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Greek: ἐπιθυμέω —transliteration: epithumeó —meaning: to show focused passion on what one truly yearns for; lust after; to greatly desire to do or have something; to covet something

Greek: ἐπιθυμία —transliteration: epithumia —meaning: passion built on strong feelings (urges/desires); passionate longing; lust

Hebrew: תַּאֲוָה —transliteration: taavah —meaning: a desire; longing for; lust; covetousness

Hebrew: אָוָה —transliteration: avah —meaning: desire; crave; longing; lust after

Hebrew: חָמַד —transliteration: chamad —meaning: to desire; covet; lustful desire; delight

Lust is an inward sin of desire which leads to a falling away from God. One may have a lust for money, extravagance, wordly prestige or importance, power/dominance, sensual or sexual pleasures, someone or some thing, etc.

…became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened… Romans 1:21 NKJV

“Lust, the origin of sin, has its place in the heart, not of necessity, but because it is the center of all moral forces and impulses and of spiritual activity.” —Matthew Easton, Easton’s Bible Dictionary

In Mark 4:19 “lusts” are objects of desire.

…the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. —Mark 4:19 KJV

NKJV: …the desires for other things…

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Article Version: October 15, 2019