T. Pierce Brown
Ps 111:9, “He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.”(KJV) The Hebrew word, “yare-from yare’ (yaw-ray’) according to Strong comes from a primitive root; to fear; morally, to revere; cause to frighten: and is translated in the King James version by the following words: affright, be (make) afraid, dread (-ful), (put in) fear (-ful, -fully, -ing), (be had in) reverence (-end), terrible (act, -ness, thing). The word translated “holy” is from the Hebrew qadowsh (kaw-doshe’)or qadosh (kaw-doshe’), and according to Strong means: sacred (ceremonially or morally); (as noun) God (by eminence), an angel, a saint, a sanctuary and is translated in the KJV– holy (One), saint.
Ps 111:9, “He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name.”(NAS)
Ps 111:9, “He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant for ever. Holy and terrible is his name!”(RSV)
Ps 111:9, “tWdP= jl^v* oMu^l= <l*oul=ÁhW`x! otyr]B= vodq* ar*onw+ .omv=” Hebrew
In the Septuagint, “agion kai foberon to onoma autou.” “holy and fearful the name of him.” The word “phoberon-foberon” is the same root word that is used in Ephesians5:23, “—the wife see that she reverence her husband.”
1 Pet1:16says, “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” The word “holy-agioi” is the same root word as in Psalm 111:9.
Some questions: 1. Since the name of God is holy (Psalm 111:9), and we are supposed to be holy as He is holy, is it unscriptural for us to be called saints (agiois) 1 Cor. 1:2? 2. Since the name of God is awesome, fearful, terrible, reverend, is it unscriptural for a woman to reverence her husband, or to refer to anything else as awesome or fearful? 3. It is improper to use titles such as “Rabbi, Master, Teacher” or any other to exalt one man above another, but is God the only One to be called “holy” or held in reverence?
I do not know whether you understood the little sheet I sent (gave) you yesterday, but it has to do with the idea that “Reverend” is used only about God. The truth is that the word is used about many things, and that verse in Psalms 119 does not relate to calling men by various religious titles. Jesus took care of this when he said such things as “Call no man Father” and of course he was not talking about calling our earthly father by that name, but was talking about using special religious titles. The same is true when he said, “Be not called ‘teacher’ (master) for one is your master.” To call me “Brother Brown” but the rest of the flock “Mister” is in the same category. It is O.K. to call me “brother” but not as a religious title that is used for “The Minister.”