keep house

to maintain a home; to do housework
—I’m looking forward to having my own home, but keeping house is not one of my favorite things to do.

Psalm 113 is a psalm of praise to God, including the following example of how God helps his people:

He makes the barren woman of the family [He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be—KJV]

a happy mother of children.

Praise the Lord! (Psalm 113:9)

Here keep house uses an older meaning of keep, and the phrase means “to have a home.” While the modern usage of keep house means “to take care of a home,” housekeeper is usually used for a person hired to clean and look after the rooms in a hotel or other such place.

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