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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 4811 darkness, as a symbol of sin
4811 darkness, as a symbol of sin

4811 darkness, as a symbol of sin

Darkness is often used in Scripture as a symbol of sin and its effects. It is often contrasted with light, as a symbol of forgiveness and the presence of God.

Darkness as a symbol of sin

Jn 3:19-20 See also Job 24:16-17; Pr 2:12-15; Pr 4:19; Isa 5:20; Isa 29:15; Mt 6:23; Lk 22:53 Jesus Christ arrested; Ro 1:21 Paul encourages believers to live in the light: Ro 13:12; 2Co 6:14; Eph 5:8-12
1Jn 1:5-6

Darkness as a symbol of the effects of sin

Darkness symbolising ignorance of the truth 2Co 4:4 See also Ps 82:5; Isa 8:20; 2Co 3:14-15; Eph 4:18

Darkness symbolising the inability to find the right way Jn 12:35 See also Job 12:24-25; Isa 59:9-10; Mt 5:14; 1Jn 2:9,11

Darkness symbolises times of trial Job 3:3-6; Job 19:8; Job 23:16-17; Job 30:26; Ps 107:10; Ps 143:3; Ecc 11:8

Darkness symbolises death and the grave Job 10:20-22 See also Ps 49:19; Ps 88:10-12

God’s provision for the darkness of sin

God himself is a remedy for darkness 2Sa 22:29 See also Ps 18:28; Ps 30:5; Ps 91:4-7; Isa 42:16; Isa 50:10; Mic 7:8

God will deliver from darkness Isa 9:2 See also Mt 4:16; Ps 107:13-14; Isa 29:18; Isa 49:8-9; Lk 1:78-79; Ac 26:17-18; Col 1:13; 1Th 5:4-5; 1Pe 2:9

God’s Son saves believers from darkness Jn 8:12 See also Jn 1:4-5; Jn 12:46; 1Co 4:5; 2Co 4:6; Ge 1:3; Eph 5:8; 2Pe 1:19; 1Jn 2:8

God’s people rescue others from darkness Isa 42:6-7 See also Isa 60:1-5

See also

4027world, fallen
6139deadness, spiritual
9210judgment, God’s

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