What does keep your lamps trimmed and burning mean?
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Also to know is, what does it mean to have your lamps trimmed?
In the days when light came from burning oil in lamps, a vessel at sea needed crewmen to constantly care for the lamps. This care involved trimming the wick, which drew the oil up from the storage reservoir, so that the flame would be clean and bright. A poorly trimmed wick creates a flame which is dim and smoky.
One may also ask, what does it mean to keep oil in your lamp? Keeping your lamps lit means having your mind alert and tuned into Jesus, ready to hear him. Keeping them full of oil means preparing in advance, by storing in your mind knowledge of Scripture and similar things.
Keeping this in view, what does it mean when the virgins are trimming their wicks?
An untrimmed wick in an oil lamp has more of its length burning. That results in the oil being used up faster. So a trimmed wick is more economical.
How do you trim an oil lamp?
How to Trim a Kerosene Lamp Wick
- Trim a wick for a flat flame as you would cut a fingernail. Cut the top straight and make a slight curve in the ends, using a pair of scissors. Burn the wick so the flame is 1/8 to 1/2 inch tall.
- Trim the wick to a point if you want a peaked flame. Cut the wick into two points if you want a double flame.