Passionate, inordinate desire for something, usually sexual in nature.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Lust[Heb hawwâ](Prov. 11:6); AV NAUGHTINESS; NEB GREED; [niphal part of ḥāmam] (“you who burn with lust,” Isa. 57:5); AV “enflaming yourselves”; [taʾa] (Jer. 2:24); AV “occasion”; NEB HEAT; [taznûṯ] (Ezk. 23:8, 17); AV WHOREDOM; NEB FORNICATION; [Gk. epithymía] (Rom. 1:24; Eph. 4:22; 1 Thess.
Naught; Naughty; Naughtiness
Naught; Naughty; Naughtiness Used by the AV in the sense of “bad, worthless, worthlessness,” translating Heb raʿ (RSV “bad,” 2 K. 2:19; Prov. 20:14; Jer. 24:2), rō (a)ʿ (RSV “evil,” 1 S. 17:28), hawwâ (RSV “lust,” Prov. 11:6; “mischievous,” 17:4), ʾāḏām belîyaʿal (lit “man of Belial”; RSV “worthless
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
LUST. The English word lust as employed in the KJV covers a wide range of desires. It was not restricted in a.d. 1611 to the modern sense of sexual passion.1. Strong desire. It may be a keen desire (Heb. nephesh), as that of the Egyptian army to overtake and destroy Israel at the Red Sea (Ex 15:9),
NAUGHTINESS. Heb. rōa˓, “evil, badness, wickedness of heart” (1 Sam 17:28); hawwâ. “mischief, evil, naughtiness” (Prov 11:6; 17:4). Gr. kakia, “evil, wickedness, malice” (Jas 1:21).
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
LUST. The Eng. word was originally a neutral term describing any strong desire; hence its use in early translations of Gn. 3:16; Jn. 1:13; Nu. 14:8; Heb. 10:6. In its modern restricted sense of sexual passion it cannot adequately render many familiar contexts in av.The Heb. nep̄eš expresses craving
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
LustThe word lust today is used almost exclusively to mean strong sexual desire. In KJV usage it connotes intense pleasure or delight, or simply an inclination or wish.In the OT “lust” as a noun translates in the KJV a variety of Hebrew words and designates, among other things, an intense desire for
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Lust (Gk. epithymía “desire”).* The word “lust” has become more narrow in meaning since the time of the KJV; the RSV generally reserves the term for passionate evil desires, usually sexual (cf. the verb epithymeín; also LXX, Exod. 20:17; Deut. 5:21; see Covet). As in English, the Greek
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
LUST. The rendering of several Heb. and Gk. words with various meanings.1. In the KJV the term is sometimes used simply to express intense longing and desire; in those cases the NASB and NIV replace the word with various terms as appropriate (“desire,” or “want,” Ex. 15:9; Deut. 12:15; “greedy,” Num.
NAUGHTINESS. A KJV term appearing in 1 Sam. 17:28 (Heb. rôa˓, “badness”), Prov. 11:6 (Heb. hawwâ, “calamity,” “wickedness,” “evil desire”), and James 1:21 (Gk. kakia, “malice,” “ill will,” “vicious disposition”). The NASB and NIV translations are “wickedness” or “wicked” or “evil” (1 Sam. 17:28; James
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Lustsinful longing; the inward sin which leads to the falling away from God (Rom. 1:21). “Lust, the origin of sin, has its place in the heart, not of necessity, but because it is the centre of all moral forces and impulses and of spiritual activity.” In Mark 4:19 “lusts” are objects of desire.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
LUST — desire for what is forbidden; an obsessive sexual craving. Although there are legitimate desires for which God makes provision (Deut. 12:15, 20–21), lust refers to the desire for things that are contrary to the will of God. The “lust after evil things” (1 Cor. 10:6) of the Israelites in the wilderness
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
LUST5 Hebrew and 5 Greek words are so rendered, namely:1. ֫178ָנפֶשׁ‎ [nephesh],2. שְׁרִירוּת‎ [sheriruth],3. תַּאֲוָה‎ [ta’awah],4. חָמַד‎ [chamadh],5. אָוָה‎ [’awah];1. [ἐπιθυμία, epithumia],2. [ἡδονή, hedone],3. [ἐπιποθέω, epipotheo],4. [ὄρεξις, orexis],5. [πάθος, pathos]):
NAUGHT; NAUGHTY; NAUGHTINESS<not>, <no’-ti>, <nes>: In the sense of bad, worthless, worthlessness, the words in the King James Version represent the Hebrew רַעע, rà], changed in the Revised Version (British and American) to “bad” (2 Kings 2:19; Proverbs 20:14; Jeremiah 24:2), רֹעַע, roà],
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Lust denotes an irregular and depraved desire for impure pleasures. To keep ourselves free from this vice, we should avoid bad companionship, because “evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Cor. 15:33); and we make enemies to ourselves if we frequent society that may lead to our own destruction,
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Lusts. This word represents in Scripture those desires and passions which are unlawful (1 Cor. 10:6; 1 Pet. 2:11; 4:2; 2 Pet. 2:10), and that corruption of the heart which inclines to evil, and which is at once the effect and cause of sin (James 1:14, 15).
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
lust. An intense or even excessive desire or craving. Although the pursuit of sexual *pleasure is often equated with lust, the meaning of the term is not limited to this dimension. In *Christian ethics, lust is numbered among the *seven deadly sins.
Key passages
Job 31:1

“I made a covenant with my eyes, so how could I look closely upon a virgin?

Mt 5:28

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Ro 1:21–27

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their reasoning, and their senseless hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God with the likeness of an image of mortal human beings …

1 Pe 2:11

Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and temporary residents to abstain from fleshly desires which wage war against your soul,

1 Jn 2:16

because everything that is in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance of material possessions—is not from the Father, but is from the world.

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