“extort money from anyone by threats.” The Greek is diaseiō (#1286 διασείω). Robertson (Word Pictures in the New Testament) writes: “Here only in the N.T., but [it is] in the LXX [the Septuagint] and is common in ancient Greek. It means to shake (seismic disturbance, earthquake) thoroughly (dia) and so thoroughly to terrify, to extort money or property by intimidating... It was a process of blackmail to which Socrates refers (Xenophon, Memorabilia, ii. 9, 1).” This was a constant temptation to soldiers. Might does not make right with God, as we see throughout the Bible.