Tempered the body together
(sunekerasen to swma
). First aorist active indicative of sunkerannumi
, to mix together, old word, but in N.T. only here and Hebrews 4:2
. Plato used this very word of the way God compounded (sunekerasato
) the various elements of the body in creating soul and body. Paul rejects the idea of the later Gnostics that matter is evil and the physical organs degrading. He gives a noble picture of the body with its wonderful organs planned to be the temple of God's Spirit ( Hebrews 6:19
) in opposition to the Epicurean sensualists in Corinth. To that part which lacked
). It is a true instinct that gives superior honour to the unseen organs of life.