What does the word concupiscence mean in the Bible?

It is obviously not a word that we use in our modern vernacular, so how does it apply in our modern culture? In this article, you will discover the Best Concupiscence Definition and Meaning in the Bible.

This article is your Quick Reference Guide on the word, you will discover:

  • The Origin of the word – Concupiscence
  • The Definition fo the word – Concupiscence
  • The Scriptures that contain the word – Concupiscence

START HERE: This short video on the word will give you the basic overview of how to use the word in modern English, and give you some example sentences on how to work it in.

Now that you have watched that video, and have a stronger idea of how to use the word in context with its meaning, so let’s get into the origin, definition, and scriptures.

Origin of the word – Concupiscence

The word comes from the Greek word [epithumia] and is translated as “lust” 31 times, “desire” 3 times, “concupiscence” 3 times, and “lust after” 1 time.

While it generally considered to be an “old English” word, it can still be used appropriately in our language today. Although if you use it in a speech or report, you may want to either explain it or at least use it in an obvious context so as not to produce confusion and lose your audience.

Definition of the word – Concupiscence

Websters 1828 Dictionary defines the word “CONCUPISCENCE as, noun [Latin, to covet or lust after, to desire or covet.] Lust; unlawful or irregular desire of sexual pleasure. In a more general sense, the coveting of carnal things, or an irregular appetite for worldly good; inclination for unlawful enjoyments.”

So as an overview of the word, it has been suggested that concupiscence is the carnal desire for forbidden things. 

Variants of the word – Concupiscence

There are not many variants of the word, and if there were it would probably be even more difficult to use it in our modern language. Here is one variant.

CONCUPISCIBLE, a. “Exciting or impelling to the enjoyment of carnal pleasure; inclining to the attainment of pleasure or good; as concupiscible appetite.”

For the sake of clarity, if you do try to use this word in our culture today, you should probably stick to the base word rather than the variant.

Scriptures with the word – Concupiscence

Rom 7:8 “But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.”

Col 3:5 “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:”

1 Thess 4:5 “Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:”

Examples of the word used in a sentence:

Due to his constant struggle with immoral desires, he went to a counselor in an effort to control his concupiscence.

The atmosphere at the party that night was filled with concupiscence.

If it weren’t for her constant concupiscence, she would have made a great wife.


We hope that this article has been helpful in your study of the word and that now you can use it confidently and with understanding.

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