Also see Sanctify

CONSECRATE in scriptures [BibleGateway Search]

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NIV in the Old Testament uses the word "consecrate" rather than "sanctify." For example: 2 Chronicles 29:5,15,17-19,33-34

CONSECRATION [Easton Bible Dictionary]

The devoting or setting apart of anything to the worship or service of God. The race of Abraham and the tribe of Levi were thus consecrated (Exodus 13:2,12,15; Numbers 3:12). The Hebrews devoted their fields and cattle, and sometimes the spoils of war, to the Lord (Leviticus 27:28,29). According to the Mosaic law the first-born both of man and beast were consecrated to God.

In the New Testament, Christians are regarded as consecrated to the Lord (1 Peter 2:9).




kon'-se-krat, kon-se-kra'-shun.

1. In the Old Testament:

In the Old Testament for several Hebrew words of different meanings:

(1) charam: "I will consecrate (the Revised Version (British and American) "devote") their gain unto the Lord," i.e. the spoil of the nations shall be dedicated to the service of Yahweh (Micah 4:13).


(2) nazar, nezer (Numbers 6:7,9,12; the Revised Version (British and American) "separate").


(3) qadhesh: "to be set apart," or "to be holy": of Aaron and his sons (Exodus 28:3; 30:30; the Revised Version (British and American) "sanctify"). The silver and gold and brass and iron of the banned city of Jericho are "consecrated" things (the Revised Version (British and American) "holy") unto the Lord (Joshua 6:19); of the priests (2 Chronicles 26:18); of sacrifices (2 Chronicles 29:33; 31:6; Ezra 3:5).


(4) mille' yadh, literally, "to fill the hand"; and substantive plural millu'im, a peculiar idiom used frequently and generally for the installation of a priest into his office; and substantive for the installation offerings which were probably put into the priest's hands to symbolize his admission into office; hence, the phrase, "and thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons" (Exodus 29:9; so Exodus 28:41; 29:29:Exodus 33,15; 32:29; Leviticus 8:33; 16:32; 21:10; Numbers 3:3; Judges 17:5,12; 2 Chronicles 29:31); of Jeroboam's non-Levitical priesthood (1 Kings 13:33; 2 Chronicles 13:9); of the altar (Ezekiel 43:26) and of those who contributed to build the temple (1 Chronicles 29:5). Subst. of an act of installation (Leviticus 7:37; 8:33), and of installation offerings (Exodus 29:22,26-27,31; Leviticus 8:22,28-29,31).

2. In the New Testament:

In the New Testament teleioo, "to make perfect" (Hebrews 7:28; the Revised Version (British and American) "perfected"); egkainizo, "to make new" (Hebrews 10:20; the Revised Version (British and American) "dedicated").

T. Rees

CONSECRATE, CONSECRATION [Thompson Chain Reference]
A Call to Personal

* Exodus 32:29
* 1 Chronicles 29:5
* Proverbs 23:26
* Romans 12:1
* 2 Timothy 2:21
* (Heart)

Examples of Personal

* Judges 5:2
* 2 Chronicles 17:16
* Psalms 40:7
* Acts 6:4
* 2 Corinthians 8:5
* Philippians 2:8
* (Self-sacrifice)
* (Obedience)
Of Persons to Special
Religious Work * Exodus 29:9 * Leviticus 8:12 * Numbers 3:3 * Numbers 27:23 * Acts 6:6 * Acts 13:3 * (Anointing) * (Laying on of Hands)
Entire Consecration,
examples of * Caleb and Joshua o Numbers 32:12 * Josiah and his Subjects o 2 Kings 23:3 o 2 Kings 23:25 * Judah under King Asa o 2 Chronicles 15:15 o Psalms 119:69 * Paul the Apostle o Philippians 3:7 o Philippians 3:8 o 1 Thessalonians 5:23