A systematic method of defining a word only by the Scriptures
Now we have received not the spirit of the world,
but the Spirit which is of God;
that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God...
comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1 Corinthians 2:12-13
Although, we all probably have an idea of what adultery is. In this article, we would like to search the Scriptures, and define "adultery" by the Scriptures alone. We are looking for verses that define the word. The goal should be to take that word and define it by the Scriptures.
Defining words by the Scriptures
To find the definition, we would like to search for those verses which will give a context. Let's represent the word "marriage" by "x". We would ideally like to find a verse that says:
x = a
where "a" is the definition of "x". However, many times, the Scripture does not give a clear definition. Therefore, our second option is to look for verses such as:
x + b = c
Where "x" is not explicitly defined, but if we know something about "b" and "c", we can infer what "x" is.
Since there are many uses of the word adultery in the Bible, we need to narrow our search to specifically look for two things:
Once we find the Hebrew word in the Old Testament, it is best to systematically start to look at the first place the word is used in the Bible, then go to the second, and so on.
A few comments on understanding the Scriptures...