Quick Facts

  • Pronunciation: ī-dō’s
  • Strongs Concordance: #G127
    • a sense of shame or honour, modesty, bashfulness, reverence, regard for others, respect
  • Appears 2 times in 2 verses in the New Testament
  • Common translations
    • shamefacedness” (1x)
    • reverence” (1x)

Where and how aidōs is used in the New Testament

1 Timothy 2:9 KJV – “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;”

Hebrews 12:28 KJV – “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:”

My observations and perspective

Here we can see two cases of people be instructed to show reverence. The first, women – and by context, to show God reverence through a modesty that would not be identified or viewed as godless. The second is the audience of Hebrews (and by proxy – all believers) who are exhorted to walk circumspectly as well. No instance here of a leader being shown reverence, or any instruction to that affect.