Eyes in the Bible
also known as: ayin, ain, en
The word eye is used in various ways in Scripture.
“Your eyes will be opened”
“Open blind eyes” (spiritual blindness/darkness)
To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the prison,
Those who sit in darkness from the prison house. —Isaiah 42:7 NKJV
Hagar finds water in the desert…
- el Ain (see: Riblah)
- Ain 'Atan (see: Etam, Nephtoah)
- Ain-el-Barideh (see: Dalmanutha)
- Ain Hamul (see: Hammon
- Ain-Haud (see: En-shemesh)
- Ain Hawarah (see: Marah)
- Ain Helweh (see: Abel-meholah)
- Ain Hudherah (see: Kibroth-hattaavah)
- Ain el-Hudhera (see: Hazeroth)
- Ain Jalud (see: Harod, Fountain of Jezreel)
- Ain Jidy (Ain Jidi) (see: Engedi, cave, Dead Sea)
- Ain-Kana (see: Kanah)
- Ain Karim (see: Beth-haccerem)
- Ain Kezbeh (see: Achzib)
- Ain Lifta (see: Nephtoah)
- Ain Muweileh (see: Beer-lahai-roi)
- Ain-Rimmon (see: Rimmon)
- Ain Sarah (see: Sirah)
- Ain Shems (see: Ebenezer, Beth-shemesh, Kirjath-jearim
- Ain-esh-Shemsiyeh (see: Beth-shemesh
- Ain es-Sultan (see: Jericho
- Ain Tabighah (see: Bethsaida)
- Ain Ummel-Daraj (En-rogel)
- Ain el-Ghudyan (see: Ezion-geber
- Bel'ain (see: Baalath)
- M'ain (see: Baal-meon)
- Ras-el-Ain (see: Antipatris)
The word eye is used figuratively in various expressions.
The expression (Proverbs 23:31), “when it giveth his colour in the cup,” is literally, “when it giveth out [or showeth] its eye.”
a “bountiful eye” (Proverbs 22:9)
“haughty eyes” (6:17 marginal note)
The beads or bubbles of wine are spoken of as eyes—sparkles in the cup.
This is a custom which still prevails among Middle Eastern women.
…Though you enlarge your eyes with paint,
In vain you will make yourself fair… —Jeremiah 4:30 NKJV
…you washed yourself for them, painted your eyes, and adorned yourself with ornaments… —Ezekiel 23:40 NKJV
Punishment involving eyes
Men were sometimes cruelly punished by having their eyes gouged out.
King Zedekiah attempting to escape was captured and taken to Riblah. There, after seeing his own children put to death, his own eyes were put out, and, being loaded with chains, he was carried captive to Babylon (2 Kings 25:7).
Samson was captured by Israel’s enemies, after his supernatural strength was taken.
Then the Philistines took him [Samson] and put out his eyes… [literally “bored out”] —Judges 16:21 NKJV
Cherubim full of eyes
…And their whole body, their backs, their hands, their wings, and the wheels were full of eyes all around… —Ezekiel 10:1-20 LSB excerpt