glory

glory

An important theological term in both the OT and the NT. The most important Hebrew word for glory, kabod, means “weight” or “importance.” Thus, to have glory is to be weighty or important to oneself or others. In the OT, glory is applied to humans, showing their significance in the world (Job 19:9; Prov 16:31; Prov 20:29; Isa 8:7). Frequently, it is also applied to God. God’s glory is particularly God’s visible manifestation to humans (Num 16:19; Num 16:42; Ps 102:16; Ezek 10:4). At the giving of the law at Mt. Sinai, God’s glory appears as a cloud and as fire (Exod 16:10; Exod 24:16-17). It is associated with the tabernacle and the Temple (Exod 40:34; Num 20:6; Ps 24:7-10; Ps 78:60-61). God’s glory frequently appears in Ezekiel’s visions (Ezek 10:4, Ezek 28:22, Ezek 43:2-5). Finally, glory may refer to God’s future appearance (Isa 4:5; Isa 60:1-2). The appropriate human response is to ascribe glory to God (Ps 22:23; Ps 29:2; Ps 86:9; Isa 66:5). The NT continues OT meanings of glory. Occasionally, it is applied to humans (Luke 12:27; John 7:18). More often, it is applied to God: God’s glory is seen (Luke 2:9; John 11:40; Acts 7:55; Rev 15:8). People are to give glory to God (Acts 12:23; 1Cor 10:31). In addition, glory is applied to the risen Christ (1Cor 2:8; Heb 2:7; Heb 2:9; 1Pet 1:11; Rev 5:12-13) and to Christ’s Second Coming as the Son of Man (Matt 25:31; Mark 8:38; Titus 2:13). The notion of glory as applied to Christ’s human existence is most developed in the Gospel of John. God’s glory appears in Jesus (John 1:14; John 13:31; John 17:5). Glory is revealed through Christ’s miracles (John 2:11; John 11:4). It is also closely associated with his death as his hour of glorification (John 12:23; John 17:1).

Job 19:9

9He has stripped my glory from me,
and taken the crown from my head.

Prov 16:31

31Gray hair is a crown of glory;
it is gained in a righteous life.

Prov 20:29

29The glory of youths is their strength,
but the beauty of the aged is their gray hair.

Isa 8:7

7therefore, the Lord is bringing up against it the mighty flood waters of the River, the king of Assyria and all his glory; it will rise above all its channels ... View more

Num 16:19

19Then Korah assembled the whole congregation against them at the entrance of the tent of meeting. And the glory of the Lord appeared to the whole congregation.

Num 16:42

42And when the congregation had assembled against them, Moses and Aaron turned toward the tent of meeting; the cloud had covered it and the glory of the Lord ap ... View more

Ps 102:16

16For the Lord will build up Zion;
he will appear in his glory.

Ezek 10:4

4Then the glory of the Lord rose up from the cherub to the threshold of the house; the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness ... View more

Exod 16:10

10And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.

Exod 24:16-17

16The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud.17Now the appearan ... View more

Exod 40:34

The Cloud and the Glory
34Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

Num 20:6

6Then Moses and Aaron went away from the assembly to the entrance of the tent of meeting; they fell on their faces, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them.

Ps 24:7-10

7Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.8Who is the King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the ... View more

Ps 78:60-61

60He abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh,
the tent where he dwelt among mortals,61and delivered his power to captivity,
his glory to the hand of the foe.

Ezek 10:4

4Then the glory of the Lord rose up from the cherub to the threshold of the house; the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness ... View more

Ezek 28:22

22and say, Thus says the Lord GOD:
I am against you, O Sidon,
and I will gain glory in your midst.
They shall know that I am the Lord
when I execute judgments i ... View more

Ezek 43:2-5

2And there, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east; the sound was like the sound of mighty waters; and the earth shone with his glory.3The visi ... View more

Isa 4:5

5Then the Lord will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over its places of assembly a cloud by day and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night ... View more

Isa 60:1-2

The Ingathering of the Dispersed
1Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.2For darkness shall cover the earth,
and t ... View more

Ps 22:23

23You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!

Ps 29:2

2Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
worship the Lord in holy splendor.

Ps 86:9

9All the nations you have made shall come
and bow down before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name.

Isa 66:5

The Lord Vindicates Zion
5Hear the word of the Lord,
you who tremble at his word:
Your own people who hate you
and reject you for my name's sake
have said, “Let ... View more

Luke 12:27

27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.

John 7:18

18Those who speak on their own seek their own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and there is nothing false in him.

Luke 2:9

9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

John 11:40

40Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

Acts 7:55

55But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

Rev 15:8

8and the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels we ... View more

Acts 12:23

23And immediately, because he had not given the glory to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.

1Cor 10:31

31So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.

1Cor 2:8

8None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Heb 2:7

7You have made them for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned them with glory and honor,

Heb 2:9

9but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the ... View more

1Pet 1:11

11inquiring about the person or time that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated when it testified in advance to the sufferings destined for Christ and the ... View more

Rev 5:12-13

12singing with full voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”13Then I ... View more

Matt 25:31

The Judgment of the Nations
31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.

Mark 8:38

38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory o ... View more

Titus 2:13

13while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

John 1:14

14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.

John 13:31

The New Commandment
31When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.

John 17:5

5So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

John 2:11

11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

John 11:4

4But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God's glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

John 12:23

23Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

John 17:1

Jesus Prays for His Disciples
1After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son ... View more

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