Flesh

In the Old Testament denotes (1) a particular part of the body “of man and animals (Gen. 2:21; 41:2; Ps. 102:5, marg.); (2) the” “whole body (Ps. 16:9); (3) all living things having flesh, and” “particularly humanity as a whole (Gen. 6:12, 13); (4) mutability” and weakness (2 Chr. 32:8; comp. Isa. 31:3; Ps. 78:39). As suggesting the idea of softness it is used in the expression “heart of flesh (Ezek. 11:19). The expression “my flesh and” “bone” (Judg. 9:2; Isa. 58:7) denotes relationship.” “In the New Testament, besides these it is also used to denote “the sinful element of human nature as opposed to the “Spirit” “(Rom. 6:19; Matt. 16:17). Being “in the flesh” means being” “unrenewed (Rom. 7:5; 8:8, 9), and to live “according to the” “flesh” is to live and act sinfully (Rom. 8:4, 5, 7, 12).” “This word also denotes the human nature of Christ (John 1:14, The Word was made flesh. Comp. also 1 Tim. 3:16; Rom. 1:3).

A many-pronged fork used in the sacrificial services (1 Sam. “2:13, 14; Ex. 27:3; 38:3) by the priest in drawing away the” “flesh. The fat of the sacrifice, together with the breast and” “shoulder (Lev. 7:29-34), were presented by the worshipper to the” “priest. The fat was burned on the alter (3:3-5), and the breast” and shoulder became the portion of the priests. But Hophni and “Phinehas, not content with this, sent a servant to seize with a” flesh-hook a further portion.

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