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Builder

In the NT the word is used six times. Five of them are quotations of Psalm 118:22 (Matt 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11; 1 Peter 2:7), and the sixth says that God is the builder of the city which has foundations to which Abraham looked forward (Heb 11:10). A great deal is known about building in ancient times because of the hundreds of buildings that survive in whole or in part. Every new mound excavated by archeologists reveals the foundations of many buildings, both large and small. The best of the builders were highly skilled craftsmen. (See [[Build, Building]].) International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915) "To build," "builder," ete, are in the [[Old Testament]] commonly the translation of banah, "to build," occurring very frequently; see [[Build, Building]]. The literal significance leads also to several figurative applications, especially to God as Divine Builder: (1) as establishing, e.g. the nation (Ps 69:35; 102:16; Jer 12:16), the throne of David (Ps 89:4),