Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Term “Office” in English Bibles

Recently a pastor of the ELS has made the claim:

“If I may ask, please do me a favor — rewrite this for me without using the term “office,” which is not a Scriptural term.”

This is from elsministry post 3726.

I’m not sure which translation he has in hand, but the following is meant as an aid for clarification.

17 result in the text of New American Standard Bible

Genesis 40:13
score: 60
within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office; and you will put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand according to your former custom when you were his cupbearer.
Genesis 40:21
score: 80
He restored the chief cupbearer to his office, and he put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand;
Genesis 41:13
score: 80
And just as he interpreted for us, so it happened; he restored me in my office, but he hanged him.”
Deuteronomy 17:9
score: 70
So you shall come to the Levitical priest or the judge who is in office in those days, and you shall inquire of them and they will declare to you the verdict in the case.
Deuteronomy 19:17
score: 80
then both the men who have the dispute shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who will be in office in those days.
Deuteronomy 26:3
score: 60
You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time and say to him, ‘I declare this day to the LORD my God that I have entered the land which the LORD swore to our fathers to give us.’
Judges 5:14
score: 60
From Ephraim those whose root is in Amalek came down,
Following you, Benjamin, with your peoples;
From Machir commanders came down,
And from Zebulun those who wield the staff of office.
I Chronicles 6:32
score: 70
They ministered with song before the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, until Solomon had built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem; and they served in their office according to their order.
I Chronicles 9:22
score: 70
All these who were chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds were 212. These were enrolled by genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer appointed in their office of trust.
I Chronicles 9:26
score: 80
for the four chief gatekeepers who were Levites, were in an office of trust, and were over the chambers and over the treasuries in the house of God.
I Chronicles 23:28
score: 70
For their office is to assist the sons of Aaron with the service of the house of the LORD, in the courts and in the chambers and in the purifying of all holy things, even the work of the service of the house of God,
Psalms 109:8
score: 100
Let his days be few;
Let another take his office.
Isaiah 22:19
score: 80
“I will depose you from your office,
And I will pull you down from your station.
Luke 1:9
score: 80
according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
Acts 1:20
score: 70
For it is written in the book of Psalms,
Let his homestead be made desolate,
And let no one dwell in it’;
and,
Let another man take his office.
I Timothy 3:1
score: 80
It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.
Hebrews 7:5
score: 60
And those indeed of the sons of Levi who receive the priest’s office have commandment in the Law to collect a tenth from the people, that is, from their brethren, although these are descended from Abraham.

45 result in the text of King James Version (1769)

Genesis 41:13
score: 79
And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.
Exodus 1:16
score: 59
And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.
Exodus 28:1
score: 50
And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons.
Exodus 28:3
score: 59
And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
Exodus 28:4
score: 59
And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
Exodus 28:41
score: 59
And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
Exodus 29:1
score: 59
And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest’s office: Take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish,
Exodus 29:9
score: 59
And thou shalt gird them with girdles, Aaron and his sons, and put the bonnets on them: and the priest’s office shall be theirs for a perpetual statute: and thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons.
Exodus 29:44
score: 79
And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar: I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest’s office.
Exodus 30:30
score: 79
And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
Exodus 31:10
score: 79
And the cloths of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest’s office,
Exodus 35:19
score: 79
The cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest’s office.
Exodus 39:41
score: 79
The cloths of service to do service in the holy place, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and his sons’ garments, to minister in the priest’s office.
Exodus 40:13
score: 69
And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
Exodus 40:15
score: 59
And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.
Leviticus 7:35
score: 59
¶This is the portion of the anointing of Aaron, and of the anointing of his sons, out of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, in the day when he presented them to minister unto the LORD in the priest’s office;
Leviticus 16:32
score: 59
And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest’s office in his father’s stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments:
Numbers 3:3
score: 79
These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests which were anointed, whom he consecrated to minister in the priest’s office.
Numbers 3:4
score: 59
And Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD, when they offered strange fire before the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children: and Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest’s office in the sight of Aaron their father.
Numbers 3:10
score: 79
And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest’s office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
Numbers 4:16
score: 59
And to the office of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest pertaineth the oil for the light, and the sweet incense, and the daily meat offering, and the anointing oil, and the oversight of all the tabernacle, and of all that therein is, in the sanctuary, and in the vessels thereof.
Numbers 18:7
score: 70
Therefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your priest’s office for every thing of the altar, and within the vail; and ye shall serve: I have given your priest’s office unto you as a service of gift: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
Deuteronomy 10:6
score: 59
And the children of Israel took their journey from Beeroth of the children of Jaakan to Mosera: there Aaron died, and there he was buried; and Eleazar his son ministered in the priest’s office in his stead.
I Chronicles 6:10
score: 79
And Johanan begat Azariah, (he it is that executed the priest’s office in the temple that Solomon built in Jerusalem: )
I Chronicles 6:32
score: 69
And they ministered before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of the congregation with singing, until Solomon had built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem: and then they waited on their office according to their order.
I Chronicles 9:22
score: 59
All these which were chosen to be porters in the gates were two hundred and twelve. These were reckoned by their genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their set office.
I Chronicles 9:26
score: 79
For these Levites, the four chief porters, were in their set office, and were over the chambers and treasuries of the house of God.
I Chronicles 9:31
score: 79
And Mattithiah, one of the Levites, who was the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, had the set office over the things that were made in the pans.
I Chronicles 23:28
score: 69
Because their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the LORD, in the courts, and in the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, and the work of the service of the house of God;
I Chronicles 24:2
score: 79
But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children: therefore Eleazar and Ithamar executed the priest’s office.
II Chronicles 11:14
score: 69
For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest’s office unto the LORD:
II Chronicles 24:11
score: 50
Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king’s office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king’s scribe and the high priest’s officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.
II Chronicles 31:15
score: 69
And next him were Eden, and Miniamin, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah, in the cities of the priests, in their set office, to give to their brethren by courses, as well to the great as to the small:
II Chronicles 31:18
score: 79
And to the genealogy of all their little ones, their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, through all the congregation: for in their set office they sanctified themselves in holiness:
Nehemiah 13:13
score: 59
And I made treasurers over the treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful, and their office was to distribute unto their brethren.
Psalms 109:8
score: 100
Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
Ezekiel 44:13
score: 59
And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.
Luke 1:8
score: 79
And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,
Luke 1:9
score: 79
According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
Romans 11:13
score: 79
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
Romans 12:4
score: 79
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
I Timothy 3:1
score: 100
This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
I Timothy 3:10
score: 79
And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
I Timothy 3:13
score: 79
For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 7:5
score: 69
And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

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