Food and the stomach (1 Cor. 6:13)

“‘Food is meant

For the stomach.

The stomach is meant

For food.’

God will destroy

Both one

And the other.

The body is meant

Not for immorality,

But for the Lord.

The Lord is

For the body.”

τὰ βρώματα τῇ κοιλίᾳ, καὶ ἡ κοιλία τοῖς βρώμασιν· ὁ δὲ Θεὸς καὶ ταύτην καὶ ταῦτα καταργήσει. τὸ δὲ σῶμα οὐ τῇ πορνείᾳ ἀλλὰ τῷ Κυρίῳ, καὶ ὁ Κύριος τῷ σώματι·

Paul said that foods (τὰ βρώματα) were meant for the stomach or the belly (τῇ κοιλίᾳ).  The stomach or belly (καὶ ἡ κοιλία) was meant for foods (τοῖς βρώμασιν).  God (ὁ δὲ Θεὸς) will destroy (καταργήσει) both one (καὶ ταύτην) and the other (καὶ ταῦτα).  The body (τὸ δὲ σῶμα) was meant not for sexual immorality (οὐ τῇ πορνείᾳ), but for the Lord (ἀλλὰ τῷ Κυρίῳ).  The Lord (καὶ ὁ Κύριος) is for the body (τῷ σώματι).  Perhaps, this was another Corinthian saying about food and the body.  Paul indicated that God would destroy both food and the belly.  Then Paul made an important point.  The body was not made for sexual immorality.  The body belonged to the Lord.  If the resurrection of the body was to take place, the Lord should have control over their bodies.  Immorality spoiled the body that belonged to the Lord.  As the body was consecrated at Baptism to the Lord, like a marriage covenant, this unfaithful sexual immorality makes it unfit for the Lord.  Is your body fit for the Lord?

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