G1937 – epithumeo – ἐπιθυμέω to lust, covet

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from G1909 and G2372
G4203, fornicate
G3431, to commit adultery
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Find “epithumeo” in the Bible (New Testament)

Equip God’s People Greek Lexicon

1) to lust (i.e., intense sexual desire)
2) covet (i.e., to strongly desire what isn’t yours)
3) literally: to be over-passionate

Word Picture:
The idea here is that someone has an intense/uncontrollable desire for something or someone that isn’t properly theirs. When referencing sexual desire, it can be the desire leading to fornication (i.e., desiring someone that is not their spouse), adultery (i.e., desiring someone else’s spouse).

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Strong’s Greek Lexicon

from G1909 and G2372; to set the heart upon, i.e. long for (rightfully or otherwise):—covet, desire, would fain, lust (after).

Owing to changes in the enumeration while in progress, there were no words left for numbers 2717 and 3203–3302, which were therefore silently dropped out of the vocabulary and references as redundant.

Thayer’s Greek Definitions

1) to turn upon a thing
2) to have a desire for, long for, to desire
3) to lust after, covet
3a) of those who seek things forbidden

Thayer’s Definitions are as edited by the Online Bible of Winterbourne, Ontario. They removed the etymology, cross-references, and Greek phrases and changed some of Thayer’s Unitarian doctrinal positions concerning the work and person of Christ.