The rainbow
Gold/ yellow

Colours in the Bible

.....and their meaning...

Brown and




The colour brown and the symbol of wood because it is brown in colour will be looked at together.

Hebrew 'chuwm' meaning  a dark colour, darkened, dark brown or black. A colour referring to the markings on the wool of sheep or goats for example when Jacob agreed his wages with Laban:

"Let me pass through all your flock today, removing from there all the speckled and spotted sheep, and all the brown ones among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and these shall be my wages." Gen 30:32 (see also Gen 30:33-40)

The Hebrew word 'saruq' means sorrel, reddish, tawny or bay and is only found in Zechariah 1:8 where the horses in the vision are listed as being: "red, sorrel, and white" in the KJV and NKJV, but as 'red, brown and white horses' in the NIV.

The Hebrew word 'ets' means tree, trees, wood, firewood, cedar-wood or woody flax. The Tabernacle construction had a framework  of boards of wood:

"And for the tabernacle you shall make the boards of acacia wood, standing upright." Exod 26:15

These boards were overlaid with gold (Exod 26:29).


Further information

  The alter for sacrifice again had a framework of acacia wood overlaid with bronze (Exod 27:1-20) and the alter of incense was acacia wood overlaid with gold (Exod 30:1-3). The Ark of the Covenant (Exod 25:10) and the table (Exod 25:23) for the bread were of similar construction, wood overlaid with gold.

Thus in symbol we see that which is corruptible, 'human nature' represented by wood (brown) and made acceptable and fit for the Holy place by being overlaid with gold representing faith (see section on gold).

Related Symbols: The rulership of Christ

Green living wood is used to represent one aspect of the Lord Jesus Christ and His kingship. His coming reign is styled as a branch growing up from the stem of Jesse or house of David.   There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. Isaiah 11:1
  "Behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. Jeremiah 23:5

Related Symbols: Dead Works

Dead works are represented by wood, hay and straw. The wicked are described as chaff from straw or stubble (Isaiah 5:24; 33:11; 40:24) "For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is." 1Corinthians 3:11-13
However although the life span of man is limited and he is corruptible and decays like wood, through faith the righteous can be covered over or clothed with life.  "Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day... ..If indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life." 2Corinthians 4:16; 5:3-4