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The word hallowed or hallow appears about 50 times in the KJV Bible. With one exception, it
is always found in the Old Testament. “And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer
and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou
hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetu-
ally” (1 Kings 9:3).
“Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work,
but hallow y e the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers” (Jer.17:22).
The most common meaning of this word as used in the verses above is to sanctify something to
be holy and done in reverence for God. Remember that sanctify means to “set aside for a par-
ticular purpose”. When used in the Bible it most often means to separate something to be used
in holiness for God.
When our blessed God speaks of hallowing something, it simply means that God Himself has
set apart a person or a thing for His own Holy purposes. The first verse from 1 Kings 9:3 shows
that God was pleased with the beautiful temple that Solomon built, and He accepted it as His
dwelling place. In other words, God set apart that beautiful golden building for Himself, thus
all who went there must have walked in reverence and fear (respect) of God.