The prostitute and one flesh (1 Cor. 6:16)

“Do you not know

That he who unites himself

To a prostitute

Becomes one body

With her?

It is written.

‘The two shall become

One flesh.’”

ἢ οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι ὁ κολλώμενος τῇ πόρνῃ ἓν σῶμά ἐστιν; Ἔσονται γάρ, φησίν, οἱ δύο εἰς σάρκα μίαν.

Paul asked them again.  Did you not know (ἢ οὐκ οἴδατε) that he who unites himself (ὅτι ὁ κολλώμενος) to a prostitute (τῇ πόρνῃ) becomes one body with her (ἓν σῶμά ἐστιν)?  It is written (Ἔσονται γάρ). “The two shall become one flesh (ἱ δύο εἰς σάρκα μίαν).”  Paul once again asked a simple question.  Didn’t they know that anyone who unites sexually with a prostitute becomes one body with her.  Paul used a citation from the Septuagint Genesis, chapter 2:24, to prove his point.  He seemed to imply that even a casual or paid sexual relationship brought on the same responsibilities as a marriage covenant that was permanent, fruitful, and exclusive.  Obviously, the consenting adults may not have seen the full consequences of their actions.  Paul was here to remind them that there are consequences to casual sex, even if not fully understood.  Do you think that there are consequences to casual sex affairs?

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