Bible Symbolism in Ecclesiastes 9:8

Consider the following verse:

Ecclesiastes 9:8 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.

What is it trying to tell us? Are we always supposed to wear white clothes and have oil on our head or in our hair?

Have you ever noticed verses in the Bible like this where it doesn’t make much literal sense? As we know everything is in the Bible for a purpose. These verses are faith building and are there to reinforce doctrine (Teaching).

When a verse doesn’t make literals sense, look for a symbolic message in the verse.

Ecclesiastes 9:8 has four symbols in it that will help explain the message that God put in the verse for our edification:

  • Garments
  • White
  • Head
  • Ointment / Oil

These four symbols now give our verse a deep meaning.

Symbolic Translation:

Let thy Character be always pure, and let your thoughts/mind never lack the Holy Spirit. (or Guidance of the Holy Spirit). Ecclesiastes 9:8

In other words, a pure character is guided by pure thoughts from the Holy Spirit.

Garments = Character

Garment

White = Purity

White Box

Head = Mind, or Thoughts

Head

Ointment = Oil = Holy Spirit

Oil and Olives