Bill Mounce

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σπεῖρα, ης, ἡ
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company of soldiers, cohort; technically one tenth of a Roman legion: 600 fighting men
anything twisted, or wreathed, a cord, coil, band, etc.; a band of soldiers, company, troop; used for a Roman cohort, about 600 soldiers, Mt. 27:27; Acts 10:1; the temple guard, Mk. 15:16; Jn. 18:3, 12; Acts 21:31; 27:1*

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Matthew 27:27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the praetorium and gathered the entire garrison (speiran | σπεῖραν | acc sg fem) around him.
Mark 15:16 And the soldiers led him away into the palace (that is, the praetorium) and they called together the whole company (speiran | σπεῖραν | acc sg fem) of soldiers.
John 18:3 So Judas, having procured a detachment (speiran | σπεῖραν | acc sg fem) of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons.
John 18:12 So the detachment (speira | σπεῖρα | nom sg fem) of soldiers, their captain, and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him.
Acts 10:1 There was a man in Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion from the cohort (speirēs | σπείρης | gen sg fem) that was called the Italian,
Acts 21:31 And while they were trying to kill him, a report was sent up to the commanding officer of the detachment (speirēs | σπείρης | gen sg fem) that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
Acts 27:1 And when it was decided that we would sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion, named Julius, of the Augustan Cohort (speirēs | σπείρης | gen sg fem).