Bible Terms

Bible Term: Consecrate

To consecrate is to set apart, to declare as sacred or holy, or to dedicate to God for service.

In the Old Testament of the Bible, items used for the worship of God or in service to him, were consecrated for that purpose.

The main context for consecrate is for people to set someone or something apart for God or for religious service. This includes consecrating priests, God’s people, clothes, offerings, bread, animals, the temple, and temple furnishings.

Consecrate is a synonym for sanctify.

Key verse about Consecrate: Even the priests, who approach the Lord, must consecrate themselves, or the Lord will break out against them” (Exodus 19:22, NIV).

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