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Holman Bible Dictionary
Respect or honor paid to a worthy object. In Scripture, reverence is paid: to father and mother (Leviticus 19:3
; Hebrews 12:9
); to God (1Kings 18:3,1 Kings 18:12
; Hebrews 12:28
); to God's sanctuary (Leviticus 19:30
; Leviticus 26:2
); and to God's commandments (Psalm 119:48
). The failure to revere God (Deuteronomy 32:51
) and the act of revering other gods (Judges 6:10
) have dire consequences. Reverence for Christ is expressed in mutual submission within the Christian community (Ephesians 5:21
). Christian persecution takes on new meaning as suffering becomes an opportunity for revering Christ (1 Peter 3:14-15
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Reverence'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/r/reverence.html. 1991.