|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (n.) Profound respect and esteem mingled with fear and affection, as for a holy being or place; the disposition to revere; veneration.
2. (n.) The act of revering; a token of respect or veneration; an obeisance.
3. (n.) That which deserves or exacts manifestations of reverence; reverend character; dignity; state.
4. (n.) A person entitled to be revered; -- a title applied to priests or other ministers with the pronouns his or your; sometimes poetically to a father.
5. (v. t.) To regard or treat with reverence; to regard with respect and affection mingled with fear; to venerate.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
rev'-er-ens: In the Old Testament, "reverence" occurs as the translation of two Hebrew words, yare' and shachah. The root idea of the former is "fear." It is used to express the attitude toward God Himself, as in Psalm 89:7 the King James Version; or toward His sanctuary, as in Leviticus 19:30; Leviticus 26:2. So the group of ideas there would be "fear," "awe," "reverence." The root idea of the second is "falling down," as prostration of the body. It is used to express the bearing toward another who is considered superior, as in 2 Samuel 9:6 the King James Version; 1 Kings 1:31 the King James Version; Esther 3:2, 5. The group of ideas here, therefore, is "honor," "obeisance," "reverence."
In the New Testament "reverence" occurs as the translation of three Greek words, aidos, phobeomai, and entrepomai. In the first, the idea is "modesty" (Hebrews 12:28; compare 1 Timothy 2:9). In the second, "fear" (Ephesians 5:33 the King James Version), though here it is used to set forth the attitude of proper subjection on the part of a wife toward her husband (compare 1 Peter 3:2, 5). In the third, the idea is that of the "self-valuation of inferiority," and so sets forth an attitude toward another of doing him honor (Matthew 21:37 Mark 12:6 Luke 20:13 Hebrews 12:9).
In the Apocrypha entrepomai occurs in The Wisdom of Solomon 2:10; Sirach 4:22. In addition, proskuneo, "make obeisance," occurs in Judith 10:23; 14:07; thaumazo, "wonder," Sirach 7:29, and aischunomai, "be ashamed," Baruch 4:15.
"Reverend" occurs in the Old Testament in Psalm 111:9, of the name of God (yare'), and in the Apocrypha in 2 Maccabees 15:12, "a man reverend (aidemon, "modest") in bearing," and in the New Testament the Revised Version (British and American) has "reverent in demeanor" (hieroprepes) in Titus 2:3 and "reverend" in Philippians 4:8 margin (semnos).
E. J. Forrester
Reverence (42 Occurrences)
Matthew 21:37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. (KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Mark 12:6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son. (KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Luke 18:4 "For a time he would not, but afterwards he said to himself, "'Though I have neither reverence for God nor respect for man, (WEY)
Luke 20:13 Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him. (KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Acts 10:25 When it happened that Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell down at his feet, and worshiped him. (See NIV)
Acts 17:23 for, passing through and beholding your shrines, I found also an altar on which was inscribed, To the unknown God. Whom therefore ye reverence, not knowing him, him I announce to you. (DBY)
2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (See NIV)
Ephesians 5:21 and submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (WEY RSV NIV)
Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. (KJV WBS YLT)
Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things those who are your masters according to the flesh, not just when they are looking, as men pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God. (See NIV)
1 Timothy 2:2 for kings and all who are in high places; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and reverence. (WEB)
1 Timothy 3:4 one who rules his own house well, having children in subjection with all reverence; (WEB)
Hebrews 11:7 Through faith Noah, being divinely taught about things as yet unseen, reverently gave heed and built an ark for the safety of his family, and by this act he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which depends on faith. (See NAS)
Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? (KJV ASV DBY WBS)
Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, receiving a Kingdom that can't be shaken, let us have grace, through which we serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe, (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Peter 3:2 so full of reverence, and so blameless! (WEY NIV)
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with humility and fear: (See NAS RSV)
Revelation 11:18 The nations were angry, and your wrath came, as did the time for the dead to be judged, and to give your bondservants the prophets, their reward, as well as to the saints, and those who fear your name, to the small and the great; and to destroy those who destroy the earth." (See NIV)
Leviticus 19:3 Ye shall reverence every man his mother, and his father, and my sabbaths shall ye keep: I am Jehovah your God. (DBY NAS)
Leviticus 19:30 "'You shall keep my Sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary; I am Yahweh. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Leviticus 26:2 "'You shall keep my Sabbaths, and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am Yahweh. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Joshua 4:14 On that day hath Jehovah made Joshua great in the eyes of all Israel, and they reverence him, as they reverenced Moses, all days of his life. (YLT)
Joshua 5:14 He said, "No; but I have come now as commander of Yahweh's army." Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and worshipped, and said to him, "What does my lord say to his servant?" (See NIV)
Judges 6:10 and I said to you, 'I am the LORD your God; you shall not pay reverence to the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.' But you have not given heed to my voice." (DBY RSV)
2 Samuel 9:6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! (KJV WBS)
1 Kings 1:31 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king David live for ever. (KJV DBY WBS)
Nehemiah 5:15 But the former governors who were before me were supported by the people, and took bread and wine from them, besides forty shekels of silver; yes, even their servants ruled over the people: but I didn't do so, because of the fear of God. (See NIV)
Esther 3:2 And all the king's servants, that were in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence. (Root in KJV ASV DBY WBS)
Esther 3:5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath. (KJV ASV DBY WBS)
Job 4:6 Is not thy reverence thy confidence? Thy hope -- the perfection of thy ways? (YLT)
Job 15:4 Yea, thou dost make reverence void, And dost diminish meditation before God. (YLT NAS)
Job 22:4 Because of thy reverence Doth He reason 'with' thee? He entereth with thee into judgment: (YLT NAS)
Psalms 2:11 Serve Yahweh with fear, and rejoice with trembling. (See NAS)
Psalms 5:7 But as for me, in the abundance of your loving kindness I will come into your house. I will bow toward your holy temple in reverence of you. (WEB NAS NIV)
Psalms 45:11 So will the king desire thy beauty; For he is thy lord; and reverence thou him. (ASV)
Psalms 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. (KJV WBS)
Psalms 119:38 Fulfill your promise to your servant, that you may be feared. (See NAS)
Isaiah 29:13 And the Lord said, because this people come near to me with their mouths, and give honour to me with their lips, but their heart is far from me, and their fear of me is false, a rule given them by the teaching of men; (See NAS)
Jeremiah 44:10 They are not humbled even to this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers. (See NIV)
Daniel 6:26 I make a decree, that in all the dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel; for he is the living God, and steadfast forever, His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed; and his dominion shall be even to the end. (See NIV)
Haggai 1:12 Then Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua, the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of Yahweh, their God, and the words of Haggai, the prophet, as Yahweh, their God, had sent him; and the people feared Yahweh. (See NAS)
Malachi 2:5 "My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him who he might be reverent toward me; and he was reverent toward me, and stood in awe of my name. (See NAS NIV)