Thematic Bible: Harlot (prostitute)


Thematic Bible



I'll punish her for the time she has devoted to the Baals, to whom she burned incense, and for whom she put on her earrings and jewels so she could go after her lovers and forget me," declares the LORD.

Look! A woman makes her way to meet him, dressed as a prostitute and intending to entrap him.

She sits at the entrance of her house, on a seat high above the city. She calls out to those passing by on the road, who are minding their own business, "Whoever is naive, turn in here!" And to anyone lacking sense, she says, read more.
"Stolen waters are sweet, and food eaten in secret is delicious."

It will happen at that time that Tyre will be forgotten for 70 years, the span of a king's life. Then, at the end of those 70 years, it will turn out for Tyre as in the prostitute's song: "Take a harp; walk around the city, you forgotten whore! Make sweet melody; sing many songs, and perhaps you'll be remembered."


The city along with everything in it is to be turned over to the LORD for destruction. Only Rahab the prostitute and everyone who is with her in her house may live, because she hid the scouts we sent.

By faith Rahab the prostitute did not die with those who were disobedient, because she had welcomed the spies with a greeting of peace.

So the king of Jericho sent for Rahab and ordered her, "Bring out the men who came to visit you and lodged in your house, because they've come to scout out the entire land." Now the woman had taken the two men and hid them. So she replied, "The men really did come to me, but I didn't know from where they came. At dusk, when it was time to close the city gates, the men left. I don't know where the men went. Go after them quickly, and you might overtake them." read more.
But she had taken them up to the roof and had hidden them among stalks of flax that she had laid out in order on the roof.

So the young men who had been scouts went in and brought Rahab out, along with her father, her mother, her brothers, and everyone else who was with her. They brought her entire family out and set them outside the camp of Israel.

But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, along with her family and everyone who was with her. Her family has lived in Israel ever since, because she hid the scouts whom Joshua sent to observe Jericho.


delivering you from the adulteress, from the immoral woman with her seductive words,

She is brazen and defiant her feet don't remain at home. Now she is in the street, now in the plazas, she lurks near every corner. So she grabs hold of him and kisses him, with a brazen face she speaks to him, read more.
"I have given my peace offerings, and today I fulfilled my vows. Therefore, I've come out to meet you, I've looked just for you, and I found you! I've decorated my bed with new coverings embroidered linen from Egypt. I've perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let's make love until dawn; let's comfort ourselves with love, because my husband isn't home. He left on a long trip. He took a fist full of cash and he'll return home in a month." She leads him astray with great persuasion; with flattering lips she seduces him. All of a sudden he follows her like an ox fit for slaughter or like a fool fit for a trap until an arrow pierces his liver. As a bird darts into a snare, he doesn't realize his fatal decision. So listen to me, my sons, and pay attention to what I have to say. Don't be led astray by her lifestyle, and don't imitate her behavior. For many are the victims whom she has conquered, and many are her slain. Her house leads to Sheol, descending to death's catacombs.

The foolish woman is loud, undisciplined, and without knowledge. She sits at the entrance of her house, on a seat high above the city. She calls out to those passing by on the road, who are minding their own business, read more.
"Whoever is naive, turn in here!" And to anyone lacking sense, she says, "Stolen waters are sweet, and food eaten in secret is delicious." But he does not realize that the dead lurk there, and her invited guests wind up in the depths of Sheol.


Don't be led astray by her lifestyle, and don't imitate her behavior. For many are the victims whom she has conquered, and many are her slain. Her house leads to Sheol, descending to death's catacombs.

For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil. But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead to Sheol. read more.
You aren't thinking about where her life is headed; her steps wander, but you do not realize it. Now, children, listen to me. Don't turn away from what I am saying. Keep far away from her, and don't go near the entrance to her house, so that you don't give your honor to others, and waste your best years; so that strangers don't enrich themselves at your expense, and your work won't end up the possession of foreigners. You will cry out in anguish when your end comes, when your flesh and body are consumed, and you will say, "How I hated instruction, and my heart rejected correction! I did not obey my teachers and did not listen to my instructors. Now I am at the point of utter disaster in the assembly and in the congregation." Drink water from your own cistern, and fresh water from your own well. Should your springs flow outside, or streams of water in the street? They should be for you alone and not for strangers who are with you. Let your fountain be blessed and enjoy the wife of your youth. Like a loving deer, a beautiful doe, let her breasts satisfy you all the time. Be constantly intoxicated by her love. Why should you be intoxicated by an adulteress, my son, and embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?


Don't bring the earnings of a female prostitute nor the income of a male prostitute into the house of the LORD your God as payment for any vow. Both of these are detestable to the LORD your God."


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