Alma 11:45 Corruption

I was rereading Alma 11 the other day. The main focus was on Alma 11:45.

Alma 11:45 Now, behold, I have spoken unto you concerning the death of the mortal body, and also concerning the resurrection of the mortal body. I say unto you that this mortal body is raised to an immortal body, that is from death, even from the first death unto life, that they can die no more; their spirits uniting with their bodies, never to be divided; thus the whole becoming spiritual and immortal, that they can no more see corruption.

As a side note “thus the whole becoming SPIRITUAL and immortal” is also interesting subject taught in the Lectures on Faith also.

The part I’ve always wondered about is “that they can no more see corruption”. This is a common theme regarding resurrection in Book of Mormon and New Testament. I always used to think that corruption was referring to things like corrupt politicians or something along those lines and it never made sense to me. I always wondered how does that fit in with resurrection.

This time I decided to look up corruption in Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary. And low and behold it cleared up my confusion right away.

Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary
CORRUPT, verb transitive [Latin , to break.] Literally, to break, separate or dissolve. Hence,
1. To change from a sound to a putrid or putrescent state; to separate the component parts of a body, as by a natural process, which accompanied by a fetid smell.
2. To vitiate or deprave; to change from good to bad.
Evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:33.
3. To waste, spoil or consume.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt Matthew 6:19.
4. To defile or pollute. Exodus 32:7.
5. To entice from good and allure to evil. 2 Corinthians 11:3.
6. To pervert; to break, disobey or make void. Malachi 2:3.
7. To pervert or vitiate integrity; to bribe; as, to corrupt a judge.
8. To debase or render impure, by alterations or innovations; as, to corrupt language.
9. To pervert; to falsify; to infect with errors; as, to corrupt the sacred text.
CORRUPT, verb intransitive
1. To become putrid; to putrefy; to rot. Animal and vegetable substances speedily corrupt in a warm and moist air.
2. To become vitiated; to lose purity.
CORRUPT, adjective [Latin]
1. Changed from a sound to a putrid state, as by natural decomposition.
2. Spoiled; tainted; vitiated; unsound; as corrupt air, or bread.
3. Depraved; vitiated; tainted with wickedness.
They are corrupt; they have done abominable works. Psalms 14:1.
The earth was corrupt before God. Genesis 6:11.
4. Debased; rendered impure; changed to a worse state; as corrupt language.
5. Not genuine; infected with errors or mistakes. The text is corrupt.
CORRUPTION, noun [Latin]
1. The act of corrupting, or state of being corrupt or putrid; the destruction of the natural form of bodies, by the separation of the component parts, or by disorganization, in the process of putrefaction.
Thou wilt not suffer thy holy One to see corruption Psalms 16:10.
2. Putrid matter; pus.
3. Putrescence; a foul state occasioned by putrefaction.
4. Depravity; wickedness; perversion or deterioration of moral principles; loss of purity or integrity.
Having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4.
CORRUPTION in elections is the great enemy of freedom.
5. Debasement; taint; or tendency to a worse state.
Keep my honor from corruption
6. Impurity; depravation; debasement; as a corruption of language.
7. Bribery. He obtained his suit by corruption
8. In law, taint; impurity of blood, in consequence of an act of attainder of treason or felony, by which a person is disabled to inherit lands from an ancestor, nor can retain those in his possession, nor transmit them by descent to his heirs.
CORRUPTION of blood can be removed only by act of parliament.

What sticks out to me from these definitions is that corruption is about breaking apart, separation, and decomposing. Now that makes complete sense with regards to the resurrection.

Yet another example of how using Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary has cleared up confusion for me.