What harmony has Christ with Belial?

What harmony has Christ with Belial?

2 Corinthians 6:15

Even though I’ve been looking for it, it was still a shock when I found it, and not at all what I was expecting. This seems to be the only occurrence of “harmony” (συμφώνησις symphōnēsis, in the Greek) in the New Testament [1].

“What harmony has Christ with Belial?” is a fearsome admonition. Who or what is Belial? If Belial means idolators (so says my Big Book of the Bible), then the next verse is the challenge and reminder:

And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God.

2 Corinthians 6:16

[1] Using BibleHub as a search engine, and based on occurrences of “harmony” in the English translations. So, not a thorough search. English “harmony” is often translated from Greek words for things like togetherness or unity.

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4 Comments

  1. I’m truly surprised that harmony is only used once.

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    • Hello and welcome! Thanks for your comment. I was very surprised too. There are a few occurrences of “agreement” translated from another symphon* Greek word. I’ll look at those in more detail.

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  2. How interesting, David! I guess I think of harmony as unity, so I thought it had multiple mentions. Thanks for sharing! This reminds me of when I did research on the word poverty one time and discovered it was poverty of spirit i.e., in need of salvation.

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    • Dear Lisa, thank you for your comment and welcome to my blog! Harmony is unity but unity is not always harmony 😉 (see my post 和而不同) yes, good to dig into the Greek too find a richer meaning.

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