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sin'-er (chaTTa; hamartolos, "devoted to sin," "erring one"):

In the New Testament, in addition to its ordinary significance of one that sins (Luke 5:8; 13:2; Romans 5:8,19; 1 Timothy 1:15; Hebrews 7:26), the term is applied to those who lived in disregard of ceremonial prescription (Matthew 9:10,11; Mark 2:15; Luke 5:30; Galatians 2:15); to those stained with certain definite vices or crimes, as the publicans (Luke 15:2; 18:13; 19:7); to the heathen (Matthew 26:45; Galatians 2:15; compare Tobit 13:6; 1 Macc 1:34; 2 Macc 2:48,62); to the preeminently sinful (Mark 8:38; John 9:24,31; Galatians 2:17; 1 Timothy 1:9; Jude 1:15). It was the Jewish term for a woman of ill-fame (Luke 7:37; compare Matthew 21:32, where it is stated that such had come even to John's baptism also). For the general Biblical conception of the term, see SIN.

M. O. Evans

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'SINNER'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.  

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