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Is Premarital Sex A Sin?

“If a man seduces a virgin who is not pledged to be married and sleeps with her, he must pay the bride-price, and she shall be his wife. If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he must still pay the bride-price for virgins. Exodus 22:16-17

If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days. Deuteronomy 22:28-29

When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive, And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails; And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife. And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not make merchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her. Deuteronomy 21:10-14


Fornication Defined
The word fornication was either a bad translation or the meaning of the word changed over time. Most translations more accurately translate the word porneia to sexual immorality. Fornication today is defined as sexual intercourse with 2 unmarried people. But Jesus' words refute this definition.

And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. Matthew 19:9
This verse suggests to me that fornication can take place within a marriage. Based on Jesus' own words, the modern definition of fornication is incorrect. This verse defines fornication as adultery. We will show that a few other forms of illicit sex is also included by the term fornication as well.

Fornication is linked in scripture to prostitution, harlotry, and whoredom. It is also accompanied by a mention of many people being involved. A harlot is defined as a prostitute. A whore is defined as a prostitute. A prostitute is defined as a woman who engages in sexual activity for payment. 

And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth. Isaiah 23:17

But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. Ezekiel 16:15

Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger. Ezekiel 16:26

Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied. Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith. How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman; Ezekiel 16:28-30

For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. Revelation 18:3

With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. Revelation 17:2

For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. Revelation 19:2

Nowhere in scripture is fornication linked to premarital sex. Fornication is better translated as sexual immorality from the word porneia as most translations have done. So let's see what the Bible defines as sexual immorality, or illicit sex, or forbidden sex, or fornication.

Sexual Immorality - Leviticus 18
No Adultery (sex with someone else's wife)
No Homosexuality 
No Beastiality 
No Incest
No sex with woman on their monthly period (uncleanness)
No Idolatry 

Premarital sex, sex outside of marriage with an unmarried woman, taking multiple wives, masterbation - none of these are mentioned as being sexually immoral.

All the versus below that are translated as fornication but should be translated as sexual immorality are referencing the sins listed in the Torah in Leviticus 18. So let's now look at these versus with a different set of glasses and see if we can find anything in regards to premarital sex being prohibited in the Bible.

More Fornication Versus 
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, 
1 Corinthians 6:9
Pornos = Male prostitutes

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 1 Corinthians 6:18
Porneia = sexual immorality 

It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. 1 Corinthians 5:1
Porneia = sexual immorality
Fornication is defined as incest in this verse.

Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 1 Corinthians 10:8
Porneuo = sexual immorality 

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Galatians 5:19
Porneia = sexual immorality 

Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. John 8:41
Porneia = sexual immorality 

But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. Acts 15:20
Porneia = sexual immorality 

That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. Acts 15:29
Porneia = sexual immorality 

As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication. Acts 21:25
Porneia = sexual immorality 

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Ephesians 5:3
Porneia = sexual immorality 

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: Colossians 3:5
Porneia = sexual immorality 

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 1 Thessalonians 4:3
Porneia = sexual immorality 

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 1:7
Ekporneuo = whoredom
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