lamp

lamp

A vessel used to keep and control fire as a source of light. This vessel, known as the oil lamp, had two basic parts: a receptacle for the oil and a wick inserted into the oil, whose protruding end would burn. Olives provided the main source of oil in Palestine; various materials, including flax, served as wicks. An easily understandable and powerful symbol of the importance of light, the oil lamp is referred to frequently in the Bible in a wide range of contexts. In the OT it conveys, e.g., the illuminating power of God (2Sam 22:29; Job 29:3) and of God’s precepts (Ps 119:105); a father’s instructions to his dutiful son (Prov 6:23); and the lasting existence of the Davidic dynasty (1Kgs 11:36; 1Kgs 15:4). In the NT it is a symbol of the eye of the body (Matt 6:22); the vigilance of the faithful servant (Luke 12:35); and the function of the disciples in the world (Matt 5:14-16).

2Sam 22:29

29Indeed, you are my lamp, O Lord,
the Lord lightens my darkness.

Job 29:3

3when his lamp shone over my head,
and by his light I walked through darkness;

Ps 119:105

105Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.

Prov 6:23

23For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,
and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,

1Kgs 11:36

36Yet to his son I will give one tribe, so that my servant David may always have a lamp before me in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen to put my name.

1Kgs 15:4

4Nevertheless for David's sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, setting up his son after him, and establishing Jerusalem;

Matt 6:22

The Sound Eye
22“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light;

Luke 12:35

Watchful Slaves
35“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit;

Matt 5:14-16

14“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, an ... View more

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