flesh

flesh

The soft material of the body (Job 10:11). More narrowly, it can refer to the penis (Exod 28:42), foreskin (Gen 17:9-14), and hence sexual union (Gen 2:24) and generation (John 1:13). More broadly, it refers to the whole body or person as represented by the body (John 1:14), to one’s kin (Rom 9:3), to humanity and therefore what is human (Isa 40:5; Phil 3:3-4), and to humans and animals (Gen 6:17-20). Animal flesh is “meat” (Dan 10:3) or the meaty part of a sacrifice (Lev 6:24-27). “Flesh” connotes sensitivity (Ezek 11:19), superficiality (John 8:15), weakness (2Chr 32:8), and mortality (Ps 78:39). Paul also uses “flesh” for the urge to sin (Gal 5:19-21).

Job 10:11

11You clothed me with skin and flesh,
and knit me together with bones and sinews.

Exod 28:42

42You shall make for them linen undergarments to cover their naked flesh; they shall reach from the hips to the thighs;

Gen 17:9-14

9God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations.10This is my covenant, which you sh ... View more

Gen 2:24

24Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.

John 1:13

13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

John 1:14

14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.

Rom 9:3

3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh.

Isa 40:5

5Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Phil 3:3-4

3For it is we who are the circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh—4even though I, too, have ... View more

Gen 6:17-20

17For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on ... View more

Dan 10:3

3I had eaten no rich food, no meat or wine had entered my mouth, and I had not anointed myself at all, for the full three weeks.

Lev 6:24-27

24The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:25Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying: This is the ritual of the sin offering. The sin offering shall be slaughtered before th ... View more

Ezek 11:19

19I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them; I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,

John 8:15

15You judge by human standards; I judge no one.

2Chr 32:8

8With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” The people were encouraged by the words of King Hezekiah of ... View more

Ps 78:39

39He remembered that they were but flesh,
a wind that passes and does not come again.

Gal 5:19-21

19Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness,20idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, f ... View more

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