Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #4202: porneia (pronounced por-ni'-ah)

from 4203; harlotry (including adultery and incest); figuratively, idolatry:--fornication.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) illicit sexual intercourse

1a) adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc.

1b) sexual intercourse with close relatives; Lev. 18

1c) sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman; Mark 10:11,Mark 10:12

2) metaphorically the worship of idols

2a) of the defilement of idolatry, as incurred by eating the sacrifices offered to idols

Part of Speech: noun feminine

Relation: from G4203

Citing in TDNT: 6:579, 918


This word is used 27 times:

Matthew 5:32: "his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery:"
Matthew 15:19: "thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:"
Matthew 19:9: "his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another,"
Mark 7:21: "evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,"
John 8:41: "be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God."
Acts 15:20: "pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood."
Acts 15:29: "and from things strangled, and from fornication: from"
Acts 15:29: "and from things strangled, and from fornication: from"
Acts 21:25: "and from strangled, and from fornication."
Romans 1:29: "Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full"
1 Corinthians 5:1: "It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication"
1 Corinthians 5:1: "you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among"
1 Corinthians 6:13: "the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and"
1 Corinthians 6:18: "Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth"
1 Corinthians 7:2: "Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and"
2 Corinthians 12:21: "the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed."
Galatians 5:19: "which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,"
Ephesians 5:3: "But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named"
Colossians 3:5: "are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence,"
1 Thessalonians 4:3: "that ye should abstain from fornication:"
Revelation 2:21: "repent of her fornication; and she repented not."
Revelation 9:21: "sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their"
Revelation 14:8: "wine of the wrath of her fornication."
Revelation 17:2: "the wine of her fornication."
Revelation 17:4: "and filthiness of her fornication:"
Revelation 18:3: "of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the"
Revelation 19:2: "earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood"

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