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Holy – Hebrew: Kadosh

The Hebrew word for ‘holy’ is kadosh. This word is found 425 times in the Hebrew Scriptures.


Kadosh is the Hebrew word for ‘holy’ and means ‘set apart’. Those who are kadosh are called ‘holy ones.’

“He truly loves the peoples — all his holy ones are in your hand; sitting at your feet, they receive your instruction, the Torah Moshe commanded us as an inheritance for the community of Ya‘akov” (Deuteronomy 33:3-4).

“Fear Adonai, you holy ones of his, for those who fear him lack nothing” (Psalm 34:10).

“The fear of Adonai is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of holy ones is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).

“But the holy ones of the Most High will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, yes, forever and ever'” (Daniel 7:18).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Koof is a picture of the Back of the Head and means ‘what is final’

Dalet is a picture of a Door and means ‘pathway’

Shin is a picture of a Tooth and means ‘consume.’ The Shin is also representative of the shekinah, the presence of God.

kadosh – the final pathway for the presence of God.

The Greek word for ‘holy’ is agios and means ‘sanctify.’ Those who are ‘sanctified’ become ‘saints.’

“Set them apart for holiness by means of the truth – your word is truth” (John 17:17) Complete Jewish Bible

“May the God of shalom make you completely holy (set apart) – may your entire spirit, soul and body be kept blameless for the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

“To the Messianic Community in Corinth, consisting of those who have been set apart by (made holy by)  Yeshua the Messiah and called to be God’s holy people (saints)  ….” (1 Corinthians 1:2).

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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

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