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  1. This word is first used of the tabernacle, which is called “the temple of the Lord” (1 Sam. 1:9).

    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 Kings 6:17); “the temple [Revised Version, ‘house’] of the Lord” (2 Kings 11:10); “thy holy temple” (Ps. 79:1); “the house of the Lord” (2 Chr. 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; Matt. 21:13); “an house of sacrifice” (2 Chr. 7:12); “the house of their sanctuary” (2 Chr. 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” (1 Chr. 29:1); “the tabernacle of witness” (2 Chr. 24:6); “Zion” (Ps. 74:2; 84:7). Christ calls it “my Father's house” (John 2:16).

  2. See: Solomon's Temple, the second temple, Herod's Temple

  3. In the New Testament, the word is used figuratively of Christ's human body (John 2:19, 21).

  4. Believers are called “the temple of God” (1 Cor. 3:16,17).

  5. The Church is designated “an holy temple in the Lord” (Eph. 2:21).

  6. Heaven is, also, called a temple (Rev. 7:5).

  7. We read also of the heathen “temple of the great goddess Diana” (Acts 19:27).