In the Old Testament, crowns symbolized honor or something which brought honor. Removal of a crown symbolized shame. Esther 6:7; Proverbs 12:4; Job 19:9; Lamentations 5:16

The New Testament makes frequent references to the victor’s crown. The wreath of leaves (olive, laurel, pine, or celery) awarded to winners of athletic competitions or military heroes represents the reward for those who overcome sin. This reward is called the crown of life, righteousness, and glory. Just as athletes who did not follow the rules of the games were disqualified, those who do not follow God’s laws will not receive the crown of eternal life. James 1:12; 2 Timothy 4:7-8; 1 Peter 5:4; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 2 Timothy 2:5

In contrast to the crown of leaves which withered, the spiritual crown lasts forever. 1 Corinthians 9:25; 1 Peter 5:4

The royal crown is mentioned three times in Revelation. This crown is usually translated diadem to distinguish it from the victor’s crown. These crowns are worn by the dragon, a beast, and the rider on a white horse (representing Satan, the Roman Empire, and Jesus). Revelation 12:3; Revelation 13:1; Revelation 19:12

“Be faithful to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Revelation 2:10

~ SR

Ruhmann, Scott. “Word of the Week: Crown.” 27th Street Church of Christ. Access date: .