Meaning of Green in the Bible

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What is the meaning of green in God's word? What makes this color special? What are its hidden references?

The color green is mentioned 44 times in the King James Bible. Twenty of these come from the Hebrew raanan (Strong's Concordance #H7488) which means verdant, new, fresh, flourishing or can figuratively symbolize prosperity. The remaining Old Testament appearances come from a variety of other Hebrew words. Green appears four times in the New Testament in reference to grass, a tree or any healthy plant (Mark 6:39, Luke 23:31, Revelation 8:7, 9:4).

Green, in God's word, usually symbolizes healthy vegetation (Genesis 1:30) or crops that are not yet fully ripe (Leviticus 2:14, 23:14). It can also be a sign a human has leprosy (Leviticus 13:49) or that a house is infested with a disease and needs to be evacuated for a time (Leviticus 14:37 - 38).

Appearances of the color green

This is the first color recorded in the King James Bible as it is mentioned by God during his first interaction with Adam and Eve as a couple! After blessing them with the ability to produce many offspring, he informs them what they (and all non-aquatic life) could eat.

Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth . . . And to every animal of the earth and to every fowl of heaven and to all the living creatures that crawl upon the earth, every green plant is given for food (Genesis 1:29 - 30, HBFV).

Precious stones

Quite a few of the precious gemstones mentioned in God's word are either this coloration or have a noticeable greenish tint to them.

Emeralds are a deep green variety of Beryl stones. God used these stones not only to adorn Lucifer when he created him (Ezekiel 28:13), he also insured the High Priest's breastplate contained them (Exodus 28:18)! These beautiful gems will also be a part of the future New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:19).

Other precious stones such as Chrysoprase (chrysoprasus, Revelation 21:20), Jasper (Ezekiel 28:13), Topaz (Revelation 21:20), and Peridot (Ezekiel 28:13) can have this color in them.

Hidden reference

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse represent four separate curses allowed to come upon humanity in the End Time just before Jesus' return. The first horse is colored white, the second is red and the third is black. Most translations, including the KJV, state the fourth horse (which represents death) is pale (Revelation 6:8).

The problem is the Greek from which we get pale is chloros (Strong's #G5515). Chloros is the root word from which we get chlorophyll. The word's three other New Testament appearances are translated as green.

And He (Jesus) ordered them to make everyone sit down by companies on the green (chloros) grass (Mark 6:39, see also Revelation 8:7, 9:4).

The fourth horse of the apocalypse, therefore, was likely a pale version of the color.

Added info on Biblical meaning of green

A person is sometimes said to be green with envy when they are very jealous of someone else. A person who is labeled this color is usually someone who is inexperienced at some job or task.

This color has a wavelength of 495 to 570 nanometers. It is exactly in the middle of the visible spectrum which ranges from violet (380 - 450 nm) to red (625 - 750 nm). According to Isaac Newton, our eyes can detect Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. These can easily be remembered through the famous abbreviation "Roy G. Biv."

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Gray    -    Green    -    Purple    -    Red
Scarlet    -    Vermilion    -    White    -    Yellow

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