Bowels of Mercies

December 21, 2006 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Christianity, Church, Mormon, Religion, Thoughts | 2 Comments

Okay, so I was thinking yesterday about this scripture:

Colossians 3:12 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

I’ll quote the next few verses later, because this message is quite powerful. But I was just curious about the phrase “bowels of mercies.” Where does it come from? What is it about our bowels that seem to emanate mercy? Doesn’t mercy come from charity and the heart? What do you all think?

Here’s the rest of the message:

13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

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  1. I don’t know about this particular verse, but very often in Hebrew writings, various organs are used to represent the innermost part of a person. The most common phrase in the old testament is literally translated probably as “kidneys” but usually is translated as “inward parts” and sometimes as “bowels,” but it’s analogous to the way we refer to the “heart” in western culture. I imagine that Paul was probably working with this idiomatic metaphor.

  2. JKC,

    Thanks. It’s been a while since I’ve delved into Hebraic meanings in the scriptures. I kinda miss those days in Boston, in the Longfellow Ward where we had as our gospel doctrine teacher a Harvard Divinity School student! Out in the boondocks of Pennsylvania, you don’t get that anymore. 😦


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