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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Fornication, Fornicator

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A — 1: πορνεία

(Strong's #4202 — Noun Feminine — porneia — por-ni'-ah )

is used (a) of "illicit sexual intercourse," in John 8:41; Acts 15:20,29; 21:25; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:13,18; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Revelation 2:21; 9:21; in the plural in 1 Corinthians 7:2; in Matthew 5:32; 19:9 it stands for, or includes, adultery; it is distinguished from it in 15:19; Mark 7:21; (b) metaphorically, of "the association of pagan idolatry with doctrines of, and professed adherence to, the Christian faith," Revelation 14:8; 17:2,4; 18:3; 19:2; some suggest this as the sense in Revelation 2:21 .

A — 2: πόρνος

(Strong's #4205 — Noun Masculine — pornos — por'-nos )

denotes "a man who indulges in fornication, a fornicator," 1 Corinthians 5:9,10,11; 6:9; Ephesians 5:5 , RV; 1 Timothy 1:10 , RV; Hebrews 12:16; 13:4 , RV; Revelation 21:8; 22:15 , RV (AV, "whoremonger").

B — 1: πορνεύω

(Strong's #4203 — Verb — porneuo — porn-yoo'-o )

"to commit fornication," is used (a) literally, Mark 10:19; 1 Corinthians 6:18; 10:8; Revelation 2:14,20 , see (a) and (b) above; (b) metaphorically, Revelation 17:2; 18:3,9 .

B — 2: ἐκπορνεύω

(Strong's #1608 — Verb — ekporneuo — ek-porn-yoo'-o )

a strengthened form of No. 1 (ek, used intensively), "to give oneself up to fornication," implying excessive indulgence, Jude 1:7 .

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Fornication, Fornicator'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/f/fornication-fornicator.html. 1940.

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