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A Fornicator
Any person engaging in sexual activity outside the marriage covenant, or with multiple partners while being married to another.
Dictionaries
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Fornication
Fornication. Unchastity, sexual immorality. The word “fornication” is used in the Scriptures to mean several different things.Its general meaning refers to every kind of illegal sexual intercourse, that is, any intercourse except that between a husband and wife. For example, in 1 Corinthians 5:1 (kjv)
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Fornication
Fornication [Gk. porneía—‘unchastity,’ porneúō (“commit fornication,” Rev. 17:2; 18:3, 9)]; NEB also BASEBORN (Jn. 8:41): FORNICATOR [Gk. pórnos] (Rev. 21:8; 22:15). Illicit (and immoral) sexual relations are strictly forbidden by Scripture (Gal. 5:19; Eph. 5:3; Col. 3:5; see Marriage VII) and are
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Fornication
FORNICATION* Unchastity, sexual immorality. The word “fornication” is used in the Scriptures to mean several different things.Its general meaning refers to every kind of illegal sexual intercourse, that is, any intercourse except that between a husband and wife. For example, in 1 Corinthians 5:1 (kjv)
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Fornication
fornication, a generic term for illicit sexual activity. In the Hebrew Bible, sexual misconduct includes seduction of a virgin, rape, sodomy, bestiality, incest, prostitution, and homosexual acts (cf. Lev. 18; 19:20–22, 29; 20:10–21). The specific sin of adultery tends to be treated separately from these
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Fornication
FORNICATION. Used of illicit sexual intercourse in general (Mt 5:32; 19:9; Acts 15:20, 29; 21:25; Rom 1:29; 1 Cor 5:1). In a technical sense it is to be distinguished from adultery or social promiscuity after marriage (Gr. moicheia; Mt 15:19, Mk 7:21; Jn 8:3; Gal 5:19), and from rape, which is a crime
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Fornication
FornicationIn general, illicit sexual intercourse (Heb. zānâ), a sin violating the spirit of the Seventh Commandment (Exod. 20:14), which was meant to protect the integrity of the family. Fornication (Gk. porneɩ́a) can be linked with adultery (Matt. 5:32; 19:9) or distinguished from it (15:19 = Mark
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Fornication
Fornication (Gk. porneía “unchastity”).* Sexual intercourse performed outside the bonds of marriage, considered an immoral work of the flesh (Matt. 15:19 par. Mark 7:21; cf. Gal. 5:19; Eph. 5:3; Col. 3:5; RSV “unchastity, immorality”). The Old Testament depicts this as “harlotry” or “playing
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Fornication
FORNICATION (Gk. porneia). Used of illicit sexual intercourse in general (Acts 15:20, 29; 21:25; cf. 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:13, 18; 7:2; etc.). It is distinguished from “adultery” (Gk. moicheia, in Matt. 15:19; Mark 7:21). The NIV usually translates porneia as “sexual immorality” and moicheia as “adultery.” Jahn
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Fornication
Fornicationin every form of it was sternly condemned by the Mosaic law (Lev. 21:9; 19:29; Deut. 22:20, 21, 23–29; 23:18; Ex. 22:16). (See ADULTERY.)But this word is more frequently used in a symbolical than in its ordinary sense. It frequently means a forsaking of God or a following after idols (Isa.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Fornication
Fornicationfornication, any type of illicit sexual activity. Included in the realm of sexual misconduct in the ot are seduction, rape, sodomy, bestiality, certain forms of incest, prostitution (male or female), and homosexual relations (cf. Lev. 18; 19:20–22, 29; 20:10–21). The specific sin of adultery,
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Fornication
FORNICATION [for nih KAY shun] - sexual relationships outside the bonds of marriage. The technical distinction between fornication and Adultery is that adultery involves married persons while fornication involves at least one person who is unmarried. But the New Testament often uses the term in a general
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Fornication
For-ni-caʹtion, illicit sexual intercourse, and the frequent figurative designation in Scripture of the abominations of idolatry (2 Chron. 21:11; Ezek. 16:26; Rev. 17:4).