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The place where someone lives. Its extended use includes a household and dynasty and its figurative use includes the house of God and heaven.

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The construction of houses


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Building materials

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Rooms and decoration

; ; ; Solomon’s palace; Elijah stays with the widow at Zarephath; ; ; Elisha’s room at the Shunammite’s house; ; ; ; ; ;


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Regulations regarding houses

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Various uses for houses

House arrest

Jeremiah 37:15 The Message
The police were furious with Jeremiah. They beat him up and threw him into jail in the house of Jonathan the secretary of state. (They were using the house for a prison cell.)
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Church gatherings

Colossians 4:15 The Message
Say hello to our friends in Laodicea; also to Nympha and the church that meets in her house.
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Parables and proverbs about houses

Proverbs 21:20 The Message
Valuables are safe in a wise person’s home; fools put it all out for yard sales.
See also the house of wisdom; the house of folly; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; plundering the strong man’s house; the return of evil spirits to an unoccupied house; ;

The house of God

God’s heavenly dwelling

Isaiah 66:1–2 The Message
God’s Message: “Heaven’s my throne, earth is my footstool. What sort of house could you build for me? What holiday spot reserve for me? I made all this! I own all this!” God’s Decree. “But there is something I’m looking for: a person simple and plain, reverently responsive to what I say.
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The earthly tabernacle and temple

Exodus 25:8 The Message
Let them construct a Sanctuary for me so that I can live among them.
See also ; the Tent of Meeting; ; ; David’s desire to build a permanent house for God to dwell in; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

The household

Household affairs

2 Samuel 17:23 The Message
When Ahithophel realized that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and left for his hometown. After making out his will and putting his house in order, he hanged himself and died. He was buried in the family tomb.
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Examples of how God relates to households

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The church as God’s household

Ephesians 2:19–22 The Message
That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.
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House in the sense of a dynasty

“house” is used here in the sense of “royal house” or “dynasty”.
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The house of Eli:


The house of Saul:

2 Samuel 3:28–29 The Message
Later on, when David heard what happened, he said, “Before God I and my kingdom are totally innocent of this murder of Abner son of Ner. Joab and his entire family will always be under the curse of this bloodguilt. May they forever be victims of crippling diseases, violence, and famine.”

The house of David:

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