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This word has various meanings and uses in the Bible.

In the Old Testament, it denotes…

  1. literal flesh

    A spirit hath not flesh and bones (Luke 24:39 KJV)

    the non-bony part of the human body

    then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. (Genesis 2:21 NASB)

    The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” (Genesis 2:23 NASB)

    the non-bony part of animals

    Now the Egyptians are men and not God, And their horses are flesh and not spirit… (Isaiah 31:3 NASB)

  2. humanity as a whole

    God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. (Genesis 6:12 NASB)

    Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.” (Genesis 6:13 NASB)

  3. creatures, including humans

    I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish. (Genesis 6:17 NASB)

  4. different kinds of animals

    And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark… (Genesis 6:19 NASB)

  5. the whole body

    …my flesh also shall rest in hope… (Psalm 16:9 KJV)

  6. marriage (“one flesh”)

    For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24 NASB)

  7. weakness and temporary nature

    With him is only an arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD… (2 Chronicles 32:8 NASB)

    …He remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passes and does not return. (Psalm 78:39 NASB)

  8. softness

    …I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh… (Ezek. 11:19 NASB)

  9. used to denote close family relationship, as in the expression “you’re my flesh and bone”

    …remember that I am your bone and your flesh… (Judges 9:2 NASB)

In the New Testament, it is also used to denote…