Holiness – Hebrew: Kadosh

The word ‘holy’ is found 523 times in the Bible, 425 times in the Hebrew Scriptures.


Kadosh in Hebrew means Hebrew means ‘holy, pure, dedicated or set apart for a specific purpose’

“In your love, you led the people you redeemed; in your strength, you guided them to your holy abode” (Exodus 15:13).

“I am Adonai, your Holy One, the Creator of Isra’el, your King” (Isaiah 43:15).

“Adonai is in his holy temple. Adonai, his throne is in heaven. His eyes see and test humankind” (Psalm 11:4).

“On the contrary, following the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in your entire way of life;  since the Tanakh says, “You are to be holy because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15).

“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 7:1, NIV).

Holiness comes through ‘striving’ for a personal purification.  This is the removal of everything that contaminates body and spirit.  It is exemplified in the bronze laver in the Tabernacle.   It is important in the walk of holiness toward the Holy of Holies to use the commands of Elohim from both testaments.  The Hebrew Scriptures outline the purification of the body; the gospels and letters outline the purification of the spirit.  Both are necessary; both are essential to “be completely holy out of reverence for God.” 

Psalm 24:3-4 expresses 2 Corinthians 7:1 as clean hands (body) and pure hearts (spirit):

“Who may go up to the mountain of Adonai? Who can stand in his holy place?  THOSE WITH CLEAN HANDS AND PURE HEARTS.”  

Queen Esther, even as Queen of Persia, still had to approach the King, her husband,  in a holy manner.  If she did not, she would profane her husband’s name in his kingdom and bring him disgrace.  This is one of the reasons why Queen Vashti was removed.  It is important that though we can go boldly to the throne of grace (favor) that we remember protocol within a Kingdom.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Koof – ‘Behind the Head’ means ‘what is behind, what is past’

Dalet – ‘A Door’ means ‘door or pathway’

Vav – ‘A Nail’ means ‘binding together, binding’

Shin – ‘A Tooth’ means ‘consume or destroy’

kadosh – what is behind the pathway binding and consuming

Greek – hagiasmos – holy means to separate from sin and be consecrated to God, men are called to sanctify themselves through their calling, cleansing themselves from all defilement, forsaking sin, and living a holy manner of life

©2011 Tentstake Ministries Publishing, all rights reserved.  No copying or reproducing of this article without crediting the author or Tentstake Ministries Publishing.

Leave a Reply