5 My wounds [chabbuwrah] stink [ba'ash] and are corrupt [maqaq] because [paniym] of my foolishness ['ivveleth]. KJV-Interlinear
5 My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness, ESV
These are not wounds in the physical sense, because physical wounds will stink and fester because of infection, or otherwise because they are not treated or taken care of. These wounds are related to sin. And the stench and filthy corruption results from foolishness, not from infection.
The word for foolishness, ivveleth, has a connotation of perverseness due to bad decisions.
However, the wounds of sin, are closely related to the characteristics of physical wounds that have not been tended to or treated.
Physical wounds, when not cared for, will get dirty and that brings and germs, and that leads to infection.
An infected wound, again when it is not treated will turn to corruption, and corruption turns to stench.
That is a definite sign of gangrene. And again when not treated, means certain death, or at the very least the loss of the use of the body part that is infected.
The word for stink, refers to moral offensiveness.
The word for corrupt, means to vanish or consume away.
Therefore sin, acts in a similar manner to physical injury. And when sin is not treated, then the life of the individual, the spiritual life of the individual, disintegrates into a corruption, that is spiritually offensive, and is no better than the putridness of meat that has been left out and forgotten.
The obvious moral principle being taught here, is that if you do not have a spiritual life, then your life will ultimately stink and rot away.
And the only medicine and care for that type of wound, is salvation through faith in Christ, followed by spiritual growth by means of Bible doctrine.
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