Musings on….Saints


Well,  here is another post I have been working on, it probably needs more work, but IF you are so inclined..just read it.

I am by no means, a scholar, of anything, just someone with time on her hands and love of learning new things.


Saintsin Michelangelo’s Last Judgment

Have you ever heard anyone say…

“Oh, he must be a saint to live with the likes of her”

“You are such a saint, thank you for bringing me coffee, dear”

“If they were inducting into sainthood, you’d be on the list”

“Well aren’t you just the saint?” in reference to my Christianity, sarcastically.

“Christian = saint”

Onward to the post;

saint /se?nt/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[seynt] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun 1. any of certain persons of exceptional holiness of life, formally recognized as such by the Christian Church, esp. by canonization.
2. a person of great holiness, virtue, or benevolence.
3. a founder, sponsor, or patron, as of a movement or organization.
4. (in certain religious groups) a designation applied by the members to themselves.
–verb (used with object) 5. to enroll formally among the saints recognized by the Church.
6. to give the name of saint to; reckon as a saint.


Saint in Hebrew

Strong’s Number: 6918 #wdq
Original Word Word Origin
#wdq from (06942)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Qadowsh kaw-doshe’
Parts of Speech TWOT
Adjective 1990b
sacred, holy, Holy One, saint, set apart

Translated Words
KJV (116) – Holy One, 39; holy, 65; saint, 12;
NAS (115) – Holy, 8; Holy One, 44; consecrated, 1; holy, 50; holy one, 3; holy ones, 6; one is holy, 1; saints, 2;


Strong’s Number: 6922 #yddq
Original Word Word Origin
#yddq corresponding to (06918)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Qaddiysh (Aramaic) kad-deesh’
Parts of Speech TWOT
Adjective 2967
holy, separate
angels, saints

Translated Words
KJV (13) – holy, 4; holy one, 3; saint, 6;
NAS (13) – holy, 4; holy one, 2; holy ones, 1; saints, 6;

Strong’s Number: 2623 dysx
Original Word Word Origin
dysx from (02616)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Chaciyd khaw-seed’
Parts of Speech TWOT
Adjective 698b
faithful, kind, godly, holy one, saint, pious
pious, godly
faithful ones (subst)

Translated Words
KJV (32) – Holy One, 1; godly, 2; godly man, 1; good, 1; holy, 3; holy one, 1; merciful, 3; saints, 19; ungodly + (03808), 1;
NAS (33) – Holy One, 1; godly, 2; godly man, 3; godly ones, 20; godly person, 1; gracious, 1; kind, 3; love, 1; ungodly, 1;

IN Greek

Strong’s Number: 40 aègiov
Original Word Word Origin
aègiov from hagos (an awful thing) [cf (53), (2282)]
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Hagios hag’-ee-os
Parts of Speech TDNT
Adjective 1:88,14
most holy thing, a saint

Translated Words
KJV (229) – Holy One, 4; holy, 161; misc, 3; saints, 61;
NAS (232) – Holy, 92; Holy of Holies, 1; holy, 62; holy one, 5; holy ones, 1; holy place, 7; most holy, 1; saint, 1; saints, 59; saints’, 1; sanctuary, 2;

Eastons Bible Dictionary/Saint

One separated from the world and consecrated to God; one holy by profession and by covenant; a believer in Christ (Psalms 16:3; Romans 1:7; 8:27; Phil 1:1; Hebrews 6:10).

The “saints” spoken of in Jude 1:14 are probably not the disciples of Christ, but the “innumerable company of angels” (Hebrews 12:22; Psalms 68:17), with reference to Deuteronomy 33:2.

This word is also used of the holy dead (Matthew 27:52; Revelation 18:24). It was not used as a distinctive title of the apostles and evangelists and of a “spiritual nobility” till the fourth century. In that sense it is not a scriptural title.


The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia


In the King James Version 3 words are thus rendered:

(1) qadhosh (in Da the same root occurs several times in its Aramaic form, qaddish);

(2) chacidh, and

(3) hagioi.

Of these words (2) has in general the meaning of righteousness or goodness, while (1) and (3) have the meaning of consecration and divine claim and ownership. They are not primarily words of character, like chacidh, but express a relation to God as being set apart for His own. Wherever qadhosh refers to angels, the rendering “holy one” or “holy ones” has been substituted in the Revised Version (British and American) for the King James Version “saint” or “saints,” which is the case also in Psalms 106:16 margin (compare 34:9), and in 1 Samuel 2:9, as the translation of chacidh.

While hagioi occurs more frequently in the New Testament than does qadhosh in the Old Testament, yet both are applied with practical uniformity to the company of God’s people rather than to any individual. Perhaps the rendering “saints” cannot be improved, but it is necessary for the ordinary reader constantly to guard against the idea that New Testament saintship was in any way a result of personal character, and consequently that it implied approval of moral attainment already made.

Such a rendering as “consecrate ones,” for example, would bring out more clearly the relation to God which is involved, but, besides the fact that it is not a happy translation, it might lead to other errors, for it is not easy to remember that consecration–the setting apart of the individual as one of the company whom God has in a peculiar way as His own–springs not from man, but from God Himself, and that consequently it is in no way something optional, and admits of no degrees of progress, but, on the contrary, is from the beginning absolute duty.

It should also be noted that while, as has been said, to be a saint is not directly and primarily to be good but to be set apart by God as His own, yet the godly and holy character ought inevitably and immediately to result. When God consecrates and claims moral beings for Himself and His service, He demands that they should go on to be fit for and worthy of the relation in which He has placed them, and so we read of certain actions as performed “worthily of the saints” (Romans 16:2) and as such “as becometh saints” (Ephesians 5:3).

The thought of the holy character of the “saints,” which is now so common as almost completely to obscure the real thought of the New Testament writers, already lay in their thinking very close to their conception of saintship as consecration by God to be His own.

Torrey’s Topical Textbook

Character of Saints


Happiness of saints in this life


Titles and names of saints

Saints, compared to

So, what is my point in this post?

When I started this post I was going to find out if the word saint has changed from bible times to now.

I was going to say the definition had nothing to do with the way people use it now.

But, I was wrong, I can not believe all the stuff there is to learn about saints, I wish I had more time to savor it all.

But I give you the links to the verses and you can soak up Gods word about His saints, if you have the inclination to do so and the time.

Blessings, Kristina

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