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What was meant by "fleshpots of Egypt"?

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Posted June 15, 2007 at 9:20 PM via web

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What was meant by "fleshpots of Egypt"?

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted June 15, 2007 at 9:39 PM (Answer #1)

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The "fleshpots of Egypt" were so called because of their loose sexuality and equally loose morals. (In the Bible, the "fleshpots of Egypt" are what the Israelites were trying to flee from due to the overt sexuality, greed, and general sin of the Egyptians against the One True God.) Egypt was all about excess.

Other examples of places being called "fleshpots" are Sodom and Gommorah and Las Vegas, both deemed places were sexuality and morals were/are loose, to say the least! (New slogan: What happens in Egypt stays in Egypt! :)

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m5m | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 16, 2008 at 6:37 PM (Answer #2)

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"fleshpot" as a place of sexual immorality or excesses is a derived meaning and was probably coming to mean that in the 16th century England.  It is what we think of today when we hear the word.  But the "flesh pots" of Egypt referred to in Exodus 16 was an actual king of cooking pot.  The following definition comes from http://www.bible-history.com/isbe/F/FLESH-POT/   In the original Hebrew it is two words. 

flesh'-pot (cir ha-basar, "pot of the flesh"): One of the six kinds of cooking utensils spoken of as pots or pans or caldrons or basins. Probably usually made of bronze or earthenware. The only mention of flesh-pots, specifically so named, is in Ex 16:3

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