The rainbow
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Colours in the Bible

.....and their meaning...



Black signifies the negative aspects of human life, for example terror, death, disease, famine, evil, sorrow and mourning. 

Several Hebrew words are used for example:

'cochereth' meaning black stone used in paving
'iyshown' meaning middle of the night (deepest blackness)
'qadar' meaning to mourn or to be dark
'shachor' meaning black
kkimriyr meaning blackness or gloominess

The Greek word 'gnophos' means blackness, darkness or gloom

The colour black is associated with:

Disease (Job 30:30
The middle of the night (Prov 7:9)
Mourning and sorrow (Jer 8:21)
The dying and dead (Lam 4:8) Death (Jude 1:12-13
The sky turning black (Jer 4:28
The darkening of the sun and moon (Joel l2:10)
Black Horses (Zech 6:2; Rev 6:5)
The stone Marble (Esther 1:6)

However there is an exception where black refers to healthy hair   -Song 5:11; Matt 5:36

Related Symbols: Judgement

In scripture we see a connection between the colour black or darkness with judgement.   "But if the scale appears to be at a standstill, and there is black hair grown up in it, the scale has healed. He is clean, and the priest shall pronounce him clean." Lev 13:37
  "May darkness and the shadow of death claim it; May a cloud settle on it; May the blackness of the day terrify it. As for that night, may darkness seize it; May it not rejoice among the days of the year, May it not come into the number of the months. Job 3:5-6
    See also: Jeremiah 14:1-2; Isaiah 59:9; Heb 12:18; 2Pet 2:17

Related Symbols: Sackcloth

The act of mourning is often connected with and symbolised by the wearing of sackcloth.   "I clothe the heavens with blackness, And I make sackcloth their covering." Isa 50:3
I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood." Rev 6:12



See also: Gen 37:34