Greek Definition:

  1. The word for edify or edified is oikodomeo meaning to build a house; construct; build up; strengthen; promote spiritual growth; encourage spiritual progress by teaching and example.
  2. The word for edification or edifying oikodome means building up.

Scriptural References:

1.              Acts 9:31 “Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea, Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost.”

2.              Romans 14:19 “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”

3.              Romans 15:1-2 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Let everyone of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.”

4.              I Corinthians 8:1 “Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth.”

5.              I Corinthians 10:23 “All things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.”

6.              I Corinthians 14:3 “He that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, exhortation and comfort.”

7.              I Corinthians 14:4-5 “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.  I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.”

8.              I Corinthians 14:12 “Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.”

9.              I Corinthians 14:17, 26 “For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.  When ye come together, every one of you hath a Psalm, doctrine, tongue, revelation and interpretation.  Let all things be done unto edifying.”

10.          II Corinthians 10:8 “The Lord hath given us for edification and not for your destruction.”

11.          II Corinthians 12:19 “We do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.”

12.          II Corinthians 13:10 “I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.”

13.          Ephesians 4:12 “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

14.          Ephesians 4:16 “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

15.          Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

16.          I Timothy 1:4 “Give heed to godly edifying which is in faith.”

17.          I Thessalonians 5:11 “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edifying one another, even as also ye do.”


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