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Prostitute

PROSTITUTE. A word that, with “whore” and “harlot,” is designated by four terms in the OT: (1) zonah, the most frequently used; (2) qedēshâh, a religious harlot, a priestess of a heathen religion in which fornication was part of worship (Gen.38.21-Gen.38.22; Deut.23.17); (3) ishshah zarah, or zarah alone, a “strange woman” (so kjv; niv usually “wayward wife” or “adulteress”), a term found only in the [[Book of Proverbs]]; (4) nokhriyah, “stranger,” “foreigner,” a word also used in Proverbs, evidently also meaning “harlot.” The NT word is pornē (“one sold,” “fornicator”).