Greek Pronunciation [HAH gee ahss]

HCSB Translation: holy

Uses in the NT: 233



And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”
(Revelation 4:8)


Hagios (holy) frequently refers to that which is dedicated or set apart to God’s service, describing things that have a derived holiness. This includes the church (1 Cor. 3:17; Eph. 5:26; 1 Pet. 2:9), as well as individual Christians (Rom. 12:1). Indeed, hagios may be translated “saints” in reference to believers, who are set apart by God for His service (Mt. 27:52; Ac 9:13; Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:2; Rev. 5:8). The word also describes Jerusalem (Mt. 4:5; Rev. 21:2, 10; 22:19), the various parts of the sanctuary (Mt. 24:15; Heb. 9:1- 3), angels (Mk. 8:38), OT prophets (Lk 1:70), Christian apostles and prophets (Eph. 3:5), divine revelation (Rom. 1:2; 2 Pt. 2:21), and various geographical locations (Act, 7:33; 2 Pet. 1:18). Additionally, hagios may describe what is holy by nature, namely, God the Father (Jn. 17:11; 1nPet. 1:15; Rev. 4:8), Jesus Christ (Mk. 1:24; Act. 3:14), and the Spirit (Mt. 3:11; Act. 1:5).



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