Office - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ A-1,Noun,G4234, praxis ]
a doing, deed" (akin to prasso, "to do or practice"), also denotes "an acting" or "function," translated "office" in Romans 12:4. See DEED.

[ A-2,Noun,G2405, hierateia ]
or hieratia, denotes "a priest's office," Luke 1:9; Hebrews 7:5, RV, "priest's office" (AV "office of the priesthood").

[ B-1,Verb,G2407, hierateuo ]
"to officiate as a priest" (akin to A, No. 2), is translated "he executed the priest's office" in Luke 1:8. The word is frequent in inscriptions.

(I) In Romans 11:13, AV, diakonia, "a ministry," is translated "office" (RV, "ministry").

(2) In Acts 1:20, RV, episkope, "an overseership," is translated "office" (marg., "overseership;" AV, "bishopric").

(3) In 1 Timothy 3:1, the word "office," in the phrase "the office of a bishop," has nothing to represent it in the original; the RV marg. gives "overseer" for "bishop," and the phrase lit. is "overseership;" so in 1 Timothy 3:10, 1 Timothy 3:13, where the AV has "use (and 'used') the office of a deacon," the RV rightly omits "office," and translates the verb diakoneo, "to serve," "let them serve as deacons" and "(they that) have served (well) as deacons."

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words