Glossary: Oil/Olives/Anointing

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Something that makes clear, without blockage or obstruction. Either in the sense of making something visible/manifest or in the sense of something being made smooth without hinderance. 


  • Light is something that makes manifest (see definition for Light.). Oil is said to be “for the light.”

Exodus 25:6 (KJV) Oil for the light…

  • Oil is said to make ones face “shine.” Another reference to oil making things manifest.

Psalms 104:15 (KJV) And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.

  • John says that the Holy Spirit is an anointing. This anointing has caused us to “know all things” (see clearly).

1 John 2:20 (KJV) But ye have an unction [anointing/smearing] from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

  • Oil is used synonymously with “smoothness” (clear of obstruction).

Proverbs 5:3 (KJV) For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

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