MANSION (Gr. monē, an abiding place). An expression that occurs only in John.14.2 (kjv; niv “rooms”), where the plural is used. It is correctly rendered “abiding places,” the plural form denoting the great extent of God’s house.
, KJV for μονή
, John 14:2
, meaning a permanent dwelling place of which there are many in heaven, appointed by the Father for His children in Christ. Mansion is derived from Lat. mansio
, but this does not mean a palatial house. A room set apart for each person is connoted. Derived from μένειν
, “to abide permanently,” the word indicates the believer’s eternal, unchangeable and final home in the House of God
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
In Joh 14:2, the word is used in the plural: "In my Father’s house are many mansions," the Revised Version margin "abiding places." The ideas conveyed are those of abundance of room, and permanence of habitation, in the heavenly world.