hallow

hallow

To make holy or to set apart for special service. In the OT “hallow” is used to render a form of the Hebrew word qâd–esh, the primary meaning of which is “separation” or “setting apart.” In its various forms the Hebrew word is also translated as “holy,” “holiness,” “consecrate,” “sanctify,” “dedicate,” “purify,” or something similar. Thus, a “hallowed thing” was something set apart for a special use or purpose, such as the gifts Israel dedicated to God (Exod 28:38) or the Jubilee Year (Lev 25:10), and “to hallow” (consecrate, sanctify) persons or things was to remove them from the realm of ordinary profane labor or use to that of the sacred, such as the consecration of Aaron’s sons as priests (Exod 29:1; Exod 20:11). Associated with this appointment for special use was a sense of respect and reverence, clearly seen in the application of the term “hallowed” to God’s name, which was understood to be in the sacred realm and therefore deserving of special reverence (Matt 6:9; Luke 11:2).

Exod 28:38

38It shall be on Aaron's forehead, and Aaron shall take on himself any guilt incurred in the holy offering that the Israelites consecrate as their sacred donati ... View more

Lev 25:10

10And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you: you shall ret ... View more

Exod 29:1

The Ordination of the Priests
1Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them, so that they may serve me as priests. Take one young bull and two rams ... View more

Exod 20:11

11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and c ... View more

Matt 6:9

9“Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.

Luke 11:2

2He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.

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