The Bible

Bible Usage:


  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: No
  • Included in Naves: No
  • Included in Smiths: Yes
  • Included in Websters: Yes
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: No
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:


Easton's Bible Dictionary

Jezebel "painted her face" (2 Kings 9:30); and the practice of painting the face and the eyes seems to have been common (Jeremiah 4:30; Ezekiel 23:40). An allusion to this practice is found in the name of Job's daughter (42:14) Kerenhappuch (q.v.). Paintings in the modern sense of the word were unknown to the ancient Jews.

Smith's Bible Dictionary

(as a cosmetic). The use of cosmetic dyes has prevailed in all ages in eastern countries. We have abundant evidence of the practice of painting the eyes both in ancient Egypt and in Assyria; and in modern times no usage is more general. It does not appear, however, to have been by any means universal among the Hebrews. The notices of it are few; and in each instance it seems to have been used as a meretricious art, unworthy of a woman of high character. The Bible gives no indication of the substance out of which the dye was formed. The old versions agree in pronouncing the dye to have been produced from antimony. Antimony is still used for the purpose in Arabia and in Persia, but in Egypt the kohl is a root produced by burning either a kind of frankincense or the shells of almonds. The dye-stuff was moistened with oil and kept in a small jar. Whether the custom of staining the hands and feet, particularly the nails, now so prevalent in the past, was known to the Hebrews is doubtful. Painting as an art was not cultivated by the Hebrews, but they decorated their buildings with paint.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PA'INT, verb transitive [Latin pingo, pictus.]

1. To form a figure or likeness in colors; as, to paint a hero or a landscape.

2. To cover or besmear with color or colors, either with or without figures; as, to paint a cloth; to paint a house.

3. To represent by colors or images; to exhibit in form.

When folly romantic, we must paint it.

4. To represent or exhibit to the mind; to present in form or likeness to the intellectual view; to describe.


--The word is too good to paint out her wickedness.

5. To color; to diversify with colors.

6. To lay on artificial color for ornament.

Jezebel painted her face and tired her head. 2 Kings 9:30.

PAINT, verb intransitive To lay colors on the face. It is said the ladies in France paint

1. To practice painting. The artist paints well.

PAINT, noun A coloring substance; a substance used in painting; either simple or compound; as a white paint or red paint

1. Color laid on canvas or other material; color representing any thing.

2. Color laid on the face; rouge.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PA'INTED, participle passive Colored; rubbed over with paint; as a painted house or cloth.

1. Represented in form by colors.

2. Described.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PA'INTER, noun One whose occupation is to paint; one skilled in representing things in colors.

PA'INTER, noun A rope used to fasten a boat to a ship or other object.

Naves Topical Index

Around the eyes, to enlarge their appearance
2 Kings 9:30; Jeremiah 4:30; Ezekiel 23:40

Of rooms
Jeremiah 22:14

Of portraits
Ezekiel 23:14

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PA'INTING, participle present tense Representing in colors; laying on colors.

PA'INTING, noun The art of forming figures or resembling objects in colors on canvas or other material, or the art of representing to the eye by means of figures and colors, any object of sight, and sometimes the emotions of the mind.

1. A picture; a likeness or resemblance in colors.

2. Colors laid on.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PA'INTURE, noun The art of painting.