The dove is a symbol of
innocence, gentleness, and affection; also, in art
and in the Scriptures, the typical symbol of the
Holy Ghost. God sent his spirit in the form of a
dove to gather mankind into his church. The meanings
of the colors of the dove are:
Red Dove - because Christ redeemed man with his
blood, theSpeckled Dove symbolising the diversity of
the twelve prophets and the White Dove symbolising
innocence, gentleness and peace
A dove returned to Noah with an olive branch to let
him know that the flood waters had abated, and that
the Great Flood of God's judgment was over:
Gen. 8:10 He waited seven more days and again sent
out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned
to him in the evening, there in its beak was a
freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the
water had receded from the earth.
The Easton Bible Dictionary provides the following
definition, meaning and emblem for the Dove
Christian Symbol in the Bible.
Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in
the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as
serpents, and harmless as doves.
John 1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the
Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it
abode upon him.
In their wild state doves generally build their
nests in the clefts of rocks, but when domesticated
"dove-cots" are prepared for them (Cant. 2:14; Jer.
48:28; Isa. 60:8).
The dove was placed on the standards of the
Assyrians and Babylonians in honour, it is supposed,
of Semiramis (Jer. 25:38; Vulg., "fierceness of the
dove;" comp. Jer. 46:16; 50:16).
Doves and turtle-doves were the only birds that
could be offered in sacrifice, as they were clean
according to the Mosaic law (Ge. 15:9; Lev. 5:7;
12:6; Luke 2:24).
The dove was the harbinger of peace to Noah (Gen.
8:8, 10). It is often mentioned as the emblem of
purity (Ps. 68:13).
It is a symbol of the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:2; Matt.
3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32); also of
tender and devoted affection (Cant. 1:15; 2:14).
David in his distress wished that he had the wings
of a dove, that he might fly away and be at rest
There is a species of dove found at Damascus "whose
feathers, all except the wings, are literally as
yellow as gold" (68:13).