All Things Color Series: All Things Green. In this post I will talk about the color green and how it is mentioned in the Bible and what the color means. #Green
All Things Green
All Things Green: When we think about the color green we think of grass and trees. Maybe some vegetables like peas, lettuce, broccoli, etc.
Maybe the lake, yea most lakes look green in East Tennessee.
Some may even think about money, the term spending some green.
You may even associate green as a Christmas color, just like we do the color red.
Below are the responses I got when I asked people on Facebook this questions. When you think about the color green what do you think about?
- The Hills and Cows
- Justin’s favorite color
- the grass in marvelous places that god created here in Knoxville
- Money, weeds, grass, envy, frogs, dog treats, clover, mold, Palmolive, gain, tree, camo, towels, shower curtain, carpet, old autos, pj’s, military, tents, corn, avocado, peas, lettuce, limes, tea, bananas, peppers, cucumbers, watermelon, name badge for work, dollar general market bags, go, dirty pool, and grapes.
- Growth and prosperity
Green: Represents spiritual growth which occurs as we pray, worship and read the Bible, etc.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. – 2 Peter 3:18
GREEN – Green is for the grass God made.
Number of times used in the Bible
So I used biblegateway.com to look up how many times the word “Green” is used in the Bible. Below is the number of times.
- New King James Version (NKJV) – 40 times
- King James Version (KJV) – 44 times
- New International Version (NIV) – 22 times
- Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) – 44 times
- English Standard Version (ESV) – 36 times
This also includes the word “Greenish”.
All the translations listed above use the word “Green” around the same amount of times all but the New International Version (NIV), it used the color almost half of the rest of the translations.
Lexicons for Green
יְרַקְרַק yĕraqraq (yer·ak·rak’) – greenish, pale green, greenish-yellow – yelloishness
χλωρός chlōros (khlō-ro’s) – green – yellowish pale, verdant, dun-colored
There are 15 total Lexicons. 13 Hebrew/Aramaic & 2 Greek. Click to see these.
In the Bible, green was showing for herbs, trees and clothing. Most of the usage was referring to herbs and trees (throughout Genesis, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, Job, Psalms and more) . I did see one place said their bed was green (Song of Solomon 1:16).
Most of the usage for Lexicons were for greenery, like grass, trees, corn, etc.
When a color was used it was for a pale color, green/yellow.
I do think Psalm 23 is a popular chapter that most people know. The Lord is my shepherd. Most of us all know this one. Did you know it has the color green in it? Look at Psalm 23:2.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
As we can see, green pastures, that can be the grassy and tree area. An area of greenery. I am sure if he is laying down, he is laying in the shade, since this was a hot area to be in. Plus, still waters to help cool down too.