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What Does the Bible Say About..White?

Can you discuss the significance of the color white as it peertains to scripture? What is ot sybolic of and why?


Most of the time when the Bible talks about something being white it is a statement of fact and not symbolic of anything. There are some passages, though, where white appears to be symbolic of purity. (Just as it is in many cultures even today.)

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18)
The Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool. (Daniel 7:9)
Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. (Daniel 12:10)
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. (Revelation 3:4)

There are others, particularly in the Revelation, that bear this symbolism. There is one scripture where white is symbolic of readiness, because wheat that is ready for harvest has a white appearance. In this case the harvest to which Jesus refers is a harvest of people.

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. (John 4:35)