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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 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Reverence'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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