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‘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.’ (Revelation 10:10)

Another belly poem below. Courtesy of the bible this is. (All sentences with the word belly in them, from this Bible search engine). Might think of it as an exposition of Nietzsche’s claim that ‘The belly is the reason man does not measure himself so easily with God.’ (Beyond Good and Evil)

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For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Don’t you understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the belly, and then out of the body? Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats. He wanted to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate, but no one gave him any. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 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. Things of iron, and wood for the things of wood; onyx stones, and stones. ‘Foods for the belly, and the belly for foods’, but God will bring to nothing both it and them. But the body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. Whose end is destruction, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who think about earthly things. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 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. 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. 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. And I awoke. Whatever goes on its belly, and whatever goes on all fours, or whatever has many feet, even all creeping things that creep on the earth, them you shall not eat; for they are an abomination. Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell; And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen. And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people. And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly: 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. But he refused to turn aside; therefore Abner with the hinder end of the spear smote him in the belly, so that the spear came out behind him; and he fell down there, and died in the same place. And it came to pass, that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died stood still. And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him secretly, and smote him there in the belly, that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother. And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would fetch wheat; and they smote him in the belly; and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. And Amasa had taken no notice of the sword that was in Joab’s hand: so he smote him with it in the belly and shed out his bowels to the ground, and struck him not again; and he died. There were capitals above also on the two pillars, close by the belly which was beside the network: and the pomegranates were two hundred, in rows around on the other capital. Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly. As I had not been, I am, From the belly to the grave I am brought. Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind? They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit. He has swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again. God will cast them out of his belly. Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired. When he is about to fill his belly, God will cast the fierceness of his wrath on him. It will rain on him while he is eating. (But from my youth He grew up with me as ‘with’ a father, And from the belly of my mother I am led.) Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles. From whose belly came forth the ice? And the hoar-frost of the heavens, Who hath begotten it? Look now, his strength is in his thighs. His force is in the muscles of his belly. From men by your hand, Yahweh, from men of the world, whose portion is in this life. You fill the belly of your cherished ones. Your sons have plenty, and they store up wealth for their children. I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly. Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly. For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth. The wicked have been estranged from the womb, They have erred from the belly, speaking lies. For Thou — Thou hast possessed my reins, Thou dost cover me in my mother’s belly. The righteous one eats to the satisfying of his soul, but the belly of the wicked goes hungry. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. As he came out from the belly of his mother, naked he turneth back to go as he came, and he taketh not away anything of his labour, that doth go in his hand. His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires. Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies. Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb: 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. And now, said Jehovah, who is forming me from the belly for a servant to Him, To bring back Jacob unto Him, (Though Israel is not gathered, Yet I am honoured in the eyes of Jehovah, And my God hath been my strength.) ‘Before I formed you in the belly, I knew you. Before you came forth out of the womb, I sanctified you. I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.’ Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out. 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. They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be as an impurity: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of Jehovah’s wrath; they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their belly; for it hath been the stumbling-block of their iniquity. As for this image, its head was of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of brass, Yahweh prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed to Yahweh, his God, out of the fish’s belly. He said, ‘I called because of my affliction to Yahweh. He answered me. Out of the belly of Sheol I cried. You heard my voice. When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble.

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