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jōō - ris - dik´shun ( ἐξουσία , exousı́a ): The word exousia is well known in New Testament Greek. It is derived from the word éxesti , and suggests the absence of any hindrance to an act. It contains the idea of right and might (Cremer). In the New Testament it means right, authority, capability ( Romans 9:21 ); power, strength (Matthew 9:8 ); right and might (John 5:27 ). Thus it gets the meaning of the powers of the magistrate, which it bears in later Greek (Titus 3:1 ; Romans 13:1-3 ). And in this sense it is used in Luke 23:7 , where it is translated "jurisdiction."

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Jurisdiction'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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