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International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


se-dish'-un: The translation in Ezr 4:15,19 for ‘eshtaddur, "struggling," "revolt"; in 2 Esdras 15:16 for inconstabilitio, "instability" with "be seditious" for stasiazo, "rise in rebellion" in 2 Macc 14:6. In addition, the King James Version has "sedition" for stasis, "standing up," "revolt" (the Revised Version (British and American) "insurrection") in Lu 23:19,25; Ac 24:5, with (dichostasia), "a standing asunder" (the Revised Version (British and American) "division") in Ga 5:20. As "sedition" does not include open violence against a government, the word should not have been used in any of the above cases.

King James Dictionary

Sedition: An Uproar; Insurrection; Dissension.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, SEDITIONS, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g4714 Greek: stasis


"a dissension, an insurrection," is translated "sedition" in Act 24:5, AV (RV, "insurrections").

A-2 Noun Strong's Number: g1370 Greek: dichostasia


lit., "a standing apart" (dicha, "asunder, apart," stasis, "a standing"), hence "a dissension, division," is translated "seditions" in Gal 5:20, AV.
See DIVISION, No. 2.

B-1 Verb Strong's Number: g387 Greek: anastatoo


"to excite, unsettle," or "to stir up to sedition," is so translated in Act 21:38, RV (AV, "madest an uproar"); in Act 17:6, "have turned (the world) upside down," i.e., "causing tumults;" in Gal 5:12, RV, "unsettle" (AV, "trouble"), i.e., by false teaching (here in the continuous present tense, lit., "those who are unsettling you"). The word was supposed not to have been used in profane authors. It has been found, however, in several of the papyri writings.


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