Spiritual Meaning Of Key Words In Scripture
by Mike Vinson
Col 2:2-3 - That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father and of Christ, In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
1Co 2:14 - But the natural man receives not the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned
2Co 5:17 - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.
- Positive: the, voice, works and true doctrines of God.
- Negative: The words and false doctrines of the wicked.
- religion independent of God (Isa 1:10, 21; Jer 51:7, Mat 23:35, Rev 11:8, 17:1, 18:24)
- man (Ecc 3:18, Rev 13:18)
- Negative: typically evil, deceitful spirits. (Jer 5:27, Mat 13:4, 19; Gen 40:17-19) Positive: typically Holy Spirit as a dove. (Lev 14:7, Mat 3:16, Psa 55:6)
- lies of the fallen woman (Pro 5:4, Ecc 7:26, Rev 8:11)
- hurt (Jer 8:21, Joe 2:6)
- Brass and Iron
Jer 6:28, Zec 6 - Twin metals of revolution against God, and those who corrupt God's word; Isa 1:25 Base metals must be 'purged' away. Eze 22:18 - dross.
- Christ, the Word (Joh 1:1, Joh 6:51, Mat 26:26)
Typical of the 'deeds' of the flesh. We are to root them out. (Deu 7:1-4) The type here shows sanctification is a process. (Exo 23:29 -
I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.)
...if you continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.(Joh 8:31)
- churches Rev 1:20, Mat 5:15 luknia - Strong's #3087 Olive trees (feed the candlesticks) word and spirit of the Lord Zac 4:3-6
- Cedars of Lebanon
Men that are elevated, either by their own imaginations or by God.
The righteous ... shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon(Psa 92:12). This speaks of the glory of God's righteous ones. However, this type may also be applied to God's enemies, but with the opposite result:
For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up...(Isa 2:12-13). Kings and princes are quite often referred to as cedars of Lebanon. In Ezekiel's riddle to Israel in chapter 17, Jerusalem is likened to a cedar of Lebanon and the king to the highest branch thereof and the princes to the tops of the young twigs thereof. But they were planted by Nebuchadnezzar and grew into a vine of low stature. Such was the fate of those who despised God's oath.
Our saviour, of course, but the word is often used to include those who are members of "His body" (Rev 11:15, I Joh 4:17, Act 4:25, 26)
He who sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one(ICo 12:12-14)
Throughout the first five books of the Old Testament, a single cloud invariably typified Christ. In Genesis, the token of God's covenant with Noah, that He would never again destroy all flesh with a flood of waters, was never mentioned apart from the cloud in which it would appear (Gen 9:13-16). In fact, God specified that the rainbow would be preceded by the cloud coming over the earth (Gen 9:14). In every other instance of a single cloud in the Pentateuch, the cloud that preceded Israel thoughout the wilderness is under discussion. In these instances, the Hebrew word is ‛ânân (Strong's #6051). The cloud was a pillar that led Israel while they walked in the light of day, but while they walked in the darkness of night, the pillar was of fire. (That being the case, we may conclude that we can walk in light and be led by a shining cloud, or we can walk in darkness and be led by fiery trial. Either way, we are led by God, but we may be led in peace or in judgment.
For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.(1Co 11:31-32)) This same pillar, while providing light for God's people (then or now) during the night, showed only darkness to the persuing denizens of Egypt (the world). When the cloud would fill the tabernacle (and later, the temple) of the Lord with the glory of the Lord, neither Moses (the Law - Exo 40:35) nor the priests were able to stand to minister and were displaced from the temple (1Ki 8:11; 2Ch 5:14). The glory and light of the Lord are associated with a cloud in other instances throughout the Old Testament as well (Job 37:15; Eze 1:28, 10:3-4).
The loftiness of clouds is used to describe the supremacy of the Lord in that he is higher than the clouds (Nah 1:3). The Lord is commonly depicted as riding upon a cloud (Isa 19:1; Mat 24:30, 26:64; Mar 13:26, 14:62; Luk 21:27), and in Psalm 140:3, clouds are said to be the Lord's chariot. In this sense of loftiness, clouds are also likened to the vain aspirations of evil men (Job 20:6; Isa 14:14; 2Pe 2:17; Jud 1:12). However, God's people with whom he is well pleased are also likened to clouds or otherwise associated with them in the loftiness of their calling (Isa 60:8; 1Th 4:17; Heb 12:1; Rev 11:12).
In most cases, throughout, clouds act in the capacity of a covering (Job 22:14, 26:9; Psa 105:39). The word most commonly translated as 'cloud' or 'clouds,' ‛ânân, is in fact derived from a word meaning 'covering' (‛ânan - Strong's #6049). In some cases, this covering was for a blessing (Isa 25:5, 44:22); in others, it was for a punishment or curse (Job 3:5; Lam 2:1, 3:44; Eze 30:18, 32:7).
...He scattereth his bright cloud: And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth. He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy(Job 37:11-13). Quite often, clouds operate in close association with darkness even in connection with God (Job 38:9; Eze 32:7-8, 34:12; Joe 2:2; Zep 1:15). In fact, there are many Old Testament descriptions of God's abode that include clouds and darkness (Deu 4:11, 5:22; 2Sa 22:12; Psa 97:2). Both as a covering and in connection with darkness, clouds are described as the earth's garment (Job 38:9)
Another aspect of clouds for which they are used as types is their impermanence. As such, they are likened to man; be it his flesh (Job 7:9), his welfare (Job 30:15), his goodness (kindness, mercy) (Hos 6:4), or his works (Hos 13:3).
This can be contrasted with prophecies of the coming Messiah in which He either rides a cloud (is over them) or in which there are no clouds. And therein lies an indication of the primary function of clouds as types. Whether as blessing or judgment, a cloud has always indicated that the associated subject was not fully revealed or that there was some mediating factor between the parties that the cloud divided. The fact that the morning is cloudless when Christ, He who rules over men, arrives (2Sa 23:4), shows that the coming of Jesus Christ is a revelation and a fulfillment. His work has permanence. He is over all and covers all.
absence of God's presence Gen 1:2 ignorance or rebellion to the ways and words of God. Mat 4:16, Pro 2:13 Mic 7:8 way of the wicked is as darkness Pro 4:19 also a sign of God's anger Joe 2:2, Joe 2:31, Amo 5:18,20, Zep 1:15; God is Light AND darkness - Psa 18:11, 25 and 26.
- Understanding God's ways. 1Th 5:5-8 (same as light)
Positive: God's people that bring forth good fruit after receiving the 'rain' of His word in their spiritual lives. (Heb 6:4-8, Jam 5:7)
Negative: God's people who have turned their back on God. Jer 22:28-29 This Coniah is the son of Jehoiakim, King of Judah (24) but Judah has turned their back on God. Hence he addresses them as "earth, earth." It is above the 'sea' [see Sea below], but is not "in the heavens" of Eph 2:6. God's people who refuse to receive His word. Hos 6:3 (See Land)
- Earth swallowed
God's supernatural protection of whatever sort or means it may be. Exo 15:12 says the waters of the Red Sea which destroyed the Egyptian armies were the 'earth swallowing' them. (Rev 12:15-16)
light, truth and righteousness comes from the East. Isa 41:2, 25; Mat 24:7 - Truth (Christ) comes from the 'east'. Joh 17:17
...thy word is truth.
- sin and darkness. Where we are before God calls us. Exo 1:8, (we were slaves to sin) Jud 5
- spiritual understanding and knowledge, Gen 3:7, Eph 1:18, Rom 11:8, Mat 13:16, Luk 19:42, 1Jo 2:11
- God revealing His Word to us (Rev 3:18)
the world Mat 13:38; Esau, the rejected seed of Abraham, was a man of the field - Gen 25:27; Fruitful field - righteousness Isa 32:16
the Lord's purifying anger. (Jer 15:14, Psa 83:14, Isa 9:18, 1Co 3:13) God's fury which is fed by "evildoings". Jer 4:4; Isa 63:2 - When the nations are 'boiling', it is because God's fire [fury] in burning. Isa 42:5 - And still God's people don't even recognize God's discipline when it comes. Fire burns up wickedness, wickedness is the fuel of the fire of God - Isa 9:18. God's fury - Lam 2:4; Our fiery trials are the work of the Lord - Hab 2:13, Christ's feet burn wickedness - Hab 3:5. The Lord is like a "devouring fire" - Exo 24:17; As a consuming fire He shall destroy his enemies" Deu 9:1.
- Ungodly men. The wicked (Psa 18:4, Psa 17:13 and 14) His Wrath upon the wicked (Job 38:22, Psa 18:12-14)
- Isa 66:1 earth is God's footstool = the whore Lam 2:1 The 'earth' that has turned its back on God.
Mind - Jer 3:3 - "...yet you have a harlot's forehead, you refused to be ashamed." The right hand and forehead of Rev 13:16 represent the thoughts and actions of those who have the mark of the beast.
the fear of the Lord; the truth of God's word. Rev 7:7, Rev 8:10 and Pro 14:27; Psa 36:9, Jer 17:13, Zec 13:1, wicked are a troubled fountain - Pro 25:26
- the wicked one (Mat 13:2 and 19)
- Lying spirits that spiritually destroy the people of God. (Psa 78:45; Rev 16:13)
the 'works' we produce. 'ye shall know them by their fruits.' Mat 7:16 bring forth fruit worthy of repentance
Luk 3:8 bring forth fruit to God Rom 7:4 maintain good works...that they be not unfruitful.
Tit 3:14, Gal 5:22, Jam 3:18, Joh 15:8
- Positive - the righteousness of Christ
- Negative - self-righteousness
- Gold, silver, precious stones
- God's good works through us 1Co 3:12, Rev 3:18
- Those of little strength; those to whom God's doctrine and speech come. Rev 9:4, 2Ki 19:26, Deu 32:2. Also, the lifetime of humans 1Pe 1:24.
- God's wrath on the wicked in the church (Exo 9:18, Psa 18:12, Isa 28:17, Rev 8:7, 11:19, 16:21, Eze 13:11-13
is a symbol of beauty, was a mark of Esau of grace and strength.Gen 25:25. In describing the comeliness of Jerusalem "thy hair was grown" Eze 16:7. It's only a physical strength so priests at consecration had to 'shave all their flesh' Num 8:7 and the leper before he could be cleansed had to 'cut off all his hair, his beard, his eyebrows, even all his hair.' Lev 14:8-9 - for in consecration or cleansing the flesh has to be put away. Besides marking strength, it shows wildness if it is excessive-like Nebuchadnezzar's hair 'like eagle's feathers' indicating his bruteness.
- Heathen or Gentiles
- God's people who have turned their backs on God. Act 4:25; Psa 2:1,2
- High Places
- Positive application - the heavens of our hearts and minds in unity with Christ's doctrine:
- Negative application - false doctrines that exalt against the knowledge of God (2Co 10:5):
- Power, strength - 1Sa 2:10; 2Sa 22:3; Lam 2:3; Psa 18:2
Making things right through chastening. Act 7:22, Strong's #4148 - Mishpaht in Isa 26:9 is the same word as #3809, Paidia used in 1Co 11:32 and Heb 12:11.
- Key of David
- Jesus Christ Rev 3:9, Isa 22:22
- False doctrines and lies kill. (Eze 13:19, Luk 9:60, Rev 8:11)
Christ, that which spans the vast distance (gulf - Strong's #5490 - Luk 16:26) between life and death, between heaven and earth (Gen 28:12-17). The gulf mentioned in Luk 16:26 is Christ. The difference between the rich man and Lazarus is that Lazarus knew Christ. That ladder on which the angels ascend and descend in Gen 28 is Christ (Joh 1:51).
- God's people (Isa 40:11; Jer 11:19 ) Lost lambs will be retrieved (Luk 15:4, Joh 10:16)
- light of God's word (Strong's - lampas #2985) your word is a lamp unto my feet Mat 25:1-8, Rev 4:5 and 8:10
- translated 'earth' in Heb 6:7, Earth stands for our physical bodies - good or bad. (Jam 5:7, Deu 32:1) (See earth)
- influence (positive) Luk 13:20-21 as the mustard seed in the previous verse, the leaven spreads. also Mat 13:33 (negative-most common usage) 1Co 5:6-8, Mar 8:15, Gal 5:9
understanding God's ways. Psa 119:105, Joh 3:19, Joh 5:35, Pro 6:23 light dwells in Him. Dan 2:22 Opposite of darkness 1Co 4:5, 1Co 6:14 Eph 5:8 walk as children of light. Mat 5:14 - Ye are the light of the world...they may see your good works. Vs. 16). God is light and darkness. - Psa 18:11, 25 and 26.
- word of God. Mat 24:45, Joh 6:27, Joh 6:53-58, 1Co 3:2, Heb 5:12,14
Describe the various stages of degeneration of a people from gold (1Co 3:12) to lower quality base metals - brass, tin, iron and lead (Eze 22:18-22) [See brass and iron above]
- Earth (Joe 2:30-31, Act 2:19-20)
- Morning Star
- Christ (Rev 2:28 and 22:16)
- (untempered) - Lies and false doctrines (Eze 13:10-13)
- kingdoms (Dan 2:35, Rev 17:9 seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.)
- shame of sin Rev 3:18, Lam. 1:8-9, Lam 4:21-22, Gen 3:21
nature Rev 22:4 His name shall be in their foreheads. Gen17:5 Abraham was given a new name. Rev 2:13, 17; 3:12 will write upon him the name of my God... Rev 14:1 Father's name written in their foreheads. Jer 3:3 - you have a whore's forehead. ('forehead' denotes a way of thinking)
- New Jerusalem
God's people. Rev 3:12, Gal 4:26-27. Also the 'bride' of Christ and His body. Isa 60:14 - "They shall call you the city of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel."
darkness, deceit, hypocrisy 'make the day dark with night' Exo 14:20 'we are not of the night' 1Th 5:5
- Judgment comes from the north. (Jer 6:1, Isa 41:25, Jer 1:14, Jer 4:6
- Olive tree
- Israel according to the flesh and the spirit Jer 11:16, Rom 11:17
The state of both spirits and people separated from the truths of God's word. (Isa 24:21-22 - "...the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high and the kings of the earth upon the earth, and they shall be gathered together as prisoners gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in prison and after many days they shall be visited." Jud 6; 2Pe 2:4) Comment: When men are witnessed to, spirits are involved. (Heb 1:14) When spirits are punished, men are involved. (Isa 24:21-22) The spirit can be no more separated from the physical, than we can be separated from the body of Christ. (Rom 1:20) [See 'Stars']
- (white) - Christ's righteousness which covers us. Gen 3:21, Zec 3:4 Rev 16:15, Rev 3:18, Rev 19:8
God's doctrines (Deu 32:2); Turning your back against God's truth causes the rain (His doctrines) to be withheld. Jer 3:3; Endurance in His truth ("follow on to know") brings Him to us as "the former and the latter rain unto the earth". Hos 6:3
righteousness of the saints Rev 19:8, 6:11 and 7:9,13-14 If the garments are "filthy" then the wearer is unrighteous (Isa 64:6 and Zec 4:3).
Christ (Rev 22:16; Isa 11:10) Negatively 'root' is a symbol of hidden wicked influences (gall and wormwood) among God's people - Deu 29:18.
- Scorpions False Doctrines
- Isa 60:5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.
- The masses of mankind not yet called of God. Rev 17:1, 15, 18.
- (good) the kingdom gospel (Mat 13:3,4 and 19, 38) The word of God (Mat 13:24) and the children of the kingdom (Mat 13:38).
- Battle cry - Jos 6:20, Jer 51:14
- God's anger Exo 19:18, Deu 29:20, Psa 74:1, 104:32 and 144:5, Isa 9:18
The attachment God has with each individual person is his creation. The soul is not alive without a body, be it a physical body at creation and conception: "He formed man of the dust of the ground and He breathed into him the breath of life and he became a living soul" (Gen 2:7), or a spiritual body at the resurrection:
It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body(1Co 15:44). A dead body is not a conscious body (Ecc 3:18-20) but is "asleep in Christ" or not in Christ but asleep (1Co 15:18). But God does not forget "the work of His hands" (Job 14:15) and refers to the soul as His 'darling' in Psa 22:20 and 35:17. The soul is God's knowledge of who we are dead or alive.
spiritual personalities sent by God to minister to the "heirs of salvation" (Heb 1:14) This Michael is not Christ as some contend (Dan 12:1). Michael stands with Christ (Dan 10:16-21). He is called a prince, and the "prince of Persia" is also a spirit that withstood Michael - Dan 10:20.
angels - Rev 1:20, Psa 148:3 Sometimes they are used to represent people. (Gen 37:9; Dan 8:10 Stars represented great generals opposing Alexander's armies [the horn]. Dan 12:3 - used to represent men of the Lord used to turn men to God. As with all words, they can also have a negative connotation. Stars are also used to represent false gods as in Act 7:43.) The seven churches are called stars. The "angels" (messengers) of these churches are the messengers God uses. (Rev 1:11 through chapter 3)
- Stranger Positive Application: the elect of God
- word of God Joh 6:63, Rev 1:16, Rev 2:16, fights with the sword of His mouth. Rev 19:15, put on the whole armor of God. Eph 6:17
false prophets and doctrines. (Isa 9:14-15, Deu 28:13, 44, Lying spirits whose leader is the angel of the bottomless pit - Rev 9:10 and 19) Rev 12:4 - Satan lies "drew the third part of the stars of heaven..."
- Christ's body Joh 2:19 which we are. 2Co 6:16, 1Co 3:16, Rev 3:12, Rev 7:15
Cares of this world and deceitfulness of riches (Mat 13:22. Jer 4:3) [Strong's #873 - akantha]. A disability [Strong's #4647 - skolops] 2Co 12:7 - thorn in the flesh. Evil men doing evil deeds - Mic 7:4
the sons of Belial [name means wickedness, foolishness, evil] shall be all of them as thorns(2Sa 23:6).
- Thorns and Briars False Doctrines
- Voice - Strong's #693 Kohl in Exo 5:2 - voice = thunder in Exo 9:28, 29, 33; Exo 19:16 - "thunders" and voice are both kohl in the same verse.
- God's treasures are His vengeance against the wicked. Jer 51:16; Deu 32:34
fruit bearers; man's life. Deu 20:19, bring joy to men - Joe 1:12 and 19 and Eze 47:7. Trees and wood are both the same word, 'gehtz' #6086 in Strong's concordance. Psa.1:3 "...shall be like a tree..."
Warning signs from God by His ministers. Isa 58:1 - "Lift up your voice as a trumpet". Jos 6:8-20 - March around Jericho. Jer 4:5,19 and 6:1. Also, the seven trumpets of Revelation. These trumpets will not be heard - Jer 4:5, 6:17 and 42:14
- Turned the captivity
Restore to former glory - Job 42:10; Deu 30:3; Jer 29:14; Zep 2:7; for Israel, this will occur when it also occurs for Sodom and Samaria. This is the fulfilling of "until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved..." of Rom.11:25-26 "For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?" Rom 11:15. This 'life from the dead' is the second resurrection (Eze 16:53-55).
- Christ's flesh. Heb 10:20; Heb 6:19
- knowing the will of God. Mic 3:6, Pro 29:18
- see thunder
many people ('He drew me out of many waters') Psa 18:16 come forth out of the waters of Jud Isa. 48:1 the waters exalt themselves Eze 31:14...whore that sits upon many waters. Rev 17:1,15
A period of trying, testing and proving which follows our initial baptism (with water 1Co 10:2) but precedes a later baptism of God's Spirit. (Act 1:5). No one escapes the wilderness experience after their initial baptism. Abraham went to Egypt; Isaac went to Abimelech, the Philistine; Jacob to Haran. The apostle Paul went into the wilderness of Arabia (Gal 1:17). Even our Lord was "driven of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of Satan..." Notice Jer 2:2 - "A land not sown..." (wilderness)
spirit...did blow with your wind Exo 15:10 (Str. #7307 ruach) Joh 3:8 wind blows where it lists...so is everyone that is born of the spirit. Gen 1:2 (ruach) wind of the Lord; whirlwind - negative - God's anger Psa 58:9 and Pro 1:27.
God's supernatural operations and protection Deu 32:11- hovers - same word as above with wings. Exo 19:4-5 - bore you on eagles' (vultures) wings. God bore them on wings to make a contract. Num 15:37- corners = wings. Tassels to represent covenant relationship w/ God. Extremity of the robe was the 'wings'. Woman w/ issue of blood has only to touch the 'wings' to be healed. Rut 2:12 - come to trust under the wings. vs 3:9 - cloak (wings) for protection. Eze 16:8 - wings spread over to cover nakedness.
- in the negative sense, the work of men's hands. 2Co 3:12 and Deu 4:28, 2Ki 19:18 same word as trees (see)
- turning back to sin. Jer 9:13-15, Deu 29:14-18, Rev 8:10-11)
Job 6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.
Psa 18:13 The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.
Psa 18:14 Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
Zec 9:14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord GOD shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.
Psa 11:2 For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.
Psa 64:2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: Psa 64:3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:
Psa 64:4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
Jer_9:8 Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait.
Mal 4: 2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness (referring) to Christ) arise with healing in his wings; H3671 and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.wings:H3671
From H3670; an edge or extremity; specifically (of a bird or army) a wing, (of a garment or bed clothing) a flap, (of the earth) a quarter, (of a building) a pinnacle: - + bird, border, corner, end, feather [-ed], X flying, + (one an-) other, overspreading, X quarters, skirt, X sort, uttermost part, wing ([-ed]).
Rev 3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Zec 3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
Zec 3:4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.
Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Jas 5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
Psa 18:33 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.
Pro 8:2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
Isa 41:18 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
Lev 26:30 And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.
Jer 7:31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.
Eph_6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Rev 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
Rev 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
Rev 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
To remove any doubt as to the meaning of 'scorpions' in scripture we are told this about the meaning of the word 'tail' as in "tails like unto scorpions":
Isa 9:14 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.
Isa 9:15 The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
Psa 39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.Negative Application: false teachers/doctrines
Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
1Pe 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
Pro 2:16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
Pro 5:20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
Joh 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
Eze 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
See also 'Scorpions'.