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A red color taken from the bodies of dead kermes (Coccus ilicis , which attached itself to the kermes oak—Quercus coccifera ) or cochineal insects (Coccus cacti ). The same Hebrew words translated as crimson are also translated “scarlet” (“red” comes from a root word from which the Hebrew word “blood” comes and designates a different color.) Crimson or scarlet thread (Genesis 38:28 ,Genesis 38:28,38:30 ), cord (Joshua 2:18 ,Joshua 2:18,2:21 ), and cloth (Leviticus 14:4 ; Numbers 4:8 ; 2 Samuel 1:24 ; 2Chronicles 2:7,2 Chronicles 2:14 ; 2 Chronicles 3:14 ; Proverbs 31:21 ; Jeremiah 4:30 ; Nahum 2:3 ) are mentioned in the Bible. Crimson or scarlet along with purple were considered royal colors (Matthew 27:28 ; Revelation 17:3-4 ; Revelation 18:11-12 ,Revelation 18:11-12,18:16 ). Isaiah used scarlet as the imagery to describe sins (Isaiah 1:18 ). See Colors .

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Crimson'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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