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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Etymologists assign three probable sources of
2. As Used in the New Testament:
Mark uses it in Mark 7:22 with uncertainty as to the vice meant. Paul ( 2 Corinthians 12:21 ) classes it with uncleanness and fornication as sins to be repented of; also (Galatians 5:19; compare The Wisdom of Solomon 14:26, "wantonness") puts it in the same catalogue with other works of the flesh; and (Ephesians 4:19 ) he refers to some aged ones so covetous, that they made trade of themselves by giving "themselves up to lasciviousness." The same word is translated "wantonness" in Romans 13:13 , meaning wanton manner, filthy words, unchaste movements of the body. Peter (1 Peter 4:3 ) mentions those who "walked in lasciviousness, lusts, winebibbings, revellings, carousings, and abominable idolatries." He speaks (2 Peter 2:2 ) of "lascivious doings" (the King James Version "pernicious ways"); (2 Peter 2:7 ) "lascivious life" (the King James Version "filthy conversation"); and (2 Peter 2:18 ) of "lasciviousness" (the King James Version "wantonness"), as a means "to entice in the lusts of the flesh." Judges 1:4 probably does not refer to any form of sensuality in using the word descriptive of "ungodly men" who perverted the faith of some and denied our only Master.
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Lasciviousness'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/l/lasciviousness.html. 1915.