Hosea marries Gomer
God commanded Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman, and he married Gomer.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Harlot. Woman guilty of illicit sexual relationships, figuratively, one who worships an idol. The term “harlot” translates four different words found in the Bible. One type of harlot was the man or woman, married or unmarried, who committed immoral acts (Gn 34:31; Jgs 19:2; Prv 23:27). A different harlot
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Harlot; Play the Harlot
Harlot; Play the Harlot[Heb zānâ, zōnâ (Gen. 34:31; 38:15, 24; Ex. 34:15f; etc.), qeḏēšâ (Gen. 38:21f); Gk. pórnē (Mt. 21:31f; Lk. 15:30; He. 11:31; Jas. 2:25; Rev. 17:1, 5, 15f; 19:2)];AV also WHORE, GO A WHORING, COMMIT FORNICATION, etc.; NEB COMMON WHORE, PROSTITUTE, TEMPLE-PROSTITUTE,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Harlot, Whore
HARLOT, WHORE. A woman guilty of illicit sexual relationships for reasons other than sexual pleasure is normally referred to in the English versions of the Bible as a whore, harlot, or prostitute, with the latter two designations being the terms normally used in the more recent versions.In biblical
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
HarlotA woman who engages in sexual intercourse for pay (Heb. zônâ, from a root meaning “to fornicate”; Gk. pórnē, from a verb meaning “to sell”). The KJV also uses “harlot” for qĕḏēšâ in Gen. 38:21, 22; Hos. 4:14. While zônâ and qĕḏēšâ are sometimes assumed to be completely synonymous,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Harlot (Heb. zānâ, zōnâ; Gk. pórnē).† A female prostitute; in the general sense, one who engages in extramarital sexual relations for commercial purposes (cf. Gen. 38:17; Prov. 6:26; Luke 15:30). Common throughout Palestine and the ancient Near East (e.g., Judg. 16:1), they would dress
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Harlot. That this class of persons existed in the earliest states of society is clear from Gen. 38:15. Rahab, Josh. 2:1, is said by the Chald. Paraphr. to have been an innkeeper; but if there were such persons, considering what we know of Canaanitish morals, Lev. 18:27, we may conclude that they would,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Harlot, Whore
HARLOT, WHORE. Terms used for several Heb. words having similar connotations.1. Harlot (Heb. zônâ; Gk. pornē). Any woman, married or single, who practices unlawful sexual indulgence, whether for gain or lust (Gen. 34:31; Judg. 19:2; Prov. 23:27; Matt. 21:31–32; Luke 15:30; 1 Cor. 6:15–16). The term
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Harlot(1.) Heb. zonah (Gen. 34:31; 38:15). In verses 21, 22 the Hebrew word used in kedeshah, i.e., a woman consecrated or devoted to prostitution in connection with the abominable worship of Asherah or Astarte, the Syrian Venus. This word is also used in Deut. 23:17; Hos. 4:14. Thus Tamar sat by the
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Harlotharlot, a prostitute, one who accepted money for the performance of sex. Several important characters in Israelite history were connected to harlots. The Jericho harlot Rahab sheltered Joshua’s spies (Josh. 2), Jephthah was the son of a harlot (Judg. 11:1), and Tamar pretended to be a harlot
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
HARLOT — a prostitute. The term “harlot” is often used in a symbolic way in the Old Testament to describe the wicked conduct of the nation of Israel in worshiping false gods (Is. 1:21; Jer. 2:20; Ezek. 16).In the New Testament, harlots were objects of Jesus’ mercy (Matt. 21:31–32; Luke 15:30). The apostle
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HARLOT<har’-lot>: This name replaces in the Revised Version (British and American) “whore” of the King James Version. It stands for several words and phrases used to designate or describe the unchaste woman, married or unmarried, e.g. [זוֹנָה‎, zonah], [אִשָּׁה נָכְרִיָּה‎, ’ishshah nokhriyah], [קְדֵשָׁה‎,
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Harlot is said to be derived from Harlotta, the mother of William the Conqueror, but it is more likely to be a corruption of horlet (a little hireling), “hore” being the past participle of hyran (to hire). It was once applied to males as well as females. Hence Chaucer speaks of “a sturdy harlot … that
Key passages
Ho 1:2–3

At the beginning when Yahweh spoke through Hosea, Yahweh said to Hosea, “Go, take for yourself a wife and children of whoredom, because the land commits great whoredom forsaking Yahweh.” So he went and took Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

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