Part 86 It was asked, “What is the difference if any, in the meaning of the terms, ‘fornication’ and ‘adultery’?” Understanding the terms used in the Bible is paramount to comprehending the message of God, and whether or not an idea applies to a particular person. Current English usage of the word fornication in the dictionary is “illicit sexual intercourse on the part of an unmarried person,” and adultery is “voluntary sexual intercourse by a married man with another than his wife or by a married woman with another than her husband” (Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary). Let us consider how the Bible uses the terms and withdraw their meaning from a brief biblical word study.

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