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Bible Encyclopedias

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Division

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di -vizh´un : Used in English Versions of the Bible in the following senses:

(1) A separate body of people (a ) of the tribal divisions of Israel (Joshua 11:23; Joshua 12:7; Joshua 18:10 ); (b ) of sections of a tribe, "the divisions of Reuben" (Judges 5:15 , Judges 5:16 the King James Version; but the Revised Version (British and American) rightly substitutes "the watercourses of Reuben"; in Job 20:17 the same word is rendered "rivers"); ( c ) of the (late) organization of priests and Levites into classes or families who ministered in the temple in rotation; translated "courses" generally in the King James Version, and always in the Revised Version (British and American) (1 Chronicles 24:1; 1 Chronicles 26:1 , 1 Chronicles 26:12 , 1 Chronicles 26:19; Nehemiah 11:36; compare 2 Chronicles 35:5 ). Much prominence is given by the Chronicler to the 24 classes of priests, singers, and doorkeepers, who served in turns in the temple (compare Luke 1:5 , Luke 1:8 ). (3) In the New Testament, dissension, disunion, schism (Luke 12:51; Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 3:3 the King James Version, omitted the Revised Version (British and American); 1 Corinthians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 11:18; Galatians 5:20 ).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Division'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/d/division.html. 1915.

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