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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Build, Builder, Building

A — 1: οἰκοδομέω

(Strong's #3618 — Verb — oikodomeo — oy-kod-om-eh'-o )

lit., "to build a house" (oikos, "a house," domeo, "to build"), hence, to build anything, e.g., Matthew 7:24; Luke 4:29; 6:48 , RV, "well builded" (last clause of verse); John 2:20; is frequently used figuratively, e.g., Acts 20:32 (some mss. have No. 3 here); Galatians 2:18; especially of edifying, Acts 9:31; Romans 15:20; 1 Corinthians 10:23; 14:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (RV). In 1 Corinthians 8:10 it is translated "emboldened" (marg., "builded up"). The participle with the article (equivalent to a noun) is rendered "builder," Matthew 21:42; Acts 4:11; 1 Peter 2:7 . See EDIFY , EMBOLDEN.

A — 2: ἀνοικοδομέω

(Strong's #456 — Verb — anoikodomeo — an-oy-kod-om-eh'-o )

signifies "to build again" (ana, "again"), Acts 15:16 .

A — 3: ἐποικοδομέω

(Strong's #2026 — Verb — epoikodomeo — ep-oy-kod-om-eh'-o )

signifies "to build upon" (epi, "upon"), 1 Corinthians 3:10,12,14; Ephesians 2:20; Jude 1:20; or up, Acts 20:32; Colossians 2:7 .

A — 4: συνοικοδομέω

(Strong's #4925 — Verb — sunoikodomeo — soon-oy-kod-om-eh'-o )

"to build together" (sun, "with"), is used in Ephesians 2:22 , metaphorically, of the church, as a spiritual dwelling-place for God.

A — 5: κατασκευάζω

(Strong's #2680 — Verb — kataskeuazo — kat-ask-yoo-ad'-zo )

"to prepare, establish, furnish," is rendered "builded" and "built" in Hebrews 3:3,4 . See MAKE , ORDAIN , PREPARE.

B — 1: οἰκοδομή

(Strong's #3619 — Noun Feminine — oikodome — oy-kod-om-ay' )

"a building, or edification" (see A, No. 1), is used (a) literally, e.g., Matthew 24:1; Mark 13:1,2; (b) figuratively, e.g., Romans 14:19 (lit., "the things of building up"); 15:2; of a local church as a spiritual building, 1 Corinthians 3:9 , or the whole church, the body of Christ, Ephesians 2:21 . It expresses the strengthening effect of teaching, 1 Corinthians 14:3,5,12,26; 2 Corinthians 10:8; 12:19; 13:10 , or other ministry, Ephesians 4:12,16,29 (the idea conveyed is progress resulting from patient effort). It is also used of the believer's resurrection body, 2 Corinthians 5:1 . See EDIFICATION , EDIFY.

B — 2: ἐνδόμησις

(Strong's #1739 — Noun Feminine — endomesis — en-dom'-ay-sis )

"a thing built, structure" (en, "in," domao, "to build"), is used of the wall of the heavenly city, Revelation 21:18 (some suggest that the word means "a fabric;" others, "a roofing or coping;" these interpretations are questionable; the probable significance is "a building").

B — 3: κτίσις

(Strong's #2937 — Noun Feminine — ktisis — ktis'-is )

"a creation," is so translated in the RV of Hebrews 9:11 (AV "building,") See CREATION , B, No. 1, CREATURE, ORDINANCE.

B — 4: τεχνίτης

(Strong's #5079 — Noun Masculine — technites — tekh-nee'-tace )

"an artificer, one who does a thing by rules of art," is rendered "builder" in Hebrews 11:10 , marg., "architect," which gives the necessary contrast between this and the next noun in the verse. See CRAFTSMAN , No. 2.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Build, Builder, Building'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/b/build-builder-building.html. 1940.

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