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Bible Usage:


  • Included in Eastons: No
  • Included in Hitchcocks: No
  • Included in Naves: No
  • Included in Smiths: No
  • Included in Websters: Yes
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: No
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:


Webster's 1828 Dictionary


BILD, verb transitive bild; preterit tense built; participle passive built, pronounced bilt. The regular preterit tense and participle passive builded, is sometimes used.

1. To frame, construct, and raise, as an edifice or fabric of almost any kind, as a house, barn, shop, ship or vessel, a wall, or other structure of art; to unite materials into a regular structure for use or convenience.

2. To raise by art; to frame or shape into a particular form; as, to build up a head dress in a cone.

3. To raise any thing on a support or foundation; as, to build our hopes on air.

4. In scripture, to increase and strengthen; to cement and knit together; to settle or establish and preserve. Acts 20:32. Ephesians 2:22. i Sam. 2.35.

BUILD, verb intransitive bild. To exercise the art, or practice the business of building.

To build to plant, whatever you intend.

1. To construct, rest or depend on as a foundation; as, to build on the opinions of others.

Naves Topical Index

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BUILD'ER, noun bild'er. One who builds; one whose occupation is to build; an architect, a ship-wright, a mason, etc.

1. A creator.

Whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:10.

Easton's Bible Dictionary

Among the Jews was suited to the climate and conditions of the country. They probably adopted the kind of architecture for their dwellings which they found already existing when they entered Canaan (Deuteronomy 6:10; Numbers 13:19). Phoenician artists (2 Samuel 5:11; 1 Kings 5:6, 18) assisted at the erection of the royal palace and the temple at Jerusalem. Foreigners also assisted at the restoration of the temple after the Exile (Ezra 3:7).

In Genesis 11:3, 9, we have the first recorded instance of the erection of buildings. The cities of the plain of Shinar were founded by the descendants of Shem (10:11, 12, 22).

The Israelites were by occupation shepherds and dwellers in tents (Genesis 47:3); but from the time of their entering Canaan they became dwellers in towns, and in houses built of the native limestone of Palestine. Much building was carried on in Solomon's time. Besides the buildings he completed at Jerusalem, he also built Baalath and Tadmor (1 Kings 9:15, 24). Many of the kings of Israel and Judah were engaged in erecting various buildings.

Herod and his sons and successors restored the temple, and built fortifications and other structures of great magnificence in Jerusalem (Luke 21:5).

The instruments used in building are mentioned as the plumb-line (Amos 7:7), the measuring-reed (Ezekiel 40:3), and the saw (1 Kings 7:9).

Believers are "God's building" (1 Corinthians 3:9); and heaven is called "a building of God" (2 Corinthians 5:1). Christ is the only foundation of his church (1 Corinthians 3:10-12), of which he also is the builder (Matthew 16:18).

Naves Topical Index

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BUILD'ING, participle present tense bild'ing. Framing and erecting; resting on.

BUILD'ING, noun bild'ing. A fabric or edifice constructed for use or convenience, as a house, a church, a shop, etc.