|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
(v. t.) To entice to evil; to lead astray; specifically, to induce to surrender chastity; to debauch by means of solicitation.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
se-dus', se-dus'-er (Hiphil of (Ta`ah, or ta`ah, "to err"; of pathah, "to be simple"; planao, apoplanao, "to lead astray"):
(1) The word "seduce" is only used in the Bible in its general meaning of "to lead astray," "to cause to err," as from the paths of truth, duty or religion. It occurs in the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American) Ezekiel 13:10 2 Kings 21:9; 1 Timothy 4:1 Revelation 2:20; in the King James Version only, Proverbs 12:26 (the Revised Version (British and American) "causeth to err"); Isaiah 19:13 (the Revised Version (British and American) "caused to go astray"); Mark 13:22 1 John 2:26 (the Revised Version (British and American) "lead astray"). The noun "seducer" (2 Timothy 3:13 the King James Version, goes) is correctly changed in the Revised Version (British and American) into "impostor."
(2) It is not found in its specific sense of "to entice a female to surrender her chastity." Yet the crime itself is referred to and condemned.
Three cases are to be distinguished:
(a) The seduction of an unbetrothed virgin: In this case the seducer cording to J-E (Exodus 22:16 f) is to be compelled to take the virgin as his wife, if the father consents, and to pay the latter the usual purchase price, the amount of which is not defined. In the Deuteronomic Code (Deuteronomy 22:28) the amount is fixed at 50 shekels, and the seducer forfeits the right of divorce.
(b) The seduction of a betrothed virgin: This case (Deuteronomy 22:23-27; not referred to in the other codes) is treated as virtually one of adultery, the virgin being regarded as pledged to her future husband as fully as if she were formally married to him; the penalty therefore is the same as for adultery, namely, death for both parties (except in the case where the girl can reasonably be acquitted of blame, in which case the man only is put to death).
(c) The seduction of a betrothed bondmaid (mentioned only in Leviticus 19:20-22): Here there is no infliction of death, because the girl was not free; but the seducer shall make a trespass offering, besides paying the fine.
See CRIMES; PUNISHMENTS.
D. Miall Edwards
Seduce (8 Occurrences)
Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. (KJV WBS YLT)
2 Peter 2:14 having eyes full of adultery, and unable to cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having an heart exercised in covetousnesses, children of a curse, (See NIV)
1 John 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. (KJV WBS)
Revelation 2:20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate your woman, Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. She teaches and seduces my servants to commit sexual immorality, and to eat things sacrificed to idols. (Root in WEB KJV ASV WBS)
Exodus 22:16 And if a man seduce a virgin that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall certainly endow her, to be his wife. (DBY NAS RSV NIV)
Deuteronomy 13:5 That prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death, because he has spoken rebellion against Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to draw you aside out of the way which Yahweh your God commanded you to walk in. So you shall put away the evil from the midst of you. (See NAS)
Deuteronomy 13:10 You shall stone him to death with stones, because he has sought to draw you away from Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. (See NAS)
Daniel 11:32 Such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he pervert by flatteries; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. (See RSV)