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International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


foun-da'-shun: In Hebrew the words for "foundation" are mostly derivatives from yacadh, "to found," and in Greek two words are used: one, katabole, of "foundation of the world" (Mr 13:35; 15:34; Lu 11:50; Joh 17:24, etc.); the other, themelios, of the foundation of a building (Lu 6:48,49; 14:29; Ac 16:26, etc.), in which sense it is also used metaphorically in various connections (Christ the foundation of the church, 1Co 3:11; or the apostles and prophets the foundation, with Christ as corner-stone, Eph 2:20; the foundation of repentance, Heb 6:1, etc.). In Ps 11:3, "if the foundations be destroyed," the Hebrew word is shath. In Jer 50:15, the Revised Version (British and American) reads "bulwarks" for "foundations"; conversely in Ps 89:14; 97:2, for the King James Version "habitation," the Revised Version (British and American) reads "foundation," and in Isa 6:4 for the King James Version "posts," reads "foundations."

Written by James Orr

Torrey's New Topical Textbook

Foundation: The lowest part of a building, and on which it rests

Luk 14:29; Act 16:26

Foundation: Figuratively Applied To

The heavens

2Sa 22:8

The earth

Job 38:4; Psa 104:5

The world

Psa 18:15; Mat 13:35

The mountains

Deu 32:22

The ocean

Psa 104:8


Exd 9:18

Foundation: Laid For


Jos 6:26; 1Ki 16:34


Ezr 4:12; Rev 21:14


Luk 6:48


1Ki 6:37; Ezr 3:10


Luk 14:28,29

Foundation: Described As

Of stone

1Ki 5:17

Deep laid

Luk 6:48

Strongly laid

Ezr 6:3

Joined together by corner stones

Ezr 4:12; 1Pe 2:6; Eph 2:20

Foundation: Security Afforded By

Mat 7:25; Luk 6:48

Foundation: Illustrative Of


Isa 28:16; 1Cr 3:11

Doctrines of the apostles, &c

Eph 2:20

First principles of the gospel

Hbr 6:1,2

Decrees and purposes of God

2Ti 2:19


Psa 82:5

The righteous

Pro 10:25

Hope of saints

Psa 87:1

Security of saints' inheritance

Hbr 11:10


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