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What is lasciviousness? Isn't this part of our sinfulness? There is no aspect of our being that sin has not infected. Jesus said, "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” This is the depth of our sinfulness! Matthew S. Harmon I believe lasciviousness is being referred to in Proverbs: Prov. 5:3-5, 8-13; Prov. 7:6-27. In Eph 4:19 Paul refers to some aged ones so covetous, that they made trade of themselves by giving "themselves up to lasciviousness." The same word is translated "wantonness" in Rom 13:13, meaning wanton manner, filthy words, unchaste movements of the body. Peter (1 Pet 4:3) mentions those who "walked in lasciviousness, lusts, winebibbings, revellings, carousings, and abominable idolatries." He speaks (2 Pet 2:2) of "lascivious doings" (the King James Version "pernicious ways"); (2 Pet 2:7) "lascivious life" (the King James Version "filthy conversation"); and (2 Pet 2:18) of "lasciviousness" (the King James Version "wantonness"), as a means "to entice in the lusts of the flesh." Jude 1:4 probably does not refer to any form of sensuality in using the word descriptive of "ungodly men" who perverted the faith of some and denied our only Master. See Michael's reference to Jude 4. William Edward Raffety
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