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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [1]

A — 1: Λευκός (Strong'S #3022 — Adjective — leukos — lyoo-kos' )

is used of (a) clothing (sometimes in the sense of "bright"),  Matthew 17:2;  28:3;  Mark 9:3;  16:5;  Luke 9:29;  John 20:12;  Acts 1:10; symbolically,  Revelation 3:4,5,18;  4:4;  6:11;  7:9,13;  19:14 (2nd part); (b) hair,   Matthew 5:36; Christ's head and hair (in a vision; cp.  Daniel 7:9 ),  Revelation 1:14 (twice); ripened grain,   John 4:35; a stone,  Revelation 2:17 , an expression of the Lord's special delight in the overcomer, the new name on it being indicative of a secret communication of love and joy; a horse (in a vision),  Revelation 6:2;  19:11,14 (1st part); a cloud,   Revelation 14:14; the throne of God,  Revelation 20:11 .

 Revelation 15:6 Revelation 19:8BrightClearGoodlyGorgeous.

B — 1: Λευκαίνω (Strong'S #3021 — Verb — leukaino — lyoo-kah'ee-no )

"to whiten, make white" (akin to A), is used in  Mark 9:3; figuratively in  Revelation 7:14 .

B — 2: Κονιάω (Strong'S #2867 — Verb — koniao — kon-ee-ah'-o )

from konia, "dust, lime," denotes "to whiten, whitewash," of tombs,  Matthew 23:27; figuratively of a hypocrite,  Acts 23:3 . In the Sept.,  Deuteronomy 27:2,4;  Proverbs 21:9 .

Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types [2]

 Genesis 40:16 (b) This is a picture of the death of the baker. It typifies the absence of life, health, strength and vigor.

 Leviticus 13:3 (c) We may consider this as a type of the absence of life, nutriment and power. It fits in with the picture of leprosy as a type of sin and death to GOD.

 Ecclesiastes 9:8 (c) By this we may understand the purity and the beauty of the life of that one who walks with GOD in righteousness and godliness.

 Song of Solomon 5:10 (c) In this way we may understand the sinless character of the Lord Jesus Christ in all His perfection. He was stainless, spotless, harmless and holy.

 Isaiah 1:18 (a) The Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ removes all the stain of sin that is on the soul, and all the record of sin that is in the book.

 Daniel 7:9 (b) Here is a beautiful type of the holiness of the Judge in whom is no spot nor shadow of turning. All His decisions are true, equitable, right and without prejudice. (See also  Daniel 12:10).

 Joel 1:7 (b) The prophet is expressing his great sorrow because his people have been spoiled and robbed by the invading enemy. Nothing is left of the beauty or the wealth of Israel. The enemy has taken it all.

 Zechariah 1:8 (b) It is generally thought among Bible students that the white horse represents famine in some cases, and power in other cases. In this passage, it seems to represent the famine that follows war, pestilence and drought. (See also  Zechariah 6:6).

 John 4:35 (b) The picture used by our Lord represents the culmination of the life of the sinner, wherein he is ready for the judgment, having run a full course of rebellion against GOD. It indicates also the preparation of a sinner's heart for judgment through the years in which he lived in his sins. It may represent also the sorrow, disappointment, ill health and other such troubles that prepare him for the grave. During all these times he has perhaps read Gospel literature, been prayed for by his friends, and heard sermons which declared the Gospel. All of these things working together have prepared the sinner for the reaping. The Lord indicates that he is ready now for the Gospel, so that he will meet and trust the Saviour when Christ is preached.

 Revelation 1:14 (a) This white hair indicates that the Lord Jesus is the Judge who is the Ancient of Days. He has had centuries of experience and therefore has knowledge and understanding more than others. He is the Eternal Judge, with omnipotent power.

 Revelation 6:2 (b) Some Bible students believe that this represents the Lord JESUS going forth with power to conquer. Others believe it represents the power of famine which conquers men of all ages and positions in life.

 Revelation 6:11 (b) These are evidently the robes of righteousness, pure and stainless, which are given to the saints of GOD because they are washed in the Blood of the Lamb. This is quite evidently the meaning found in  Revelation 19:8.

 Revelation 20:11 (c) No doubt we are to understand that this Throne of GOD was not stained in any way by prejudice, injustice, unrighteousness or bribery. The judgments issued from it will be perfect in every aspect.

Webster's Dictionary [3]

(1): ( n.) The color of pure snow; one of the natural colors of bodies, yet not strictly a color, but a composition of all colors; the opposite of black; whiteness. See the Note under Color, n., 1.

(2): ( superl.) Regarded with especial favor; favorite; darling.

(3): ( n.) Any one of numerous species of butterflies belonging to Pieris, and allied genera in which the color is usually white. See Cabbage butterfly, under Cabbage.

(4): ( n.) Specifically, the central part of the butt in archery, which was formerly painted white; the center of a mark at which a missile is shot.

(5): ( superl.) Having the color of purity; free from spot or blemish, or from guilt or pollution; innocent; pure.

(6): ( superl.) Destitute of color, as in the cheeks, or of the tinge of blood color; pale; pallid; as, white with fear.

(7): ( superl.) Reflecting to the eye all the rays of the spectrum combined; not tinted with any of the proper colors or their mixtures; having the color of pure snow; snowy; - the opposite of black or dark; as, white paper; a white skin.

(8): ( n.) Something having the color of snow; something white, or nearly so; as, the white of the eye.

(9): ( n.) A person with a white skin; a member of the white, or Caucasian, races of men.

(10): ( n.) A white pigment; as, Venice white.

(11): ( superl.) Gray, as from age; having silvery hair; hoary.

(12): ( v. t.) To make white; to whiten; to whitewash; to bleach.

(13): ( superl.) Characterized by freedom from that which disturbs, and the like; fortunate; happy; favorable.

King James Dictionary [4]

White a. G.

1. Being in the color of pure snow snowy not dark as white paper a white skin. 2. Pale destitute of color in the cheeks, or of the tinge of blood color as white with fear. 3. Having the color of purity pure clean free from spot as white robed innocence. 4. Gray as white hair a venerable man, white with age. 5. Pure unblemished.

No whiter page than Addisons remains.

6. In a scriptural sense, purified from sin sanctified.  Psalms 51 .

Easton's Bible Dictionary [5]

 2 Chronicles 5:12 Psalm 51:7 Isaiah 1:18 Revelation 3:18 7:14 Matthew 17:2

Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary [6]

a favourite and emblematical colour in Palestine. See Habits .

Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament [7]

See Colours.

Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible [8]

WHITE . See Colours, § 1 .

Holman Bible Dictionary [9]


Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature [10]

(prop. לָבָן , Λευκός ). In Canaan persons of distinction were anciently dressed in fine linen of Egypt, and, according to some authors, in silk and rich cloth shaded with the choicest colors. The beauty of these clothes consisted in the fineness and color of the stuffs; and it seems the color most in use among the Israelites, as well as among the Greeks and Romans, was white, not improved by the dyer's art, but the native color of the wool, being most suited to the nature of their laws, which enjoined so many washings and purifications. (Indeed, so early as the days of Hesiod the Greeks considered white as the color in which the celestials appeared: men went to heaven in white clothing [Opera et Diesi 1:198].) The general use of this color seems to be recognised by Solomon in his direction, "Let thy garments be always white" ( Ecclesiastes 9:8).

But garments in the native color of wool were not confined to the lower orders; they were also in great esteem among persons of superior station, and are particularly valued in Scripture as the emblem of knowledge and purity, gladness and victory, grace and glory. The priests of Baal were habited in black, a color which appears to have been peculiar to themselves, and which few others in those countries except mourners would choose to wear. In all countries and all ages white has been regarded as the emblem of purity. (See Whitsunday). Isaiah says, " 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 1:15). See the monographs cited by Volbeding, Index Programmatum, page 124. (See Color).