comes from God and the Bible, a product of salvation - Psalm 27:1, 119:30, Proverbs 6:23, Job 24:13

Milk Abundance, prosperity - Ezekiel 25:4; Joel 3:18

Mountains

A kingdom, authority or rule - Psalm 30:7; Isaiah 2:2; Daniel 44, 45; Revelation 17:9-11

NicolaitansRuling over the faith of others, Hierarchical church government - Revelation 2:1, 6, 12, 15

Night

Adversity, affliction, ignorance - Isaiah 21:12; Revelation 21:25

Oil Prosperity - Deuteronomy 32:13, 33:24, 2Kings 18:32

Pillar

Foundational - Galatians 2:9, 1Timothy 3:15

Rain Something refreshing, delightful - Psalm 68:9; Isaiah 5:6

Rock

God as a refuge and salvation - Psalm 18:2, 94:22, 95:1

Rod Correction - Psalm 2:9; Job 9:34, etc.

Salt

Judgment, purification, loyalty, covenant, the role of Christian in the world - Genesis 19:6, Exodus 30:35, Numbers 18:19, Matthew 5:13

Sea A mass of people - Jeremiah 51:42; Ezekiel 26:3; Matthew 13:47, Revelation 13:1

Seal / Sealed

Ownership, security - Daniel 6:17, Jeremiah 32;11-12, Ephesians 4:30, 2Timothy 2:19

ScrollGod or man's written word - Ezra 6:2, Jeremiah 36:2, Ezekiel 3:1-3

Serpent

The wicked, Satan the devil - Psalm 58:4, Revelation 12:9, 20:2, Genesis 3:1; 2Corinthians 11:3

Sheep Those who follow Jesus - John 10:11, etc.

Shepherds

Rulers either in civil affairs or those who guide Christians - Nahum 3:18; Ezekiel 34:2

Shield Defense, protection - Psalm 84:9; Ephesians 6:16

Silver

Redemption - Exodus 38:27

Sleep Death - Daniel 12:2; 1Thessalonians 4:14

Star

A prince or ruler - Numbers 24:17; Daniel 8:10

Stars of HeavenAngels (Job 38:7, Revelation 12:4)
  
Sword War, killing - Isaiah 34:5; Ezekiel 21:3

Tail

Subjection, degradation - Deuteronomy 28:13, 44; Isaiah 9:15

Teeth Cruelty - Psalm 3:7; Proverbs 30:14

Thorns

Desolation, troubles - Proverbs 24:31; Hosea 2:6

Throne Kingdom, seat of government - Psalm 122:5; Daniel 7:9

Topheth (Valley of Hinnom)

Lake of Fire - 2Kings 23:10, Matthew 18:9, 23:33; Mark 9:43, Revelation 19:20

Tree of LifeLiving God's way of life - Genesis 2:9, Revelation 22:1-2

Trees

Those who are great - Daniel 4:20-22

Veil The way into God's presence is not open - Matthew 27:51, Hebrews 9:3, 10:20

Vineyard

The house of Israel - Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 12:10

Watchman Prophet, Preacher - Ezekiel 3:17; Isaiah 62:6

Waters

Afflictions, multitudes, ordinances - Psalm 69:1; Isaiah 8:7, 55:1

Wilderness Afflicted state - John 1:23; Revelation 12:6

Wine

Spiritual blessings, Divine judgments - Isaiah 25:6, 55:1; Psalm 60:3

Winepress Total destruction - Isaiah 63:3; Revelation 14:19

Wings

Protection, assistance - Exodus 19:4; Psalm 17:8

Woman City of Jerusalem, the greater set of Christians - Ezekiel 26:2, 3; Revelation 12:1

Yoke

Servitude, burden - Jeremiah 5:5; Lamentations 3:27; Matthew 11:29-30

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