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RSV translation of nokriya , which is also translated as strange woman (KJV), adulterous woman (Proverbs 23:27 ) (NAS), wayward wife (NIV), adulteress (NRSV), and immoral women (TEV) in Proverbs 2:16 ; Proverbs 5:20 ; Proverbs 6:24 ; Proverbs 7:5 ; Proverbs 23:27 ). Some see an adventuress as a woman who lives in part by her wits, but largely based upon sex. Others describe her as a woman who seeks social advancement or wealth by seduction or other immoral means. Solomon's wives were called nokriyoth —that is, foreign wives (1Kings 11:1,1 Kings 11:8 ), so the term may refer to women cut off or ostracized from Israelite society and normal social relationships. They are feared as ones who break up marriages.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Adventuress'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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