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Besides the common use of this word, it is employed symbolically for to 'consume, destroy:' they "eat up my people as they eat bread." Psalm 14:4 ; cf. Proverbs 30:14 ; Habakkuk 3:14 ; 2 Timothy 2:17 . Also for receiving, digesting, and delighting in God's words: "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts." Jeremiah 15:16 . To eat together of the same bread or food is a token of friendship. Joshua 9:14 ; Psalm 41:9 ; Song of Solomon 5:1 ; John 13:18 ; and such an expression of intimacy is forbidden towards those walking disorderly. 1 Corinthians 5:11 . It is used to express the satisfaction of doing the work that is before the soul: the Lord said, "I have meat to eat that ye know not of." John 4:32 . Also to express appropriation to the eater of the death of Christ: "except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you." John 6:53 . (In John 6:51,53 there is eating for reception, φάγω; and in John 6:54,56,57 , eating as a present thing for the maintenance of life, τρώγω.) In theLord's Supper theChristian eats that which is a symbol of the body of Christ, Matthew 26:26 , and in eating he has communion with Christ's death. 1 Corinthians 10:16 .

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Eating '. Morrish Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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