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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary Hebrew Lexicon
Strong's #2183 - זְנוּנִים
1) adultery, fornication, prostitution
1152) nz (זנ ZN) AC: Harvest CO: Mattock AB: ?: The pictograph z is a picture of an agricultural cutting implement such as the mattock or hoe. The n is a picture of a seed. Combined these mean "mattock of the seed". One of the many agricultural tools was a hoe or mattock. This implement had a wide blade for cutting a plant stalks at the roots. The crops were harvested for a supply of foods, which were stored in jars.
agm ) nzafm (מואזנ MWAZN) - Balance: A pair of scales used for weighing. From the ear as the place where balance is determined. [Hebrew and Aramaic] KJV (16): balances - Strongs: H3976 (מֹאזְנַיִם), H3977 (מֹאזְנֵא)
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
a., sexual Genesis 38:24 (J) Hosea 1:2 (twice in verse).
b. international Nahum 3:4 (twice in verse).
c. religious 2 Kings 9:22; Ezekiel 23:11,29; Hosea 2:4; Hosea 2:6; Hosea 4:12; Hosea 5:4.
זְנוּנִים m. pl. (from זָנָה with the addition of a formative נ, like קָצִין from קָצָה, אֶתְנָן from תָּנָה, see Lehrg. page 508).
(1) whoredoms, adulteries, Genesis 38:24. Hosea 1:2, אֵשֶׁת זְנוּנִים וְיַלְדֵי זְנוּנִים “a whorish wife and bastard children.” Hosea 2:6, 4:12 5:4. Hosea 2:4, וְתָסֵר זְנוּנֶיהָ מִפָּנֶיה “and let her remove her adulteries (i.e. vultus protervus; compare Hor. Carm. i. 19, 7. 8) from her face” (comp. Ezekiel 6:9).
(2) Used figuratively
(a) of idolatry, 1 Kings 9:22.
(b) of commerce with foreign nations, Nahum 3:4 compare the verb, Isaiah 23:17.