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first used of the tabernacle, which is called "the temple of the Lord" (1Sam 1:9). In the New Testament the word is used figuratively of Christ's human body (Jn 2:19, 21). Believers are called "the temple of God" (1Cor 3:16, 17). The Church is designated "an holy temple in the Lord" (Eph 2:21). Heaven is also called a temple (Rev 7:5). We read also of the heathen "temple of the great goddess Diana" (Acts 19:27).

This word is generally used in Scripture of the sacred house erected on the summit of Mount Moriah for the worship of God. It is called "the temple" (1 Kg 6:17); "the temple [R.V., 'house'] of the Lord" (2Kg 11:10); "thy holy temple" (Ps 79:1); "the house of the Lord" (2Chr 23:5, 12); "the house of the God of Jacob" (Isa 2:3); "the house of my glory" (60:7); an "house of prayer" (56:7; Mt 21:13); "an house of sacrifice" (2Chr 7:12); "the house of their sanctuary" (2Chr 36:17); "the mountain of the Lord's house" (Isa 2:2); "our holy and our beautiful house" (64:11); "the holy mount" (27:13); "the palace for the Lord God" (1Chr 29:1); "the tabernacle of witness" (2Chr 24:6); "Zion" (Ps 74:2; 84:7). Christ calls it "my Father's house" (Jn 2:16).

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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