Fornication

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The free bread of Rome doled out to the members of the temples was at the heart of the Christian conflict. Christ forbid us to be like the Benefactors of the world who exercised authority nor should we eat at their table which Paul and David told us was a snare. Such systems were covetous practices that would make us merchandise and curse children. Living by force is not the same as living by faith. Repenting meant we could not think like the Pharisees and live by their Corban. To eat the things sacrificed to these idolatrous systems was fornication and if we would become accustomed to living at the expense of others like the Romans we would become perfect savages too.

The word fornication appears mostly in the New Testament used by Paul. The Greek word is porneiaes(πορνεία)[1] which can mean "illicit sexual intercourse" but is also a metaphor describing "the worship of idols". We know that the worship of idols and idolatry often had to do with membership in one of the temples and that these temples provided a variety of government services including the free bread of Rome and other welfare services including recordkeeping to determine who was eligible for those services of the Roman or other governments.

There is also the verb porneuo (πορνεύω) [2] which we see in several verses which can mean "to prostitute one’s body" but is also a metaphor for "to be given to idolatry, to worship idols".

Even the word porne (πόρνη)[3]can mean "a woman who sells her body for sexual uses" but is also a metaphor for "an idolatress" and even "Babylon" i.e. Rome, the chief seat of idolatry sometimes associated with Balaam.


Appearances

2 Chronicles 21:11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.

Isaiah 23:17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.

Ezekiel 16:26 Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.

Ezekiel 16:29 Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith.

New Testament

Matthew 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

Matthew 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

John 8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Acts 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

Acts 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

Acts 21:25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.

1 Corinthians 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

1 Corinthians 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

1 Corinthians 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

2 Corinthians 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

Revelation 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Revelation 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Revelation 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Revelation 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Revelation 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

Revelation 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

Revelation 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

Revelation 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

Revelation 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
  1. 4202 ~πορνεία~ porneia \@por-ni’-ah\@ from 4203; TDNT-6:579,918; {See TDNT 654} n f AV-fornication 26; 26
    1) illicit sexual intercourse
    1a) adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc.
    1b) sexual intercourse with close relatives; #Le 18:6-23
    1c) sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman; #Mr 10:11,12
    2) metaph. the worship of idols
    2a) of the defilement of idolatry, as incurred by eating the sacrifices offered to idols
  2. 4203 ~πορνεύω~ porneuo \@porn-yoo’-o\@ from 4204; TDNT-6:579,918; {See TDNT 654} v AV-commit fornication 7, commit 1; 8
    1) to prostitute one’s body to the lust of another
    2) to give one’s self to unlawful sexual intercourse
    2a) to commit fornication
    3) metaph. to be given to idolatry, to worship idols
    3a) to permit one’s self to be drawn away by another into idolatry
    4204 ~πόρνη~ porne \@por’-nay\@ from 4205; TDNT-6:579,918; {See TDNT 654} n f AV-harlot 8, whore 4; 12
    1) a woman who sells her body for sexual uses
    1a) a prostitute, a harlot, one who yields herself to defilement for the sake of gain
    1b) any woman indulging in unlawful sexual intercourse, whether for gain or for lust
    2) metaph. an idolatress
    2a) of "Babylon" i.e. Rome, the chief seat of idolatry
  3. 4204 ~πόρνη~ porne \@por’-nay\@ from 4205; TDNT-6:579,918; {See TDNT 654} n f AV-harlot 8, whore 4; 12
    1) a woman who sells her body for sexual uses
    1a) a prostitute, a harlot, one who yields herself to defilement for the sake of gain
    1b) any woman indulging in unlawful sexual intercourse, whether for gain or for lust
    2) metaph. an idolatress
    2a) of "Babylon" i.e. Rome, the chief seat of idolatry
    See fornication, adultery