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Dictionaries :: Robbery

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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Robbery:

Practised by the Ishmaelites (Gen 16:12), the Chaldeans and Sabeans (Job 1:15,17), and the men of Shechem (Jdg 9:25. See also 1 Sam. 27:6-10; 30; Hsa 4:2; 6:9). Robbers infested Judea in our Lord's time (Luk 10:30; Jhn 18:40; Act 5:36,37; 21:38; 2Cr 11:26). The words of the Authorized Version, "counted it not robbery to be equal," etc. (Phl 2:6,7), are better rendered in the Revised Version, "counted it not a prize to be on an equality," etc., i.e., "did not look upon equality with God as a prize which must not slip from his grasp" = "did not cling with avidity to the prerogatives of his divine majesty; did not ambitiously display his equality with God."

"Robbers of churches" should be rendered, as in the Revised Version, "of temples." In the temple at Ephesus there was a great treasure-chamber, and as all that was laid up there was under the guardianship of the goddess Diana, to steal from such a place would be sacrilege (Act 19:37).

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
 

Robbery:

For ROBBERY see PRIZE

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Robbery:

Robbery has ever been one of the principal employments of the nomad tribes of the East. From the time of Ishmael to the present day the Bedouin has been a "wild man," and a robber by trade (Genesis 16:12). The Mosaic law on the subject of theft is contained in Exodus 2:2. There seems no reason to suppose that the law underwent any alteration in Solomon's time. Man‐stealing was punishable with death (Exodus 21:16; 24:7). Invasion of right in land was strictly forbidden (Deuteronomy 27:17; Isaiah 5:8; Micah 2:2).

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