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SAND Of The Sea: Metaphor for multitudes of people, Isa 10:22, 57:20; inwardly thoughts, understanding,
1Ki 4:29;Job 6:2-3. See SEA.
SACKCLOTH: Symbolizes our being poor in knowledge, understanding & strength to overcome the enemy.
See ASHES. Receiving knowledge causes mourning, Gen 37:34; Jer 4:8, and repentance, 1Ki 21:27; 2Ki 19:1;
1 Ch 21:16-17; Mt 11:21.
SALT: Experiential understanding from living the gospel, heals our wounds: Job 6:6;
Righteous - Col 4:5-6 ; Mt 5:13; 2Ki 2:18-22 waters of Jericho healed by Elisha (they did not believe
Elijah ascended to heaven); Experience based on man’s understanding kills the soul: Gen 19:26;
Lk 9:62 - Lot’s wife’s desires were with Sodom. Dt 29:23-25, under curse of law, whole land is brimstone & salt.
SANCTUARY: Mind (Temple), 1Cor 3:16-17; 2Cor 6:16.
SAND of the Sea: Metaphor for multitudes of people, Isa 10:22; 57:20; Inwardly thoughts, understanding,
1Ki 4:29; Job 6:2-3, See SEA.
SATAN h7854: An improper Hebrew noun: satan = adversary; root = H7853 = to oppose, resist. Erroneously
transliterated as a proper noun - Satan. Used of opponents Nm 22:22; 1Sm 29:4; 2Sm 19:22; 1Ki 5:4 Too much
attention is given to a supernatural being, called Satan, causing humanity to look outside themselves for
solutions to sin problems. Jm 1:14. The concept derived from the Hebrew word is that of the adversarial
attitude of the human mind toward God. (Greek - G4567, Chaldee origin; G4566 from H7854).
See LUCIFER, DEVIL.
SCALES: Pride- Job 41:15-16, 34.
SCAPEGOAT h5799: Literally, goat of departure. Only in Lv 16:8, 10, 26. A goat is defined in the parable of
sheep & goats, Mt 25:31-46. Goats, because of lack of love, do not feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty
or clothe the naked. The scapegoat is a symbol of everything evil about self being given up by a fit man,
Lv 16:21, i.e. self is inactivated by God’s love. See ANIMALS.
SCORPION: People with rebellious thinking, Eze 2:6; Rv 9:3, 5, 10.
SEA: Thoughts of the abyss; man walking in his own understanding; worldly thoughts/thinking; wicked are
like the troubled sea. The Sea is impure water. The Savior dried the sea & made it a way for the ransomed
to pass over - Isa 51:10; 17:12-13; 11:15; 23:2-4; 57:20; Rv 17:15; 20:8.
SEED: Words - Lk 8:11.
SERPENT h5175: More subtle, crafty, shrewd than all other beasts. See ANIMALS, BEASTS. Root is h5172 = to
whisper, hence your own familiar spirit that speaks out of the earth (self) - Isa 29:4, See EARTH;
Called ‘satan’ Rv 12:9 - g4566, 4567 of Hebrew origin, h7854. It is the spirit of adversity in the human nature,
as adversary, opponent to God’s ways. Can be a good or bad opponent, cf Num 22:22; 1Ki 11:14.
SHADOW h6738: Some of the things that casts a shadow are the earth, moon, mountains, people & animals. To
create a shadow, there must be a source of light. A shadow is an understanding, & what casts the shadow,
along with context determines the type of understanding. Ps 36:7: under the Divine Understanding &
protection of God, see also Ps 17:8; 57:1; MEMBERS, as a shadow manifest the understanding, Job 17:7;
Col 3:6; Shadow of Death, h6757: A component of WILDERNESS thinking, Jer 2:6, 31; becomes death if not
delivered, Jer 13:15-16. The law is a shadow of good things to come, Heb 10:1, but becomes a shadow of
death to those who stay with the letter, Gal 3:21; 2Cor 3:7, & refuse the great light, Isa 9:1-2; Lk 1:78-79;
SHEW BREAD h3899 h6440: Spiritually, the writings of the prophets. Literally, Bread of Persons; Depicting
the Son of God & Son of Man - Ex 25:30; 40:22-23. Furnished by Israel every seven days by an everlasting
covenant; arranged in order & only eaten by a priest (or, minister); [two piles of six each (man’s #)]; covered
with frankincense, a sweet smelling, white spice, Lev 24:5-9 . There are 66 books in the Bible that testify
to the work of Christ. Jn 6:33-35; Heb 3:1, 4:14; Mt 16:13; the high priest wore the names of the 12 tribes
of Israel on his shoulders - Ex 28:9-12; Isa 9:6. (In man's confusion & attempt to apply the scriptures according
to his own understanding, he places self, or a third six on the table - 666, Isa 14:4, 13-14).
SHIELD: The faith of Christ - Eph 6:16; Ps 5:12
SNARE: unsanctified words that lead to spiritual death - Pr 18:7; 13:14; 14:27; Lam 3:46-47.
SNOW: God's words - Isa 55:10-11; Ps 148:8
SONG: Life experience - Ex 15:1-2; 2Sm 22:1; Rv 14:3
SPEAR: Bitter, sharp words - Hab 3:11 h2595; Ps 64:3 - see ARROW.
SPIRIT: Both the Hebrew & Greek = a current of air; rendered as wind, breath; figurative of a spirit, the inner
man or mind. When God or a person speaks, their breath carries the words which express the thoughts of the
mind. Eze 2:1-2; Pr 1:23; Job 26:4; 2Sm 23:2. Man’s spirit is unholy, God’s spirit is holy. The words
Jesus spoke are spirit & life, Jn 6:63, because the Spirit is the truth, 1Jn 5:6.
SPOTS: Spiritual corruption of understanding: Deu 32:5; Job 11:14-15; 2Pt 2:13; Jude 10, 11-12; Corrected
by the word of truth - Eph 5:26-27; 1Pet 1:18-19.
STARS: Along with the moon, governs the night, Ps 136:9. See MOON. Stars are small, suns or lights, which
spiritually represent knowledge & understanding man accumulates in his darkness. Jesus is called the
Morning Star, Rv 22:16, & his promise is to give overcomers his light - i.e. morning star, Rv 2:26-29. When
the sun, moon & stars are told to praise Yah, it is a metaphor of people with various levels of understanding.
When the Sun, Mal 4:2, arises, all of the light of mankind is darkened, Isa 13:9-10. People as lights, Job 38:7;
STONE: Spiritual concept, something conceived in the mind; water shapes the idea, Job 14:19; 1Sam 17:40;
Isa 57:6, see WATER, EARTH; like an ancient stone wall protected a city, a spiritual wall saves man, Isa 60:18;
A spiritual house, metaphor of the mind, Eph 2:19-22; 1Pt 2:5. See ROCK; Stones of Fire: Concepts from the
words of God, Eze 28:14; Jer 23:29; False spiritual concepts, Mk 4:5, 16-17; idols, Isa 37:19; Hewn Stones,
man’s ideas. - Ex 20:25 h1496; Isa 9:10; Lam 3:9; Amos 5:11. See BRICK.
STRANGER: Does not know God - Ps 39:12; unbeliever - Ex 12:43, 48 (not of Israel); spiritually,
not thoughts of God; Eze 44:7-9 i.e. not circumcised in heart, Dt 10:16. See CIRCUMCISION.
SUN: Light is understanding, Ps 119:130. Therefore, the sun can be the Son's understanding, Mal 4:2; Ps 84:11;
Jn 8:12, or humanity’s understanding, Mt 13:43; Jn 11:9.
SWINE: Spiritually unclean thought - Lv 11:7; Job 18:3; Ps 49:12; 73:22. See BEAST, ANIMALS.
SWORD: A symbol of the tongue, Ps 57:4; 64:3; Pr 12:18.
TABERNACLE: Metaphor of God's dwelling place; in the mind, Ps 46:4; 1Cor 3:16, See TEMPLE, WATER.
TAIL: A false spiritual leader: Isa 9:15-16; Rv 9:10; See SCORPIONS.
TARES/WEEDS g2215: Darnel, or unwanted weeds that grow among wheat, which produces black fruit. Eaten in
small amounts, causes drunkenness, in larger amounts, causes death. Used only in the parable of the
wheat/tares, Mt 13:24-30, 34-43, & also explained. It is not at the end of the world (KJ), but the end of
the age (YLT), the context indicating as the end of harvest, when messengers sent by God, separate truth
from error in those with ears to hear, Mt 13:9. Jonah’s story is an allegory of a person swallowed by
worldly (SEA) thoughts (fish), & his mind full of false spiritual ideas (weeds), Jon 2:3-6.
TEETH: Spiritually, the foundational principles that enable one to chew on (i.e. consider) & assimilate
concepts, Job 13:14, see
FLESH; Ps 3:7; Ps 57:4, see ARROW; Am 4:6. A metaphor of understanding that gives one authority, power,
Job 16:9, see EYE; Ps 35:16; 37:12; Act 7:54.
TEMPLE: The mind (same as SANCTUARY, TABERNACLE), 1Cor 3:9, 16-17; 2Cor 6:16; Lk 17:20-21.
THIEF: One who steals God’s words from others when they prophesy the deceit of their own heart:
Jer 23:26-32; Attempts to enter a person’s heart by other than the truth, Jn 10:1; 14:6; 6:63; 1Jn 5:6.
THIGH/LEGS h7785, h3409: Symbol for foundation of beliefs: Ex 29, 22, 27: the right thigh/leg h7785
(KJ incorrectly put shoulder) was lifted up & waved before the Lord as a gift offering, in the consecration
of a priest. ANIMALS generally represent thoughts. A ritual as a metaphor for consecrating of foundational
beliefs to God; man’s is corrupt, Ps 147:10; Pr 26:7 h7785. A king girds his SWORD on his thigh. After
wrestling with the angel, Jacob limped, Gen 32:25, 31 h3409 A picture of a weak spiritual foundation.
Even by the suffering of the cross, the spiritual foundation of Jesus was not broken, Jn 19: 31-33;
cf Nm 9:12; 1Cor 5:7-8.THORNS (briars): Guilt of sin that pricks the conscience - 2 Cor 12:7 g4647;
Num 33:55; Heb 6:7-8; Mk 4:18-19 g173; Way of the Wicked, Pr 15:19; 22:5; Mt 27:29: crown of thorns an
outward display of the guilt of mankind (Christ did not sin, so had no guilt). See EYES, EARTH.
THUNDER: Voices, God's voice (as from a CLOUD, i.e. God's people) - Job 37:2-5; Ps 18:13, 15; rebuke of God,
TONGUE: Reveals the heart as the tongue speaks - Pr 10:19-21; 16:1; Jam 3:5-6; see SWORD.
TOWER h4024, h4869: Sanctuary, place of safety, watchtower - 2Sm 22:3, 51; Ps 18:2; Mt 21:33 g4444.
TREASURE: Knowledge, especially of God - Pr 2:1-5; Col 2:2-3
TREE: Character traits of people - Ps 1:1-3; Isa 7:2; 55:12; 61:3; 1 Chr 16:33; Isa; Jer 17:7-8; Mt 3:10; Tree of
knowledge of good & Evil – Character of sinful man, mixing self’s thoughts with God’s, cf Isa 55:7-9;
Jer 23:25-26; Tree of life – character of the Father in Christ, Pr 3:13, 18 (cf 1Cor 1:24); Jn 5:26.
TRUMPET: Four uses, Num 10:1-3, 9-10: 1) Signal to assemble, Ex 19:13; 1Th 4:16; Rv 1:10; 2) to go to war,
Jos 6:5-6, 20-21; spiritual war, Rv 8:2, 7-13; 3) to move, Num 10:5-6; spiritual-Rv 4:1; 4) for joyful
accolades and celebration, Lv 25:9.
TRUTH: The Spirit is the truth: 1Jn 5:6; Jn 6:63; 14:6. Just as God’s spirit reveals the truth of His character,
so is it with man, Pr 20:27; 16:18.
VEIL: Symbol of the flesh, Heb 10:20, which covers the heart, 2Cor 3:15; i.e. a mind of flesh lacks God’s
understanding, Rom 8:5-8 RV; yielding one’s spirit to God does away with the flesh (rent veil), Mt 27:50-51;
God will give us a new heart of flesh, Eze 36:26 (i.e. heart of Christ).
VESSEL: Used as a figure of a person - Ps 2:9; 31:12; Jer 22:28; 51:34; Hos 8:8; Act 9:15; 2Tm 2:21.
VIAL: Person with a message: 1Sam 10:1, 9-10; oil out of the vial a metaphor of being anointed by the Holy
Spirit, Lk 4:18. Plagues in Revelation 16 are messages of judgment (plagues come from the mouth,
Rv 9:18, 20).
VINEYARD: Similar to a spiritual GARDEN: outwardly people, Isa 5:7, who inwardly have a specific mind-set
pertaining to the cross: Jn 15:1-5, each vineyard is tilled by the Father, Jesus being the true vine & mankind
the branches; Mt 26:27-28, juice of the grape a symbol for the shed blood of Christ; Do not let your vineyard
become corrupted, Pr 24:30-32 (see THORNS, WALL, STONE).
VIRGIN: Those who have received the promise of “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that
fades not away, reserved in heaven” …the understanding of God. It is a virgin that brings forth the man child,
or realizes Christ is the Son of God. Lam 2:13; Jer 6:2; 2Cor 11:2; worldly thinking, Jer 46:11; confused
thoughts, Isa 47:1. (See EGYPT, BABYLON).
WALK(ING): Observing a way of thinking, Ps 86:11; 78:10: 119:1; Pr 1:15-16; Mk 7:5; Jn 8:12; 11:9-10; 12:35.
WALL: Ancient cities protected by stone walls are a figure of a person’s spiritual concepts protecting their way
of thinking that they think will save them: Isa 60:18; 26:1; Pr 25:28; 18:11; 2Sm 22:30; see STONE, CITY.
WATER: Used metaphorically to represent thought (spoken words come from thoughts); the various forms of
water, dew, hail, sea, river, etc., add meaning according to the context: Unsanctified: Pr 18:4; Isa 57:20;
Jer 2:18 (see EGYPT); Sanctified: Jn 4:10-14; 7:37-39; Jer 2:13; Dt 32:1-2; Isa 55:10-11.
WAVES (of the SEA): Spiritually, thoughts produced by a spirit of pride, Isa 57:20; Job 38:8, 11; Jude 1:13;
becomes spiritual death if not overcome, 2Sm 22:5; viewed allegorically, Jesus delivering his disciples from
spiritual pride, Mt 8:23-27. See WATER, SPIRIT, WIND.
WAY h1870, h734: Inwardly thought, understanding: God’s & mankind’s vastly different, Isa 55:6-9; Ps 32:8
(see EYE); God’s ways are judgments h4941 (decisions), Dt 32:4, by which he teaches man, Ps 25:8-10.
Man’s ways without God are evil: Ps 36:1-4; Pr 4:19; but the path h734 righteous is ever increasing.
WHEAT (Barley): ground into flour to make bread: Outwardly, the righteous, Jn 4:35; Mt 13:38; spiritual food
generating goodly concepts (opposed to CHAFF - ungodly concepts): SS 7:2; Jer 23:26, 28; Isa 55:10-11.
WHIRLWIND: (or, storm wind) a destructive spirit, or spirit of judgment - Pr 1:27; Jer 23:19; God speaks out of -
Job 38:1; brings trials that perfect - Ps 58:9; Isa 66:15-16; Nah 1:3-6; Ps 107:24-30.
WHITE: Character based on Pure or righteous thinking, Isa 1:18 h3835; Rv 19:8
WHORE: Apostate mind-set, Rv 17:5; As a spiritual ditch, Pr 23:27, into which the spiritually blind fall,
Mt 15:14; Lk 6:39; also, a pit/well without WATER.
WILDERNESS: A land of darkness & the word of God not sown, Jer 2:2, 6, 31, & no water, Eze 19:13. Likened to
unclean thoughts, Ps 102:6; See ANIMALS, LAND, LIGHT, EARTH, SEED, SHADOW.
WIND: Spirit, or breath carrying words, Act 2:2; Jn 6:63; 3:8; Eph. 4:14; Pr 1:23.
WINE: Deeper spiritual precepts (cp MILK), Mic 2:11; majority of the world is drinking spiritual confusion,
Rv 18:3; Jer 51:7, see BABYLON, & erring via the doctrines of man, Isa 28:7; 29:9-13; Jesus designated a cup
of wine a symbol of his experience of the cross, Lk 15:22. In order to understand the deeper concepts of the
cross, one must be born from above, Jn 3:3-6.
WINGS: A spiritual heart: As the wind under the wings lifts the eagle into the sky, so the spirit of God lifts the
spiritual heart to see heavenly/spiritual understanding, Christ: Mal 4:2; Mt 3:16; Lk 3:22; Humanity: Rv 4:1-2;
Isa 40:31; Negative: Zec 5:9.
WINTER: Leaves are the covering of a tree, which lose their green color due to decreased light (understanding,
Ps 119:130); leaves fall off a tree because of cold; the harvest is complete: A metaphor of a time when the
gospel has gone to the world, spiritual nakedness of the wicked is exposed, then the statement: He that is
unjust, let him be unjust still.... and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still...., Rv 22:11; pray....
Mk 13:14, 18; see LEAVES, TREES.
WOLF: (see ANIMALS) ravaging fleshly thought dominated by pride; feeds on the flesh of others. Mt 7:15
(Lk 10:3), a false prophet consumes the unwary with his fleshly understanding (false prophet, Jer 23:16-17,
WOMAN: Outwardly, a church or inwardly, a mindset; both indicating submission to another. Symbol of a
church, Jer 6:2; 2 Cor 11:2; The husband/wife are a symbol for Christ as head of the church & the body of
believers, Eph 5:23; Col 1:18. A spiritual symbol for a mind-set, or certain way of thinking: Impure - Rev 17:3,
5; Pr 6:23-26; Pure - Rev 12:1, see Stars, Sun; Pr 12:4 see CROWN. Also likened to a city - Pure-Gal 4:26;
Impure - Gal 4:25; Rev 17:18, see CITY.
WOMB: See BELLY
WOOD: Man’s character, human nature or natural man - Ps 1:3; Jer 5:14; Pr 26:20; SS 2:3.
WOOL: covering of a lamb. Sanctified = humility; unsanctified, becomes pride; Gen 3:21-2; See LINEN.
(not to be mixed with wool by a priest - Eze 44:17; Lev 16:4, 32).
WORM: Old man, natural man - Job 25:6; Isa 41:14; 51:8; Ps 22:6.
WORMWOOD: Bitterness - Lam 3:15; Rv 8:11; Pr 5:4.
YOKE: Literally, a coupling together, used in scripture primarily to indicate burden, Isa 9:4. Sanctified: To take
on the yoke of Christ is to abide in Him (learn=hear & do Mt 7:24) thereby finding the true rest - Mt 11:29-30;
Phil 2:5;1 Pt 2:21; Unsanctified: The letter of the law and sin - Gal 5:1-4; Acts 15:5, 10; 1Tm 6:1 (slave,
servant), Lam 1:14 (transgressions), Jer 27:8-11 (Babylon), Lev 26:13 (Egypt); Isa 58:6 (oppression).
ZION: Figure of God’s people - Isa 51:16; CITY of the great King Ps 48:1-2 - i.e. figure of the mind of Christ,
Heb 12:22; Poetical name for Jerusalem, the city of God, Isa 2:3.
Spiritual Symbols S-Z