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Bible Dictionary: Define Extortioner, Definition of Extortioner


Define Extortioner:

  1. The word is used three times in the KJV.   
  3. In Psalm 109:11, it means a creditor.   
  5. In Isaiah 16:4 and 1 Corinthians 5:11, it has to do with oppression, squeezing, and robbery.  

Psalm 109:11 Let the extortioner [nashah] catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.  

05383 השׁנ nashah naw-shaw'  
a primitive root [rather identical with 05382, in the sense of 05378]; v; {See TWOT on 1427}  
AV-exact 3, lend 3, lend on usury 2, creditor 2,  extortioner 1, taker of usury 1, usurer 1; 13  
1) to lend, be a creditor  
1a1) to lend  
1a2) creditor (participle) (subst)

Isaiah 16:4 Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner [muwts] is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.

04160 ץומ muwts moots  
a primitive root; v; {See TWOT on 1162}  
AV-extortioner 1; 1  
1) squeezer, extortioner, oppressor

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written to you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner [harpax]; with such an one no not to eat.

727 αρπαξ harpax har'-pax  
from 726;; adj  
AV-extortioner 4, ravening 1; 5  
1) rapacious, ravenous  
2) an extortioner, a robber

rapacious ra·pa·cious (r -p sh s). adj. 1. Taking by force; plundering. 2. Greedy; ravenous. 3. Subsisting on live prey  

ravenous rav·en·ous (r v -n s). adj. 1. Extremely hungry; voracious. 2. Rapacious; predatory. 3. Greedy for gratification: ravenous for power.  

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