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Worship and Adoration: Noun? Verb? Both? Something else?

A noun is a word used to name a person, animal, place, thing, and/or an abstract idea…

A verb or compound verb asserts something about the subject (of the sentence) and expresses actions, events, and/or states of being

(Univ of Ottawa writing center, 2016).

Worship and Adoration… For the Biblical usage, Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words tells us that there are different New Testament usages.

The VERB: in the Greek…

^proskuneo (most frequent, “to kiss toward”)            Strongs g4352

^sebomai (to revere in awe and devotion)                  Strongs g4576

^sebazomai (to honor deeply and religiously)            Strongs g4573

^latreuo (to serve in homage)                                         Strongs g3000

^eusebeo (act piously towards)                                      Strongs g2151

^therapeuo, (to serve, do service to)                              Strongs g4574

The NOUN: in the Greek…

^sebasma (an object of worship)                                                Strongs g4574

^ ethelothreskeia[-ia] (something one can perform)               Strongs g1479

^ threskeia (form of religious worship)                                     Strongs g2356

The scholars of Vine’s note that the New Testament does not give a ‘definition’ of worship or adoration. Rather, it is seen in the life and actions of the Scriptures.

I wonder IF there is a ‘something else’ element to God-worship and God-adoration… some living dynamic, something more than an action, attitude or thing… more on that along this Journey…


“I’m comin’ back to the heart of worship… I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it, when it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus…” (song Heart of Worship by Matt Redman, CCLI # 2296522)

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