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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #4204 - πόρνη
- a woman who sells her body for sexual uses
- a prostitute, a harlot, one who yields herself to defilement for the sake of gain
- any woman indulging in unlawful sexual intercourse, whether for gain or for lust
- metaph. an idolatress
- of "Babylon" i.e. Rome, the chief seat of idolatry
harlot, prostitute, Archil. 142, Ar. Ach. 527, etc. (Prob.from πέρνημι, because Greek prostitutes were commonly bought slaves. )
πόρνη , -ης , ἡ ,
[in LXX chiefly for H2181;]
a prostitute, harlot: Matthew 21:31-32, Luke 15:30, 1 Corinthians 6:15-16 Hebrews 11:31, James 2:25. Metaph. (v. Swete, Ap., 180 f.), of Babylon (i.e. Rome): Revelation 17:1; Revelation 17:5; Revelation 17:15-16; Revelation 19:2.†
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