My findings on the word Sodomite and Arsenokoites.
I’m really keen on using the very Book that is used against us to diffuse the clobber passages and this is a short version of 2 findings. I know we have a reference section but felt to post this here for feedback and instant access and viewing. Let me know what you think. 😉
The Hebrew definition of the word sodomite is this: Strongs: From H6942; a (quasi) sacred person, that is, (technically) a (male) devotee (by prostitution) to licentious idolatry: – sodomite, unclean.
Deu_23:17 There shall beH1961 noH3808 whoreH6948 of the daughtersH4480 H1323 of Israel,H3478 norH3808 a sodomiteH6945 of the sonsH4480 H1121 of Israel.H3478
Now the word its taken from H6942 says: A primitive root; to be (causatively make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally): – appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, defile, hallow, (be, keep) holy (-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify (-ied one, self), X wholly.
Now this would’ve been Pauls understanding of the word Sodomite, a Temple Prostitute…….It certainly doesn’t imply a Homosexual Orientation. The fact that they call a Temple Prostitute a Sodomite should make you think, to what level did Sodom practice this for it to be used as a word to describe someone such. Interesting thought. As we know the sin of Sodom is found in Ezekiel.
Lets look at Arsenokoites, as you will see it is a word made of two words with one being a joining word, it is not a whole word:
From G730 and G2845; a sodomite: – abuser of (that defile) self with mankind.
So even strongs seperates it into two greek words: g730: Probably from G142; male (as stronger for lifting): – male, man.
G2845: From G2749; a couch; by extension cohabitation; by implication the male sperm: – bed, chambering, X conceive.
G2749: Middle voice of a primary verb; to lie outstretched (literally or figuratively): – be (appointed, laid up, made, set), lay, lie. Compare G5087.
G5087: A prolonged form of a primary word ???? theo? (which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses); to place (in the widest application, literally and figuratively; properly in a passive or horizontal posture, and thus different from G2476, which properly denotes an upright and active position, while G2749 is properly reflexive and utterly prostrate): – + advise, appoint, bow, commit, conceive, give, X kneel down, lay (aside, down, up), make, ordain, purpose, put, set (forth), settle, sink down.
Did you get all that LOL :p
So if we are to go by Pauls understanding, he was explaining a male temple prostitute in Greek from his understanding in Hebrew the best way he could, no wonder they’ve never been able to find this actual word by defination.
The kjv is the closest to a proper translation:
1Co 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Notice how it says “abusers” well to me abuse is abuse not cohabitational sex out of relationship, it could also be humans abusing themselves with humans, I looked up mankind and it refers to humans but the word Arsenokoites is used so we know it couldn’t be that. Very few translations translate this as male prostitute although looking at it it could even mean promiscuous male sex.
1Ti 1:10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, (nkjv)
Again we see Sodomite to describe Arsenokoites.
So there it is. Romans is the only one that doesn’t use the word Arsenokoites only Arsen and Arrhen, one being giver the other receiver as per strongs. If you read Romans 1 leading up to this, the theme is Idolatry, so what would that lead you to think? Temple Prostitutes both men and women mentioned here, Paul gives a full description in Romans so why would he need to use the word Arsenokoites like in Corinthians or Timothy.
There you go, food for thought. 🙂 This is the reason I prefer the kjv,nkjv with a good interlinear and strongs.