'ABODAH ("Divine Service"):
Originally the benediction recited during the morning sacrifice while the Temple still existed, and afterward the benediction containing the prayer for the restoration of the Temple sacrifice, recited also as part of the morning and evening prayer (Mid. v. 10). 'Abodah was the regular name for the divine service in the Temple, and people took an oath by the 'Abodah as they did by the Temple itself, or as is done to-day by the Bible (Levy, "Neuhebr. Wörterb." s.v.).