Legion

Legion [N] [S]

a regiment of the Roman army, the number of men composing which differed at different times. It originally consisted of three thousand men, but in the time of Christ consisted of six thousand, exclusive of horsemen, who were in number a tenth of the foot-men. The word is used ( Matthew 26:53 ; Mark 5:9 ) to express simply a great multitude.

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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

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Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Legion". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Legion

An indefinite large number.

Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve LEGIONS of angels? ( Matthew 26:52-53 )

Source: A King James Dictionary. (Used with permission. Copyright © Philip P. Kapusta)

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"Entry for 'Legion'". A King James Dictionary.

Legion, [N] [E]

the chief subdivision of the Roman army, containing about 6000 infantry, with a contingent of cavalry. The term does not occur in the Bible in its primary sense, but appears to have been adopted in order to express any large number, with the accessory ideas of order and subordination. ( Matthew 26:53 ; Mark 5:9 )


[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Legion,'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.

LEGION

le'-jun.

See ARMY; ARMY, ROMAN.


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Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'LEGION'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.