The Bible references moths throughout many of its books, where the moths represent a range of different concepts. The verses tend to focus on the moth’s physical impact on society, often likening a moth to destruction and despair.
We’ve put together a compilation of key reference to moths in the Bible, categorised by the symbolism in each.
In the New Testament, the Book of Matthew (6:19) states:
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust doth consume, and where thieves break through and steal”
The verse as a whole is a plea for us not to live with a focus on wealth and possessions, as in time these won’t amount for a great deal. The rust will erode possessions, as the moth will to garments.
We should all focus on being good to others and less on personal success.
Through numerous verses in the Bible, moths are referenced as a destroyer of clothing. Here’s an example from the Old Testament (Isaiah 50:9)
“Who is Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.”
Clothes were a clear representation of prosperity in Biblical times, with this verse again highlighting the futility of focusing on material goods. It is another reminder of our little time on this planet, and urges us to make the most of it.
This is a common theme throughout the Old Testament in particular. Here’s a verse from King James (5:1-2):
“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.”