Tents were in primitive times the common dwellings
of men. Houses were afterwards built, the walls of which were frequently of mud (Job 24:16
; Matt. 6:19, 20
) or of sun-dried bricks.
God "dwells in light" (1 Tim. 6:16
; 1 John
1:7), in heaven
), in his church
; 1 John 4:12
dwelt on earth
in the days of his humiliation (John 1:14
). He now dwells in the hearts of his people (Eph. 3:17-19
). The Holy Spirit
dwells in believers (1 Cor.
3:16; 2 Tim. 1:14
). We are exhorted to "let the word of God dwell
in us richly" (Col. 3:16
; Ps. 119:11
occurs only in Jer. 49:8
, and refers to the custom
of seeking refuge from impending danger, in retiring to the recesses of rocks and caverns, or to remote places in the desert.