Disperse, Dispersion - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Disperse, Dispersion

[ A-1,Verb,G1262, dialuo ]
to dissolve," is used in Acts 5:36 of the breaking up and dispersion of a company of men, RV, "dispersed," AV, "scattered." See SCATTER.

[ A-2,Verb,G4650, skorpizo ]
"to scatter" (probably from a root, skarp---, signifying "to cut asunder," akin to skorpios, "a scorpion"), is used in Matthew 12:30; Luke 11:23; John 10:12; John 16:32; in the RV of 2 Corinthians 9:9, "scattered abroad" (AV, "he hath dispersed abroad"), of one who liberally dispenses benefits. See SCATTER.

[ A-3,Verb,G1287, diaskorpizo ]
dia, "through," and No. 2, signifies "to scatter abroad," in Matthew 26:31; Mark 14:27, metaphorically of sheep; in Luke 1:51, of the proud; in John 11:52, of the "scattering" of the children of God; in Acts 5:37, of the followers of Judas of Galilee (AV, "were dispersed"); cp. No. 1, re Acts 5:36; of "scattering" grain by winnowing, Matthew 25:24, Matthew 25:26; in Luke 15:13; Luke 16:1, it signifies "to waste." See SCATTER, STRAWED, WASTE.

[ A-4,Verb,G1289, diasperio ]
"to scatter abroad" (dia, "through," speiro, "to sow"), is used in Acts 8:1, Acts 8:4; Acts 11:19.

[ B-1,Noun,G1290, diaspora ]
akin to A, No. 4, "a scattering, a dispersion," was used of the Jews who from time to time had been scattered among the Gentiles, John 7:35; later with reference to Jews, so "scattered," who had professed, or actually embraced, the Christian faith, "the Dispersion," James 1:1, RV; especially of believers who were converts from Judaism and "scattered" throughout certain districts, "sojourners of the Dispersion," 1 Peter 1:1, RV. In the Sept., of Israelites, "scattered" and exiled, e.g., Deuteronomy 28:25; Deuteronomy 30:4; Nehemiah 1:9.

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