The crown in the ancient
world came in many shapes and forms. They were made of very costly
material, symbolizing royalty and sovereignty.
Sennacherib With Crown
When King David conquered Rabbah,
he took the crown of the king of the Ammonites which contained a talent of
gold and precious stones. Solomon said that a virtuous wife was a crown to
"In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for
a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people"
- Isaiah 28-5
"For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a
crown of pure gold on his head."
- Psalm 21:3
"And David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah, and
fought against it, and took it. And he took their king's crown from off
his head, the weight whereof was a talent of gold with the precious
stones: and it was set on David's head. And he brought forth the spoil of
the city in great abundance."
- 2 Samuel 12:29-30
"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first
begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him
that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made
us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion
for ever and ever. Amen. Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye
shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the
earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen."
- Revelation 1:5-7
"And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF
KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
- Revelation 19:16
(United Upper and Lower Countries)
(Corona Civica, Galba)
A Crown of
Temporary and Fading Earthly Glory
The crown was an emblem of power and legitimacy and a symbol
of transcendent authority upon monarchs and rulers
The crown is a valued and ornamented headgear worn by rulers
especially when appearing in public or in their official
role as king or queen. Ancient heads of state surrounded
themselves with the optics of glory beginning with the
coronation ceremony when they were crowned and seated upon a
throne indicating their authority, power and importance to
the audience they ruled and intimidated into submission.
Crowns are often made of gold and contain items of cultural
value such as jewels and precious stones. Indian headdress
might include rare and valuable feathers. An Olympic victor
might wear a simple wreath, but the meaning is still one of
great accomplishment and personal glory.
Whatever earthly glory a crown might represent, the
Scripture reminds us that it is temporary and fading. The
twenty-four elders in Revelation 4:10 cast down their crowns
at the feet of God acknowledging that He alone is the true
King and the symbols of their own glory must be humbly
submitted to Godís honor and glory.
God offers those who accept His forgiveness, salvation and
lordship, the Crown of Life (James 1:12, Rev. 2:10) and a
Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:4) perhaps referring to Godís own
Presence radiating His authority and rule through those He
loved and redeemed.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict
training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but
we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Cor 9:25
1 Corinthians 9:25 - "And every man that striveth for the
mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain
a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible."
The Bible mentions a lot
regarding the word "crown":
Exodus 25:11 - And thou
shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou
overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold
Philippians 4:1 - Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and
longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the
Lord, [my] dearly beloved.
37:26 - And he overlaid it with pure gold, [both] the top of
it, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns of it: also he
made unto it a crown of gold round about.
49:26 - The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the
blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting
hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown
of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
- Let the royal apparel be brought which the king [useth] to wear,
and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown
royal which is set upon his head:
89:39 - Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant:
thou hast profaned his crown [by casting it] to the
Revelation 2:10 - Fear none of those things which thou shalt
suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that
ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou
faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of
12:30 - And he took their king's crown from
off his head, the weight whereof [was] a talent of gold with the
precious stones: and it was [set] on David's head. And he brought
forth the spoil of the city in great abundance.
Chronicles 20:2 - And David took the crown of
their king from off his head, and found it to weigh a talent of
gold, and [there were] precious stones in it; and it was set upon
David's head: and he brought also exceeding much spoil out of the
48:45 - They that fled stood under the shadow of Heshbon
because of the force: but a fire shall come forth out of Heshbon,
and a flame from the midst of Sihon, and shall devour the corner of
Moab, and the crown of the head of the tumultuous
- And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal
apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of
gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of
Shushan rejoiced and was glad.
Leviticus 21:12 - Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary,
nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of
the anointing oil of his God [is] upon him: I [am] the LORD.
17:6 - Children's children [are] the crown of
old men; and the glory of children [are] their fathers.
37:27 - And he made two rings of gold for it under the
crown thereof, by the two corners of it, upon the two
sides thereof, to be places for the staves to bear it withal.
11:12 - And he brought forth the king's son, and put the
crown upon him, and [gave him] the testimony; and they
made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and
said, God save the king.
Chronicles 23:11 - Then they brought out the king's son, and
put upon him the crown, and [gave him] the testimony,
and made him king. And Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said,
God save the king.
- And thou shalt put the mitre upon his head, and put the holy
crown upon the mitre.
8:9 - And he put the mitre upon his head; also upon the
mitre, [even] upon his forefront, did he put the golden plate, the
holy crown; as the LORD commanded Moses.
- Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown
of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover
their secret parts.
Revelation 14:14 - And I looked, and behold a white cloud,
and upon the cloud [one] sat like unto the Son of man, having on his
head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
- For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou
settest a crown of pure gold on his head.
- Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of
the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
16:12 - And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in
thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.