Bible Question:

What is the biblical definition of sodomite? Where is the proof in the Bible?

Bible Answer:

The term “sodomite” is taken from the city of Sodom. The definition of sodomite refers to anyone who engages in homosexual or lesbian acts.

Sin of Sodom

There is a document at this site entitled “Same Sex Patterns of Life.” It provides a biblical understanding of what happened at Sodom and the nature of the sin. The sin was homosexuality. The sin was males with males. Then later in the New Testament God it becomes clear that females are included.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. (NASB) Romans 1:26-27

The Bible explicitly describes the homosexual act. There is no doubt that God does not accept this sin.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NASB)

The Term Sodomite

The New King James Version (NKJV) translates the Greek word malakos in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 as “Sodomite.” malakos refers to a “soft or fancy homosexual,” or a “passive or receiving male partner in a homosexual intercourse act.” Consequently, the NKJV translated malakos as Sodomite.” This is an acceptable translation. It should be noted that the term sodomite does not explicitly occur in some other translations. Even though other Bibles may not translate malakos as “Sodomite,” that should not be a comfort because God rejects male with male or female with female sexual acts. A Sodomite is one who practices something that God has explicitly described as sin.


God hates all sin and we are all sinners. But God does not hate us. A homosexual or lesbian has God’s heart and love but He hates the sin. Apparently it is a degrading sin and one that is very hard to give up. If you know a homosexual or lesbian, I would encourage you to love them and tell them about Jesus.

Reference Links:

Is there a verse in the Bible about homosexuality?
Same Sex Patterns of Life
Peace With God
What is the meaning of effeminate and homosexual in 1 Corinthians 6:9?