Deceptive desires leading to a life-style without discipline resulting in the dizzy hangovers of drunkenness. The Greek word apate
means, “deception” caused by riches ( Matthew 13:22
) and sin (Hebrews 3:13
). This is founded in the deceptive lusts of the unredeemed human heart (Ephesians 4:22
). People following such a way of life will suffer “the penalty for doing wrong” as they continue “reveling in their dissipation” (2 Peter 2:13
means to be hopelessly sick and refers to a life-style by which one destroys oneself. It is the prodigal son's “wild living” ( Luke 15:13
NIV). It is the life of “dissipation” resulting from drinking wine ( Ephesians 5:18
NAS). Compare Titus 1:6
; 1 Peter 4:3-4
. The Bible speaks against a disorderly life, whereas the Greeks used the term to mean a wasteful or luxurious life. The Bible teaches believers to avoid both life-styles.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Dissipation'. Holman Bible Dictionary. http://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/d/dissipation.html. 1991.