H2181 זנה - Strong's Hebrew Lexicon Number

A primitive root (highly fed and therefore wanton); to commit adultery (usually of the female, and less often of simple forniciation, rarely of involuntary ravishment); figuratively to commit idolatry (the Jewish people being regarded as the spouse of Jehovah)

KJV Usage: (cause to) commit fornication, X continually, X great, (be an, play the) harlot, (cause to be, play the) whore, (commit, fall to) whoredom, (cause to) go a-whoring, whorish.

Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions


1. to commit fornication, be a harlot, play the harlot
a. (Qal)
1. to be a harlot, act as a harlot, commit fornication
2. to commit adultery
3. to be a cult prostitute
4. to be unfaithful (to God) (fig.)
b. (Pual) to play the harlot
c. (Hiphil)
1. to cause to commit adultery
2. to force into prostitution
3. to commit fornication
Origin: a primitive root [highly-fed and therefore wanton]
TWOT: 563
Parts of Speech: Verb

View how H2181 זנה is used in the Bible

First 30 of 82 occurrences of H2181 זנה

Genesis 34:31
Genesis 38:15
Genesis 38:24
Exodus 34:15
Exodus 34:16
Leviticus 17:7
Leviticus 19:29
Leviticus 20:5
Leviticus 20:6
Leviticus 21:7
Leviticus 21:9
Leviticus 21:14
Numbers 15:39
Numbers 25:1
Deuteronomy 22:21
Deuteronomy 23:18
Deuteronomy 31:16
Joshua 2:1
Joshua 6:17
Joshua 6:22
Joshua 6:25
Judges 2:17
Judges 8:27
Judges 8:33
Judges 11:1
Judges 16:1
Judges 19:2
1 Kings 3:16
1 Chronicles 5:25
2 Chronicles 21:11

Corresponding Greek Words

zanah G1712 emporion
zanah G4204 porne
zanah qal,pu,hi G4203 porneuo
zanah qal.,hi. G1608 ek porneuo