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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(v. t.) To entice to evil; to lead astray; specifically, to induce to surrender chastity; to debauch by means of solicitation.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

se-dus', se-dus'-er (Hiphil of (Ta`ah, or ta`ah, "to err"; of pathah, "to be simple"; planao, apoplanao, "to lead astray"):

(1) The word "seduce" is only used in the Bible in its general meaning of "to lead astray," "to cause to err," as from the paths of truth, duty or religion. It occurs in the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American) Ezekiel 13:10 2 Kings 21:9; 1 Timothy 4:1 Revelation 2:20; in the King James Version only, Proverbs 12:26 (the Revised Version (British and American) "causeth to err"); Isaiah 19:13 (the Revised Version (British and American) "caused to go astray"); Mark 13:22 1 John 2:26 (the Revised Version (British and American) "lead astray"). The noun "seducer" (2 Timothy 3:13 the King James Version, goes) is correctly changed in the Revised Version (British and American) into "impostor."

(2) It is not found in its specific sense of "to entice a female to surrender her chastity." Yet the crime itself is referred to and condemned.

Three cases are to be distinguished:

(a) The seduction of an unbetrothed virgin: In this case the seducer cording to J-E (Exodus 22:16 f) is to be compelled to take the virgin as his wife, if the father consents, and to pay the latter the usual purchase price, the amount of which is not defined. In the Deuteronomic Code (Deuteronomy 22:28) the amount is fixed at 50 shekels, and the seducer forfeits the right of divorce.

(b) The seduction of a betrothed virgin: This case (Deuteronomy 22:23-27; not referred to in the other codes) is treated as virtually one of adultery, the virgin being regarded as pledged to her future husband as fully as if she were formally married to him; the penalty therefore is the same as for adultery, namely, death for both parties (except in the case where the girl can reasonably be acquitted of blame, in which case the man only is put to death).

(c) The seduction of a betrothed bondmaid (mentioned only in Leviticus 19:20-22): Here there is no infliction of death, because the girl was not free; but the seducer shall make a trespass offering, besides paying the fine.


D. Miall Edwards

1818. exapatao -- to seduce wholly, deceive
... to seduce wholly, deceive. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: exapatao Phonetic
Spelling: (ex-ap-at-ah'-o) Short Definition: I deceive thoroughly Definition ...
// - 7k

635. apoplanao -- to cause to go astray
... mislead, seduce. From apo and planao; to lead astray (figuratively); passively,
to stray (from truth) -- err, seduce. see GREEK apo. see GREEK planao. ...
// - 7k

4105. planao -- to cause to wander, to wander
... wandering (1). deceive, err, seduce, wander. From plane; to (properly, cause
to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue) -- go astray ...
// - 9k

374. anapeitho -- to persuade
... Transliteration: anapeitho Phonetic Spelling: (an-ap-i'-tho) Short Definition: I
urge by evil persuasion, I tempt Definition: I persuade, incite, seduce, tempt ...
// - 5k

3179. methistemi -- to change, pervert
... Methistano meth-is-tan'-o from meta and histemi; to transfer, ie Carry away, depose
or (figuratively) exchange, seduce -- put out, remove, translate, turn away ...
// - 6k

4812. sulagogeo -- to carry off as spoil
... take spoils. From the base of sulao and (the reduplicated form of) ago; to lead
away as booty, ie (figuratively) seduce -- spoil. see GREEK sulao. see GREEK ago ...
// - 7k

4879. sunapago -- to lead away with, fig. to be carried away with ...
... carry away, condescend. From sun and apago; to take off together, ie Transport with
(seduce, passively, yield) -- carry (lead) away with, condescend. ...
// - 7k

868. aphistemi -- to lead away, to depart from
... away, to depart from. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: aphistemi Phonetic Spelling:
(af-is'-tay-mee) Short Definition: I lead away, seduce, depart, abstain ...
// - 7k

Strong's Hebrew
8582. taah -- to err
... cause to go astray, deceive, dissemble, cause to, make to err, seduce. A
primitive root; to vacillate, ie Reel or stray (literally ...
/hebrew/8582.htm - 6k

2937. taah -- to wander, stray
... root Definition to wander, stray NASB Word Usage misled (1). seduce. A primitive
root; to wander;,causatively to lead astray -- seduce. 2936, 2937. ...
/hebrew/2937.htm - 5k

5377. nasha -- to lend on interest, be a creditor
... beguile, deceive, greatly, utterly. A primitive root; to lead astray, ie (mentally)
to delude, or (morally) to seduce -- beguile, deceive, X greatly, X utterly. ...
/hebrew/5377.htm - 6k

5496. suth -- to incite, allure, instigate
... Perhaps denominative from shayith; properly, to prick, ie (figuratively) stimulate;
by implication, to seduce -- entice, move, persuade, provoke, remove, set on ...
/hebrew/5496.htm - 6k

5080. nadach -- to impel, thrust, banish
... away (2), drive (3), driven (11), driven away (5), hunted (1), led...astray (1),
outcast (2), outcasts (6), scatter (1), scattered (4), seduce (2), seduced (1 ...
/hebrew/5080.htm - 6k


That the Passions which Assail the Souls of Christians do not ...
... Book IX. Chapter 5."That the Passions Which Assail the Souls of Christians
Do Not Seduce Them to Vice, But Exercise Their Virtue. ...
/.../augustine/city of god/chapter 5 that the passions which.htm

Of the Binding and Loosing of the Devil.
... "After that," says John, "he must be loosed a little season." If the binding and
shutting up of the devil means his being made unable to seduce the Church ...
// of god/chapter 8 of the binding and.htm

What is Written in the Revelation of John Regarding the Two ...
... serpent, which is called the devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,""that
is, bridled and restrained his power so that he could not seduce and gain ...
// of god/chapter 7 what is written in.htm

The Danger of Deviating from Divine Institutions.
... Thus was the tempter laboring, through the instrumentality of his agents, to seduce
the Colossians, when this epistle was written, and it is chiefly intended ...
/.../lee/sermons on various important subjects/sermon xxviii the danger of.htm

From the Seventeenth Chapter.
... He shall not know the lust of women, although before he was most impure, and he
shall know no God of his fathers: for he will not be able to seduce the people ...
/.../from the seventeenth chapter.htm

From the Twentieth Chapter.
... Moreover, that he says that he is bound and shut up, that he may not seduce the
nations, the nations signify the Church, seeing that of them it itself is formed ...
/.../commentary on the apocolypse of the blessed john/from the twentieth chapter.htm

John Chapter x. 10-Jan
... Therefore would such also, if they chanced to seduce any, seduce them to
be slaughtered and murdered, not to be brought into liberty. ...
/.../augustine/homilies on the gospel of john/tractate xlv john chapter x.htm

John Chapter vii. 14-18
... [572] For if to seduce is to deceive, neither was Christ a seducer, nor His apostles,
nor ought any Christian to be such; but if to seduce (to lead aside) is ...
/.../augustine/homilies on the gospel of john/tractate xxix john chapter vii.htm

The Story of a Maiden of Corinth, and a Certain Magistrianus.
... And when he failed in these too, and was unable to seduce her from her confession
of Christ, the cruel judge became furious against her, and gave her over to a ...
/.../the extant works and fragments of hippolytus/the story of a maiden.htm

Whether Temperance is a Special virtue?
... difference between temperance and fortitude, even if we take them both as general
virtues: since temperance withdraws man from things which seduce the appetite ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether temperance is a special.htm

Seduce (8 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. SEDUCE; SEDUCER. ... See CRIMES; PUNISHMENTS. D.
Miall Edwards. Multi-Version Concordance Seduce (8 Occurrences). ...
/s/seduce.htm - 12k

... chastity of a woman by enticements and persuasions. Int. Standard Bible
Encyclopedia. SEDUCE; SEDUCER. se-dus', se-dus'-er (Hiphil of (Ta ...
/s/seducer.htm - 9k

Seduced (7 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (imp. & pp) of Seduce. Multi-Version Concordance
Seduced (7 Occurrences). Deuteronomy 13:13 Certain base ...
/s/seduced.htm - 8k

Crimes (22 Occurrences)
... ta`ah, "to dissemble," "seduce," and Ta`ah, with the same meaning; apoplanao, "to
lead astray"; planao, "to go astray," "deceive," "err," "seduce"; and goes ...
/c/crimes.htm - 44k

Crime (45 Occurrences)
... ta`ah, "to dissemble," "seduce," and Ta`ah, with the same meaning; apoplanao, "to
lead astray"; planao, "to go astray," "deceive," "err," "seduce"; and goes ...
/c/crime.htm - 51k

Notwithstanding (37 Occurrences)
... 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 ...
/n/notwithstanding.htm - 18k

Idolatry (14 Occurrences)
... their hands were to strike the first blow when, on the evidence of two witnesses
at least, he was stoned (Deuteronomy 17:2-7). To attempt to seduce others to ...
/i/idolatry.htm - 21k

Tempt (18 Occurrences)
... 1. (vt) To put to trial; to prove; to test; to try. 2. (vt) To lead, or endeavor
to lead, into evil; to entice to what is wrong; to seduce. ...
/t/tempt.htm - 15k

... But the king's officer followed him, and by offers of the king's friendship
and great rewards sought to seduce the people into idolatry. ...
/m/modin.htm - 10k

Betray (29 Occurrences)
... into error or sin. 6. (vt) To lead astray, as a maiden; to seduce (as under
promise of marriage) and then abandon. 7. (vt) To show ...
/b/betray.htm - 17k

Seduce (8 Occurrences)

Mark 13:22
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

2 Peter 2:14
having eyes full of adultery, and unable to cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having an heart exercised in covetousnesses, children of a curse,
(See NIV)

1 John 2:26
These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.

Revelation 2:20
But I have this against you, that you tolerate your woman, Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. She teaches and seduces my servants to commit sexual immorality, and to eat things sacrificed to idols.

Exodus 22:16
And if a man seduce a virgin that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall certainly endow her, to be his wife.

Deuteronomy 13:5
That prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death, because he has spoken rebellion against Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to draw you aside out of the way which Yahweh your God commanded you to walk in. So you shall put away the evil from the midst of you.
(See NAS)

Deuteronomy 13:10
You shall stone him to death with stones, because he has sought to draw you away from Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
(See NAS)

Daniel 11:32
Such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he pervert by flatteries; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
(See RSV)



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