Biblical Meaning Of Colors

color meanings in the Bible- Biblical meaning of colorsGod shows us much more than a simple natural phenomenon when a rainbow appears in the sky after the rains. Even when the Earth was flooded after the great Biblical flood, God showed Noah the rainbow so he could expect miracles. We have already discussed the 7 rainbow colors and their meanings here.

In this guide, we will study some more colors in the Bible and their spiritual meanings.

Colors in nature and biblical meaning of primary colors

In nature there are three primary colors, red, yellow and blue. These cannot be formed by mixing any other colors. These colors come from Earth itself. You can mix these together or mix them with black and white to get almost all of the beautiful colors that we have today.

In the bible, the Hebrew word for Red is Oudem. It’s actually meaning is Red Clay. Many Biblical names (Adam, Esau and Edom) are derived from this Hebrew word which mean Flesh. Thus, it is the root word for mankind as stated in the Bible.

The second primary color is Yellow. The counterpart of this color is also mentioned in God’s principle in that: In I Peter 1:7, God talks about trials and purging. (The trial of faith will be more precious than Gold and be tried with fire). Here the meaning is: Yellow is associated with fire, which in turn, has always been associated with the purification process.

Blue is the third primary color. It spiritually signifies the Healing Power of God. It is the most sublime subject and color which represents, biblically, the Word of God. The 15th Chapter of Numbers, verses 38-41 denote this biblical meaning of Blue (fringe of the borders a ribband of blue). The very fact that the Sky is blue stands for the presence of YahWeh. God’s chosen nation Israel is also denoted as blue from the time of David.In Matt 9: 21, the woman who had an issue of blood for 12 years says “I shall be whole again, if I touch the hem of His garment)- the garment hem is also Blue.

Secondary colors and biblical meanings

On the basis of this we can derive the spiritual meaning of colors in the Bible as follows for the two secondary colors:

Green is obtained by mixing Yellow (trials) with Blue (Word of God). Therefore, the biblical meaning of color Green is immortality. (The leaf shall not wither –(psa 1:3). Green is also symbolic of resurrection which we see each Spring.

Purple is obtained by mixing red (flesh) and blue (word of God). The resultant color meaning in the Bible is Royalty or priesthood.

Other colors in the Bible and their meanings

  • Amber- Glory of God, judgment upon sin, endurance
  • Orange- Fire of God, Deliverance, passionate praise
  • Pink/Fuchsia- right relationship
  • Scarlet- royalty, fine linen for tabernacle,
  • Red- Blood of Jesus, love of God, blood of lamb, atonement, salvation.
  • Blue- Heave, Holy spirit, authority
  • Purple- Priesthood, Kingship, Royalty, mediator, wealth,
  • Gold- Glory, Divinity, Kingship, Eternal Deity, foundation, altar, beauty, precious, Holiness, Majesty, righteousness.
  • Wine-New birth, multiply, overflow
  • Sapphire-Law, commandments, Grace, Holy Spirit, divine revelation
  • Turquoise- River of God, sanctification, healing, New Jerusalem
  • Green- Praise, growth, prosperity, new beginning, flourishing, restoration,
  • Silver- word of God, purity, Divinity, salvation, truth, atonement, redemption.
  • White- Bride of Christ, surrender, harvest, light, righteousness, conquest, victory, blessedness, Joy, Angels, saints, peace, completion, triumph.
  • Brown- end of season, rags/filthy, people, pride, weary, faint.
  • Yellow-Faith and Glory of God, anointing, Joy
  • Black- darkness, sin, Earth, affliction, humiliation, calamity, death, mourning.

For more details on Biblical color meanings in dreams, click here.


  1. Richard says:

    Does the wearing of black dresses have effects on ones life?

  2. Sister Denise says:

    I am going to crochet our First Lady of our church a pray shawl. She has breast cancer. It was found at stage 4 five years ago. What is the meaning of the color; Dark Fuschia? I pray throughout the project from beginning to end. I want to write a special story. That’s why I want to know the color’s meaning. Thanks.

    • In Biblical meaning it means right relationship. Hope this helps. You should google Biblical meaning of colors.

  3. Nancy Cupp says:

    Someone mentioned they were attracted to black. As an artist, I like black because it makes most other colors stand out sharper and more vivid. It can also mean deep, as the intimate deeper things and mysteries of God. When one gets alone with their spouse, as in the intimacy of the bedroom, many times they turn out the lights for a more intimate time. Deep calls to deep. Our heavenly Father calls us to a deeper intimacy of private time alone with Him, a time to share the deep longings and intimacies of our hearts. A deep time in prayer, meditation, etc. It is then that we open up and share our hearts with our love. So yes, black can be a beautiful thing, where the mysteries of God are revealed, when we get alone with Him.

    I did a painting that is very dark, called Regeneration. Perhaps it will show you what I mean.

    • I agree with you regarding the color black, because I am an artist as well and the color black does highlight and give depth to a color, but… when we go to the Lord the color black will not exist because God is light… 1 John 1:5 states, “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” God Bless.

    • Tillie says:

      I’m a painter and a writer. I just finished a book about regeneration. For the sake of the world, God is working His way back to the beginning. Beautiful!!

    • Hell will be a place of total blackness and darkness.

    • Frankie says:

      I totally agree with you about Black.
      I would not use ANY of those words to describe black.. except to describe the soil of the earth.
      Black is beautiful!
      Sin has No color.
      There is LIGHT and DARKNESS!
      That. Is a whole teaching in itself.
      Brown (is beautiful) how does it mean people? Now people are all shades of colors.
      When I was growing up and they had that little book that always showed black as a sin. I want someone to share with me the scripture that says Black means sin. At the time they called me colored. Then they called me Negro, then they said we were African Americans and the day came earlier or later and we back to Black.
      But the little book still says Black is sin.
      I try to teach my children, sin has no color. You are either walking in the Light or living in darkness.
      Even the world call it the dark side.
      Most people Dress in Black to look elegant or for special occasions or to look their best in a suit.
      I am so glad that every color is beautiful.

      • For many years, the color of choice for the cover front and back of the bible, the word of God, was black. At least that is the color I remember most. For what it’s worth I think there may be some importance in that.

      • Black- darkness, sin, Earth, affliction, humiliation, calamity, death, mourning. This is the Biblical term for (Black). God made all creation, no matter the color of the person. We are made in his image. I believe that black in the Biblical meaning is of someone not serving him. It certainly has no meaning to me in that sense. I love the Lord with all my heart and I don’t have to worry about the darkness of sin, now that does not mean that I have not gone through some dark things but by his grace he sets us free. I think you should google the Biblical meaning of what the colors mean, it is very interesting. May God bless you richly.

        • I love to say that saved me from hell more than once in my life when I was born I could not talk but look at me now and thats why I love my god.

  4. I found it interesting that next to brown it also had people right along with all of those negative meanings. But other than that it was a good list.

    • Carol Dickinson says:

      I agree Crystal. I don’t see why people should be in that list… as if the word ‘people’ denotes a negative meaning… unless he means a persons attitude (pride, weary, faint) is bad… and not referring to skin color.

    • “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” Isaiah 64:6
      What is the color of a dead leaf…?

  5. 2coolchristan says:

    Which color is more holy, silver or gold?

  6. The Holy Spirit has revealed to me that the color gray is indicative of demonic presence, demons actually like this color- it does not have ‘life’, it is drab and elicits sorrow. Gray skies indicate the need for prayer -spiritual warfare over the region.

  7. For a long time, i have been drawn to the color black. Off and on too.
    It comes and goes. Is it spiritually unhealthy to wear black? It is true that we tend to associate it with death and mourning. For me, it was a sense of doom that inspired it, but also, i felt like black has a numbing effect, and felt as though i had more self control.. i am a born-again Christian by the way.

    • Irma Foltz says:

      Black isn’t always a negative. In the bible the color black also represents the LORD.

    • Madonna Burkit says:

      Do you ever watch Joyce Meyer? I think black can simply be a power color in a wardrobe. I agree with Irma, black isn’t always negative.

    • Frankie says:

      Have you ever heard the saying “Black is Beautiful”? It is.
      Death for a believer isn’t a color. People say they see light.
      Traditions choose colors that they wear at funerals (or mourning).
      My family usually wear white to funerals and dress in black for special occasions or dressing for success.

  8. During my Quiet time with my Father. I happened to see red in the sky like it was almost sunset. We were fasting, so one of us had to remember Him by breaking of bread and wine.

  9. yo, this is cool now I know why ive always been attracted to silver.

  10. Jose A Barajas says:

    Colors and numbers saved my life. How did I catch that? I saw what I saw first and then it was happening. My reaction was really something out of the explaining nothing normal but I made it by letting myself go with it, being guided to save my life. Now I know and continue to see it, now I have lots more to go on.

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