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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To take or hold possession of; to hold or keep for use; to possess.

2. (v. t.) To hold, or fill, the dimensions of; to take up the room or space of; to cover or fill; as, the camp occupies five acres of ground.

3. (v. t.) To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the service of; to employ; to busy.

4. (v. t.) To do business in; to busy one's self with.

5. (v. t.) To use; to expend; to make use of.

6. (v. t.) To have sexual intercourse with.

7. (v. i.) To hold possession; to be an occupant.

8. (v. i.) To follow business; to traffic.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

ok'-u-pi: Is in the King James Version the translation of 7 different words:

(1) nathan;

(2) cachar;

(3) `arabh;

(4) `asah, either with or without the added word, mela'khah;

(5) anapleroun;

(6) peripatein;

(7) pragmateuein.

In almost every case the meanings of "to occupy" as used in the King James Version in harmony with the common usage of the time have become obsolete.

(1) In Ezekiel 27:16, 19, 22, nathan meant "to trade," and the Revised Version (British and American) reads "traded."

(2) From cachar, "to go about," was derived a designation of "merchants" (Revised Version) (Ezekiel 27:21).

(3) `Arabh (Ezekiel 27:9) signifies "to exchange" (the English Revised Version and the American Revised Version margin, but the American Standard Revised Version "deal in").

(4) `asah (Exodus 38:24) means simply "to use" (Revised Version), and the same word in Judges 16:11, with mela'khah ("work") added, signifies that work had been done (Revised Version).

(5) In 1 Corinthians 14:16, "occupy," the King James Version rendering of anapleroun, would still be as intelligible to most as the Revised Version (British and American) "fill."

(6) "Occupy" in Hebrews 13:9, in the sense of "being taken up with a thing," is the translation (both the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American)) of peripatein, literally, "to walk." Finally

(7) pragmateuein (Luke 19:13) is rendered in the King James Version "occupy" in its obsolete sense of "trade" (Revised Version).

David Foster Estes

378. anapleroo -- to fill up
... fulfilled (1), supplied (1). fill up, fulfill, occupy, supply. From ana
and pleroo; to complete; by implication, to occupy, supply ...
//strongsnumbers.com/greek2/378.htm - 8k

1281. diapragmateuomai -- to examine thoroughly, to gain by ...
... gain by trading, earn. From dia and pragmateuomai; to thoroughly occupy oneself,
ie (transitively and by implication) to earn in business -- gain by trading. ...
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3611. oikeo -- to inhabit, to dwell
... dwell. From oikos; to occupy a house, ie Reside (figuratively, inhabit, remain,
inhere); by implication, to cohabit -- dwell. See also oikoumene. ...
//strongsnumbers.com/greek2/3611.htm - 7k

4637. skenoo -- to have one's tent, dwell
... dwell. From skenos; to tent or encamp, ie (figuratively) to occupy (as a mansion)
or (specially), to reside (as God did in the Tabernacle of old, a symbol of ...
//strongsnumbers.com/greek2/4637.htm - 7k

5076. tetrarches -- tetrarch.
... 5076 (from , "four" and 757 , "occupy first place, rule") -- properly, someone
who rules a of a province (district); hence, a , a ("prince"). ...
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2722. katecho -- to hold fast, hold back
... to hold fast, hold back NASB Word Usage afflicted (1), bound (1), heading (1),
hold...fast (1), hold fast (5), hold firmly (1), keep (2), occupy (1), possess ( ...
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4231. pragmateuomai -- to busy oneself
... trade, do business. From pragma; to busy oneself with, ie To trade -- occupy. see
GREEK pragma. (pragmateusasthe) -- 1 Occurrence. 4230, 4231. ...
//strongsnumbers.com/greek2/4231.htm - 7k

2983. lambano -- to take, receive
... conspired* (1), consulted* (1), experienced* (1), forgotten* (1), gets (1), gripped
(1), incur (1), married (2), marry (2), obtained (1), occupy (1), overtaken ...
//strongsnumbers.com/greek2/2983.htm - 11k

Strong's Hebrew
6148. arab -- to take on pledge, give in pledge, exchange
... engage, intermeddle with, mingle self, mortgage, occupy, give pledges,.
A primitive root; to braid, ie Intermix; technically, to ...
/hebrew/6148.htm - 6k

3423. yarash -- to take possession of, inherit, dispossess
... 1), heir (6), heirs (1), impoverish (1), impoverished (1), inherit (8), leave it
as an inheritance (1), makes poor (1), new owners (1), occupy (1), possess (88 ...
/hebrew/3423.htm - 7k

5503. sachar -- to go around or about, travel about
... go about, merchantman, occupy with, pant, trade, traffic. A primitive root;
to travel round (specifically as a pedlar); intensively ...
/hebrew/5503.htm - 6k

7077. qanan -- to make a nest
... make. A primitive root; to erect; but used only as denominative from qen; to nestle,
ie Build or occupy as a nest -- make...nest. see HEBREW qen. 7076, 7077. ...
/hebrew/7077.htm - 6k

3920. lakad -- to capture, seize, take
... A primitive root; to catch (in a net, trap or pit); generally, to capture or occupy;
also to choose (by lot); figuratively, to cohere -- X at all, catch (self ...
/hebrew/3920.htm - 6k

5157. nachal -- to get or take as a possession
... A primitive root; to inherit (as a (figurative) mode of descent), or (generally)
to occupy; causatively, to bequeath, or (generally) distribute, instate ...
/hebrew/5157.htm - 7k

5414. nathan -- to give, put, set
... over, up), grant, hang (up), X have, X indeed, lay (unto charge, up), (give) leave,
lend, let (out), + lie, lift up, make, + O that, occupy, offer, ordain, pay ...
/hebrew/5414.htm - 9k

8610. taphas -- to lay hold of, wield
... 2), capture (2), captured (8), caught (5), grasp (1), grasps (1), handle (4), handled
(1), hold (1), lay hold (1), lays hold (1), occupy (1), overlaid (1 ...
/hebrew/8610.htm - 6k

6030b. anah -- to be occupied, busied
... Word Origin a prim. root Definition to be occupied, busied NASB Word Usage afflicted
(1), keeps him occupied (1), occupy (1). 6030a, 6030b. anah. 6031 . ...
/hebrew/6030b.htm - 5k


Whether it is Lawful for Religious to Occupy Themselves with ...
for religious to occupy themselves with secular business? ...
/.../christianbookshelf.org/aquinas/summa theologica/whether it is lawful for 14.htm

How Apuleius Defines the Gods who Dwell in Heaven, the Demons who ...
... Book IX. Chapter 8."How Apuleius Defines the Gods Who Dwell in Heaven,
the Demons Who Occupy the Air, and Men Who Inhabit Earth. ...
/.../augustine/city of god/chapter 8 how apuleius defines the.htm

Letter ii. --Interior Troubles.
... do you not understand that the most certain way of assuring this is to leave the
care of it entirely to God, and to occupy yourself only with Him; as a man in ...
/.../de caussade/abandonment to divine providence/letter ii interior troubles.htm

The Two Talents
... God hath put us into his estates, and he hath said, "Occupy till I come." Though
our vineyards bear never so much fruit, yet the vineyard belongs to the King ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 4 1858/the two talents.htm

Abide in My Love
... Abiding means going out from everything else, to occupy one place and stay there. ...
Occupy yourself with that love, worship it, wait for it. ...
/.../the true vine meditations for a month on john 151-16/abide in my love.htm

He Shall not Keep Silent.
... years. He will not occupy that place forever. ... throne. He has the promise
of His own throne, which He as the King-Priest must occupy. ...
/.../christianbookshelf.org/gaebelein/the lord of glory/he shall not keep silent.htm

For He Himself Also, with an Eye to the Like Necessities of Saints ...
... with the mind free, as does a handicraftsman, if he be not fraudulent and avaricious
and greedy of his own private gain; but another thing, to occupy the mind ...
/.../augustine/of the work of monks /section 16 for he himself.htm

The People among whom we Labour (Continued).
... Can a people fail to occupy a low place on the plane of morals to whom
the maxim I have quoted would be tolerable? I believe they ...
/.../life and work in benares and kumaon 1839-1877/chapter xxix the people among.htm

External Form of the New Testament.
... Paul stand first in order. The seven so-called catholic epistles occupy
the last place. Intermediate between these two subdivisions ...
/.../barrows/companion to the bible/chapter xxv external form of.htm

Of the Time of Antichrist.
... for seven years shall tremble. But Elias shall occupy the half of the time,
Nero shall occupy half. Then the whore Babylon, being ...
/.../commodianus/the instructions of commodianus/xli of the time of antichrist.htm

Occupy (25 Occurrences)
...OCCUPY. ... In almost every case the meanings of "to occupy" as used in the King James
Version in harmony with the common usage of the time have become obsolete. ...
/o/occupy.htm - 16k

Fill (126 Occurrences)
... 2. (v.) To make full; to supply with as much as can be held or contained; to put
or pour into, till no more can be received; to occupy the whole capacity of. ...
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Trade (33 Occurrences)
... Standard Revised Version, with "dealers," margin "exchangers," in 27:27 (the King
James Version and the English Revised Version have "occupy," "occupiers"). ...
/t/trade.htm - 40k

Nest (22 Occurrences)
... 3. (n.) A snug, comfortable, or cozy residence or situation; a retreat, or place
of habitual resort; hence, those who occupy a nest, frequent a haunt, or are ...
/n/nest.htm - 18k

... and from the "Carte geologique internationale de l'Europe" (1:1,500,000).) It will
be noted that Crystalline, or Archean, rocks (A) occupy extensive areas in ...
/g/geology.htm - 16k

Mother (2641 Occurrences)
... Women there move on the same social plane with men. They often occupy leading
public positions (Exodus 15:20 Judges 4:4 2 Kings 22:14). ...
/m/mother.htm - 17k

Amuse (1 Occurrence)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (v.) To occupy or engage the attention of; to lose
in deep thought; to absorb; also, to distract; to bewilder. ...
/a/amuse.htm - 7k

Dream (82 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary. 1. (n.) The thoughts, or series of thoughts, or imaginary
transactions, which occupy the mind during sleep; a sleeping vision. ...
/d/dream.htm - 47k

King (25505 Occurrences)
... Israel" (Matthew 2:5, 6). Luke's account of the Nativity contains the angel's
declaration that the child to be born and named Jesus would occupy the throne of ...
/k/king.htm - 64k

Occur (13 Occurrences)

/o/occur.htm - 10k

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Occupy (25 Occurrences)

Mark 12:39
and to occupy the best seats in the synagogues and at dinner parties,

Luke 14:9
and he who did call thee and him having come shall say to thee, Give to this one place, and then thou mayest begin with shame to occupy the last place.

Luke 19:13
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

Acts 1:25
to occupy the place in this ministry and Apostleship from which Judas through transgression fell, in order to go to his own place."

Romans 12:7
or service, let us occupy ourselves in service; or he that teaches, in teaching;

Colossians 1:18
Moreover He is the Head of His Body, the Church. He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from among the dead, in order that He Himself may in all things occupy the foremost place.

1 Timothy 1:4
neither to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which cause disputes, rather than God's stewardship, which is in faith-
(See RSV)

1 Timothy 4:15
Occupy thyself with these things; be wholly in them, that thy progress may be manifest to all.

Leviticus 25:46
and ye have taken them for inheritance to your sons after you, to occupy 'for' a possession; to the age ye lay service upon them, but upon your brethren, the sons of Israel, one with another, thou dost not rule over him with rigour.

Numbers 13:30
Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it."
(See RSV)

Deuteronomy 2:31
Yahweh said to me, "Behold, I have begun to deliver up Sihon and his land before you: begin to possess, that you may inherit his land."

Deuteronomy 3:20
until Yahweh gives rest to your brothers, as to you, and they also possess the land which Yahweh your God gives them beyond the Jordan: then you shall return every man to his possession, which I have given you."
(See RSV)

Joshua 1:15
until Yahweh has given your brothers rest, as he has given you, and they have also possessed the land which Yahweh your God gives them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession, and possess it, which Moses the servant of Yahweh gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.'"
(See NIV)

Joshua 17:12
And the sons of Manasseh have not been able to occupy these cities, and the Canaanite is desirous to dwell in this land,

Nehemiah 2:8
and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the castle which appertains to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. The king granted me, according to the good hand of my God on me.

Psalms 83:12
Who have said, 'Let us occupy for ourselves The comely places of God.'

Psalms 119:117
Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe, And shall have respect unto thy statutes continually.
(See JPS)

Psalms 131:1
<A Song of the going up. Of David.> Lord, there is no pride in my heart and my eyes are not lifted up; and I have not taken part in great undertakings, or in things over-hard for me.
(See RSV)

Ecclesiastes 3:10
I saw the work which God has put on the sons of man.
(See NAS)

Ecclesiastes 10:6
The foolish are placed in high positions, but men of wealth are kept low.
(See NIV)

Jeremiah 49:16
As for your terror, the pride of your heart has deceived you, O you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, who hold the height of the hill: though you should make your nest as high as the eagle, I will bring you down from there, says Yahweh.

Ezekiel 27:9
The ancients of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in thee to occupy thy merchandise.

Obadiah 1:19
Those of the South will possess the mountain of Esau, and those of the lowland, the Philistines. They will possess the field of Ephraim, and the field of Samaria. Benjamin will possess Gilead.
(See NIV)

Habakkuk 1:6
For, lo, I am raising up the Chaldeans, The bitter and hasty nation, That is going to the broad places of earth, To occupy tabernacles not its own.

Zechariah 9:6
Foreigners will dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
(See NIV)



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Massacre (1 Occurrence)

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