moth

moth

A term denoting any small, winged butterfly-like insect; in the Bible it always refers to the insects that eat clothes. As such, it is a symbol of decay and human frailty (Job 4:19; Job 13:28; Ps 39:11; Isa 50:9; Isa 51:8; Hos 5:12). In the NT, it is a symbol of the transitory nature of earthly riches (Matt 6:19; Matt 6:20; Luke 12:33; Jas 5:2).

Job 4:19

19how much more those who live in houses of clay,
whose foundation is in the dust,
who are crushed like a moth.

Job 13:28

28One wastes away like a rotten thing,
like a garment that is moth-eaten.

Ps 39:11

11“You chastise mortals
in punishment for sin,
consuming like a moth what is dear to them;
surely everyone is a mere breath. Selah

Isa 50:9

9It is the Lord GOD who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?
All of them will wear out like a garment;
the moth will eat them up.

Isa 51:8

8For the moth will eat them up like a garment,
and the worm will eat them like wool;
but my deliverance will be forever,
and my salvation to all generations.

Hos 5:12

12Therefore I am like maggots to Ephraim,
and like rottenness to the house of Judah.

Matt 6:19

Concerning Treasures
19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal;

Matt 6:20

20but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Luke 12:33

33Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth ... View more

Jas 5:2

2Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten.

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