Household (usually same in the orig. as "house"), the members of a family residing in the same abode, including servants and dependants, although in Job 1; Job 3 a distinction (not observed in the A.V.) is intimated by the term בֲֻדָּה, abuddah,' lit. service ("servants," Ge 26:24), between the domestics and the בִּיַת, bay'ith, or proper family of the master of the house; and some have thought a like difference to be denoted between the Greek term οἰκία (lit. residence) and οϊvκος of the N.T., which are both indiscriminately rendered "'house" and "household" in the English. Version. This latter view is confirmed by the improbability that any of the immediate imperial family (Nero's) should have been included in the converts to Christianity expressed in the phrase they of Caesar's household (οἱ ἐκ τῆς Καισαρος οἰκίας, Php 4:22). SEE CAESAR.

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