Qoph is the nineteenth letter in the Hebrew alphabet. Qoph (also written as “Kuf”, “Qof”, “Koof”) has the same sound as “k” as in “kite” or “qu” as in “queen”. Every line in Psalm 119:145-152 starts with this letter. Qoph looks like this:
The letter Qoph stands for the word holy, which means
“set apart for a sacred purpose”.
“God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy (Qadash).” Gen. 2:3
“Within the Temple, at one end, was the most sacred room—
the Holy of Holies” (Qodesh Ha-Qadashim). 2 Chron. 3:8
“Holy, holy, holy (Qadosh, Qadosh, Qadosh) is the Lord of Hosts.” Isa. 6:3
Qadash. Qodesh. Qadosh.
Holy. Holy. Holy.
In the Old Testament,
the tabernacle was Qodesh,
the altar was Qodesh,
the plates were Qodesh,
the utensils were Qodesh,
the furniture was Qodesh,
the anointing oil was Qodesh,
the incense was Qodesh.
Then Jesus came.
A Qodesh Person.
“We have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:69
Then, somehow, His people were made Qodesh.
“We have been made holy through the sacrifice
of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Heb. 10:10
Then the church was born.
“You are a chosen people,
a royal priesthood,
a holy nation….”
1 Peter 2:9
And now we have the voice (Qol) of God in the
Thankfully, Qoph reminds us that holiness
is not something we must muster up within ourselves.
“Holiness is not the way to Christ,
Christ is the way to holiness.”
C. H. Spurgeon