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of'-is: In the Old Testament the word is often used in periphrastic renderings, e.g. "minister .... in the priest's office," literally, act as priest (Ex 28:1, etc.); "do the office of a midwife," literally, cause or help to give birth (Ex 1:16). But the word is also used as a rendering of different Hebrew words, e.g. ken, "pedestal," "place" (Gen 40:13, the King James Version "place"; Gen 41:13); `abhodhah, "labor," "work" (1 Ch 6:32); pequddah, "oversight," "charge" (Ps 109:8); ma`amadh, literally, "standing," e.g. waiting at table (1 Ch 23:28); mishmar, "charge," observance or service of the temple (Neh 13:14 the King James Version).
Similarly in the New Testament the word is used in periphrastic renderings, e.g. priest's office (Lk 1:8,9); office of a deacon (diakonia, 1 Tim 3:10); office of a bishop (episkope, 1 Tim 3:1). the Revised Version (British and American) uses other renderings, e.g. "ministry" (Rom 11:13); "serve as deacons" (1 Tim 3:10). In Acts 1:20, the Revised Version (British and American) has "office" (margin "overseership") for the King James Version "bishoprick."
T. Lewis
Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'office'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". - ISBE; 1915.

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