|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
The devoting or setting apart of anything to the worship or service of God. The race of Abraham and the tribe of Levi were thus consecrated (Exodus 13:2, 12, 15; Numbers 3:12). The Hebrews devoted their fields and cattle, and sometimes the spoils of war, to the Lord (Leviticus 27:28, 29). According to the Mosaic law the first-born both of man and beast were consecrated to God.
In the New Testament, Christians are regarded as consecrated to the Lord (1 Peter 2:9).
Noah Webster's Dictionary
(n.) The act or ceremony of consecrating; the state of being consecrated; dedication.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
1. In the Old Testament:
In the Old Testament for several Hebrew words of different meanings:
(1) charam: "I will consecrate (the Revised Version (British and American) "devote") their gain unto the Lord," i.e. the spoil of the nations shall be dedicated to the service of Yahweh (Micah 4:13).
See BAN; CURSE.
(2) nazar, nezer (Numbers 6:7, 9, 12; the Revised Version (British and American) "separate").
(3) qadhesh: "to be set apart," or "to be holy": of Aaron and his sons (Exodus 28:3; Exodus 30:30; the Revised Version (British and American) "sanctify"). The silver and gold and brass and iron of the banned city of Jericho are "consecrated" things (the Revised Version (British and American) "holy") unto the Lord (Joshua 6:19); of the priests (2 Chronicles 26:18); of sacrifices (2 Chronicles 29:33; 2 Chronicles 31:6 Ezra 3:5).
(4) mille' yadh, literally, "to fill the hand"; and substantive plural millu'im, a peculiar idiom used frequently and generally for the installation of a priest into his office; and substantive for the installation offerings which were probably put into the priest's hands to symbolize his admission into office; hence, the phrase, "and thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons" (Exodus 29:9; Exodus 28:41; Exodus 29:29:33, 15; 32:29:00; Leviticus 8:33; Leviticus 16:32; Leviticus 21:10 Numbers 3:3 Judges 17:5, 12 2 Chronicles 29:31); of Jeroboam's non-Levitical priesthood (1 Kings 13:33 2 Chronicles 13:9); of the altar (Ezekiel 43:26) and of those who contributed to build the temple (1 Chronicles 29:5). Subst. of an act of installation (Leviticus 7:37; Leviticus 8:33), and of installation offerings (Exodus 29:22, 26, 27, 31 Leviticus 8:22, 28, 29, 31).
2. In the New Testament:
In the New Testament teleioo, "to make perfect" (Hebrews 7:28; the Revised Version (British and American) "perfected"); egkainizo, "to make new" (Hebrews 10:20; the Revised Version (British and American) "dedicated").
Consecration (22 Occurrences)
Exodus 28:3 And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office. (See NIV)
Exodus 29:22 Also you shall take some of the ram's fat, the fat tail, the fat that covers the innards, the cover of the liver, the two kidneys, the fat that is on them, and the right thigh (for it is a ram of consecration), (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Exodus 29:26 "You shall take the breast of Aaron's ram of consecration, and wave it for a wave offering before Yahweh: and it shall be your portion. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Exodus 29:27 You shall sanctify the breast of the wave offering, and the thigh of the wave offering, which is waved, and which is heaved up, of the ram of consecration, even of that which is for Aaron, and of that which is for his sons: (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Exodus 29:31 "You shall take the ram of consecration, and boil its flesh in a holy place. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Exodus 29:33 And they shall eat those things wherewith atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them; but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy. (See NAS NIV)
Exodus 29:34 If anything of the flesh of the consecration, or of the bread, remains to the morning, then you shall burn the remainder with fire: it shall not be eaten, because it is holy. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Leviticus 7:37 This is the law of the burnt offering, of the meal offering, and of the sin offering, and of the trespass offering, and of the consecration, and of the sacrifice of peace offerings; (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Leviticus 8:22 He presented the other ram, the ram of consecration: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Leviticus 8:28 Moses took them from their hands, and burned them on the altar on the burnt offering. They were a consecration for a pleasant aroma. It was an offering made by fire to Yahweh. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Leviticus 8:29 Moses took the breast, and waved it for a wave offering before Yahweh. It was Moses' portion of the ram of consecration, as Yahweh commanded Moses. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Leviticus 8:31 Moses said to Aaron and to his sons, "Boil the flesh at the door of the Tent of Meeting, and there eat it and the bread that is in the basket of consecration, as I commanded, saying,'Aaron and his sons shall eat it.' (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Leviticus 8:33 You shall not go out from the door of the Tent of Meeting seven days, until the days of your consecration are fulfilled: for he shall consecrate you seven days. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Leviticus 21:12 neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am Jehovah. (DBY JPS NAS RSV)
Numbers 6:7 He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head. (KJV JPS DBY WBS)
Numbers 6:9 And if any man die very suddenly by him, and he hath defiled the head of his consecration; then he shall shave his head in the day of his cleansing, on the seventh day shall he shave it. (KJV DBY WBS)
Numbers 6:12 And he shall again consecrate to Jehovah the days of his separation, and shall bring a yearling lamb for a trespass-offering. But the first days are forfeited, for his consecration hath been defiled. (DBY JPS)
Numbers 6:13 And this is the law of the Nazarite on the day when the days of his consecration are fulfilled: he shall be brought to the entrance of the tent of meeting. (DBY JPS)
Numbers 6:18 And the Nazarite shall shave the head of his consecration at the entrance to the tent of meeting, and shall take the hair of the head of his consecration, and put it on the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace-offering. (DBY)
Numbers 6:19 And the priest shall take the boiled shoulder of the ram, and one unleavened cake out of the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them upon the hands of the Nazarite, after he hath shaven the hair of his consecration. (DBY RSV)
Numbers 6:21 This is the law of the Nazarite who hath vowed: his offering to Jehovah for his consecration, beside what his hand is able to get; according to the vow which he vowed, so shall he do, according to the law of his consecration. (DBY)
2 Chronicles 29:17 Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month came they to the porch of Yahweh; and they sanctified the house of Yahweh in eight days: and on the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end. (See NAS NIV)