Bright red color associated with a dye used for treating fabric and leather. Symbolic of honor and riches, scarlet was used extensively for the tabernacle furnishings (Num 4:8), often in combination with blue and purple (Exod 26:1). To be clothed in scarlet was prized (2Sam 1:24; Prov 31:21), and, mockingly, Jesus was clothed in scarlet at his trial (Matt 27:28). The scarlet thread (Gen 38:28) and the cord (Josh 2:18) drew particular attention to the firstborn of Tamar and the home of the harlot. In (Isa 1:11) the words “scarlet” and “crimson” are used to refer to the bloodred guilt of the sinner as opposed to the whiteness of innocence.

Num 4:8

8then they shall spread over them a crimson cloth, and cover it with a covering of fine leather, and shall put its poles in place.

Exod 26:1

The Tabernacle
1Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen, and blue, purple, and crimson yarns; you shall make them with ch ... View more

2Sam 1:24

24O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
who clothed you with crimson, in luxury,
who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.

Prov 31:21

21She is not afraid for her household when it snows,
for all her household are clothed in crimson.

Matt 27:28

28They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,

Gen 38:28

28While she was in labor, one put out a hand; and the midwife took and bound on his hand a crimson thread, saying, “This one came out first.”

Josh 2:18

18if we invade the land and you do not tie this crimson cord in the window through which you let us down, and you do not gather into your house your father and ... View more

Isa 1:11

11What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
says the Lord;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
and the fat of fed beasts;
I do not delight in the ... View more

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