KJV Dictionary Definition: instead
INSTEAD, insted'. a compound of in and stead, place; but stead retains its character of a noun, and is followed by of; instead of, in the same manner as in the stead of.
In the place or room of.
Let thistles grow instead of wheat. Job 31.
Absalom made Amasa captain of the hose instead of Joab. 2 Sam.17.
This consideration is instead of a thousand arguments. In this use, instead may be equivalent to equal to.
When instead is used without of following, there is an ellipsis, or some words are understood.