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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words


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1: οἰκητήριον
(Strong's #3613 — Noun Neuter — oiketerion — oy-kay-tay'-ree-on )

"a habitation" (from oiketer, "an inhabitant," and oikos, "a dwelling"), is used in Jude 1:6 , of the heavenly region appointed by God as the dwelling place of angeles; in 2 Corinthians 5:2 , RV, "habitation," AV, "house," figuratively of the spiritual bodies of believers when raised or changed at the return of the Lord. See HOUSE.

2: κατοικητήριον
(Strong's #2732 — Noun Neuter — katoiketerion — kat-oy-kay-tay'-ree-on )

(kata, "down," used intensively, and No. 1), implying more permanency than No. 1, is used in Ephesians 2:22 of the church as the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit; in Revelation 18:2 of Babylon, figuratively, as the dwelling place of demons.

3: κατοικία
(Strong's #2733 — Noun Feminine — katoikia — kat-oy-kee'-ah )

"a settlement, colony, dwelling" (kata, and oikos, see above), is used in Acts 17:26 , of the localities Divinely appointed as the dwelling places of the nations.

4: ἔπαυλις
(Strong's #1886 — Noun Feminine — epaulis — ep'-ow-lis )

"a farm, a dwelling" (epi, "upon," aulis, "a place in which to pass the night, a country house, cottage or cabin, a fold"), is used in Acts 1:20 of the habitation of Judas.

5: σκηνή
(Strong's #4633 — Noun Feminine — skene — skay-nay' )

akin to skenoo, "to dwell in a tent or tabernacle," is rendered "habitations" in Luke 16:9 , AV (RV, "tabernacles"), of the eternal dwelling places of the redeemed. See TABERNACLE.

6: σκήνωμα
(Strong's #4638 — Noun Neuter — skenoma — skay'-no-mah )

"a booth," or "tent pitched" (akin to No. 5), is used of the Temple as God's dwelling, as that which David desired to build, Acts 7:46 (RV, "habitation," AV, "tabernacle"); metaphorically of the body as a temporary tabernacle, 2 Peter 1:13,14 . See TABERNACLE.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Habitation'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. 1940.

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