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How many times is fornication condemned in the Bible?

Asked by VisionaryAdvait (167 points ) October 15th, 2009

How many times is fornication condemned in the Bible explicitly and listed with other “sins”?

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dpworkin's avatar

There are textual devices known as concordances that list the number of times each word appears in a particular text. I suggest that you do a search with the terms “concordance” and “Bible”, and I believe you will find what you are looking for.

Ria777's avatar

and for my part, I suggest that ye not fornicate lest ye find yourself eternally tormented in the Lake of Fire.

timtrueman's avatar

My only question is this: is the number of times fornication condemned more or less than the number of times the Bible describes fornication? I would guess less…

SpatzieLover's avatar

@timtrueman it seems to me @pdworkin gave you a GA.

dpworkin's avatar

Certain concordances show context.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@timtrueman This one looks like it would be of use

dpworkin's avatar

@SpatzieLover that was very generous of you.

scamp's avatar

As far as I know, the bible condemns it every time!

sorry, I couldn’t resist :P

ragingloli's avatar

the bible condemns a lot of things. curiously, sex with children is not one of them. i would not take the bible seriously if I were you.

BhacSsylan's avatar

@timtrueman Well, there’s the entire Song of Solomon. Not sure sure if it precisely mentions fornication, per se, but it’s an entire book of the bible about sex and how good it is. To quote Keeping Mum (great movie, btw):

Grace Hawkins: Have you thought about sex?
Reverend Walter Goodfellow: What?
Grace Hawkins: The Bible. It’s full of sex, haven’t you noticed? Song of Solomon?
Reverend Walter Goodfellow: Ah yes, but that’s a song between a devout man and God.
Grace Hawkins: No. It’s about sex. You read it again vicar.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@pdworkin Some people need a hand holding..others a slap in the forehead ;)

DarkScribe's avatar

In the King James edition the word is used 32 times. Much of it is descriptive or conditional, not a condemnation.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

I would assume every time, considering that the bible is the most humorless book in existence.

DarkScribe's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra I would assume every time, considering that the bible is the most humorless book in existence.

It would make a script for an adults only soap opera.

dpworkin's avatar

You are very, very welcome, @VisionaryAdvait

mattbrowne's avatar

Actually Jesus condemned no one. To him a prostitute or a tax collector were also human beings. When someone cheated, he still didn’t reject someone. He just said, be sorry and don’t do it again. The “Let the one without sin cast the first stone.” remark is quite remarkable. Now consider how some people talk about the IRS today.

valdasta's avatar

Why is it important to know the “number” of times…?

DarkScribe's avatar

@valdasta Why is it important to know the “number” of times…?

To know how many rules have been broken?

valdasta's avatar

@DarkScribe is your response meant to be cute or an addition to my question? [It is late where I am at…feeling a bit dull] Can you explain?

Oh, of those “32” times that you mentioned earlier, where “fornication” is mentioned it should be noted that there are two types fornication. One is the obvious: sex outside the confines of marriage. The other is spiritual fornication: As when a nation(s) gets in bed with another nation (particularly an ungodly nation – Revelation 18:3).

DarkScribe's avatar

@valdasta is your response meant to be cute or an addition to my question?

It is postulating – suggesting a reason for the query.

Aster's avatar

@mattbrowne thanks for that!!!! I started getting a little nervous.

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