Many thanks to friend J. (she knows who she is) for pointing out this list of belly-quotes from the bible. The belly is where we are joined to our beginning, cut off from our beginning, around which a considerable percentage of our thoughts devolve for the rest of our lives, is an allegory for the potential and truth and horribleness of our humanity, is the locale of our comfort and sin.
A selection of the in total 62 occurrences:
John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water
Romans 16:18 For those who are such don’t serve our Lord, Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by their smooth and flattering speech, they deceive the hearts of the innocent.
Philippians 3:19 whose end is destruction, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who think about earthly things.
Revelation 10:10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
Genesis 3:14 Yahweh God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed above all livestock, and above every animal of the field. On your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.
Genesis 41:21 and they came into their belly, and it could not be known that they had come into their belly; and their look was bad, as at the beginning.
Judges 3:22 And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.
Job 3:11 Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
Job 10:19 As I had not been, I am, From the belly to the grave I am brought
Job 20:15 He has swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again. God will cast them out of his belly.
Job 20:20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.
Job 40:16 Look now, his strength is in his thighs. His force is in the muscles of his belly.
Psalms 22:10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.
Proverbs 20:30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
Proverbs 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Isaiah 48:8 Yea, thou hast not heard, Yea, thou hast not known, Yea, from that time not opened hath thine ear, For I have known thou dealest treacherously, And ‘Transgressor from the belly,’ One is crying to thee.
Ezekiel 3:3 He said to me, Son of man, cause your belly to eat, and fill your bowels with this scroll that I give you. Then I ate it; and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.
Jonah 2:1 Then Jonah prayed to Yahweh, his God, out of the fish’s belly.