Sapphire & Lapis Lazuli


If I could only talk about a single stone for the rest of my life, it would be lapis lazuli. It is my absolute favourite, by far. When I think about everything that this stone represents and means, I suddenly feel present with God and at times weep as I feel His nearness and magnitude. While I was pulling together scriptures and information for this blog, the weightiness of it would hit me like waves. I would have to stop each time and let it wash over me. I pray that you encounter this same spirit of revelation as I share about lapis in scripture and how God uses it in His Kingdom.

Let's look at both lapis and sapphire in scripture. It will help us to understand their sacred uses, but also clarify some confusion since both stones are used in different English translations of the Bible for the same scriptures.

Lapis Lazuli & Sapphire in the Bible

Exodus 24:9-10

Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under His feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky.

Exodus 28:18

The Priest's Breastplate

...the second row shall be turquoise, lapis lazuli and emerald

Ezekiel 1:26