Fornication, Fornicator - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Fornication, Fornicator

[ A-1,Noun,G4202, porneia ]
is used
(a) of illicit sexual intercourse," in John 8:41; Acts 15:20, Acts 15:29; Acts 21:25; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 1 Corinthians 6:13, 1 Corinthians 6:18; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Revelation 2:21; Revelation 9:21; in the plural in 1 Corinthians 7:2; in Matthew 5:32; Matthew 19:9 it stands for, or includes, adultery; it is distinguished from it in Matthew 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; Revelation 17:2, Revelation 17:4; Revelation 18:3; Revelation 19:2; some suggest this as the sense in Revelation 2:21.

[ A-2,Noun,G4205, pornos ]
denotes "a man who indulges in fornication, a fornicator," 1 Corinthians 5:9-11; 1 Corinthians 6:9; Ephesians 5:5, RV; 1 Timothy 1:10, RV; Hebrews 12:16; Hebrews 13:4, RV; Revelation 21:8; Revelation 22:15, RV (AV, "whoremonger").

[ B-1,Verb,G4203, porneuo ]
"to commit fornication," is used
(a) literally, Mark 10:19; 1 Corinthians 6:18; 1 Corinthians 10:8; Revelation 2:14, Revelation 2:20, See
(a) and
(b) above;
(b) metaphorically, Revelation 17:2; Revelation 18:3, Revelation 18:9.

[ B-2,Verb,G1608, ekporneuo ]
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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