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Hallow is from an old Anglo-Saxon word meaning holy; it's used in some versions of The Holy Bible to translate the original Hebrew word of the Old Testament (see also The Older Testament), pronounced ko-desh, meaning a sacred place or thing, and the Greek word of the New Testament, pronounced hag-ee-ad-zo, meaning holy or pure.


Holy Bible At the time of Creation, and forever thereafter as formally declared in The Fourth Commandment, God hallowed the Seventh Day:

"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all His work which He had done in creation." (Genesis 2:1-3 RSV) (see also The Seven Days Of Creation)

The Third Commandment makes hallow the Name of God (see also What Is God's Name?):

"Our Father Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name." (Matthew 6:9 RSV)

"You shall not take the Name of The Lord your God in vain; for The Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His Name in vain." (Exodus 20:7 RSV)

The offerings made unto God were hallowed:

"the holy offering which the people of Israel hallow as their holy gifts" (Exodus 28:38 RSV)

The Tabernacle In The Wilderness, and later the Temple in Jerusalem (see Temples, "My Father's House", and Physical and Spiritual Temples) were hallowed:

"And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the Tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it, and all the vessels thereof: and it shall be holy" (Exodus 40:9 KJV)

The physical Israelites were hallowed after the physical Exodus just as spiritual Israelites (see What Is The Church?, Pentecost and What Is A Saint?) are hallowed when they are brought out of this world:

"Neither shall ye profane My Holy Name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am The Lord which hallow you, That brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am The Lord" (Leviticus 22:32-33 KJV)

Fact Finder: How was "hallow" misused for a popular pagan holiday?
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