In the Lord’s prayer, one of the most famous passages of the Bible, we find a word that’s uncommon in today’s world. That word is hallowed. We’re taught by the Lord Jesus how to pray unto God, but how can we pray properly if we don’t know what the words mean? That’s why I want to look at what the word hallowed means in Hebrew and Greek.
But first, let’s take a look at the definition of the word hallowed in the 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary:
“Consecrated to a sacred use, or to religious exercises; treated as sacred; reverenced.”
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
What Does The Word ‘Hallowed’ Mean In Hebrew?
miqdash- a sanctuary of diety.
qadash- to be, make clean.
This word is used in one form or another to represent being set apart for the work of God.
As an adverb, it means:
- to be holy (Exodus 29:37)
- to sanctify (2 Chronicles 29:5)
This term is used 172 times in the Old Testament.
qodesh- sacred place or thing.
As a noun, Qodesh means:
- holiness (Exodus 15:11)
- holy thing (Numbers 4:15)
- sanctuary (Exodus 36:4)
This word occurs 469 times in the Old Testament.
What Does The Word ‘Hallowed’ Mean In Greek?
hagiazo- to purify or consecrate.
“In this manner, therefore pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.“
– Matthew 6:9
The word hallowed means to be holy, sanctified or set apart from God. We know that God is holy and we are to be holy like He is. Therefore, be sure to mention how great and holy God is when you enter into your prayer time.
That’s what the word hallowed means in Hebrew and Greek. I pray you found this article helpful. If so, please share this content. Also, feel free to share any thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading!
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