Odor, Sweet

Odor, Sweet (נַיחוֹחִ, nicho'ach, Le 26:31; Da 2:46; elsewhere "sweet savor"), was offered to God and sovereigns as representatives of Deity by all ancient nations. SEE INCENSE. But also in common life, not only the natural odors of flowers. but prepared extracts of plants, are far more used by the Orientals than by the Western nations. The odors of the groves of Lebanon were anciently very famous (Ho 14:7; Song 4:11); flowers, even exotics, were cultivated in pleasure-gardens for this purpose (Song 1:12; Song 4:6,14). Odorous extracts were used sometimes in the form of incense, sometimes as ointments (Song 1:3; Song 4:10); sometimes in water, with which clothing, bed- furniture, etc., was sprinkled (Pr 7:17). SEE INCENSE; SEE PERFUME; SEE SPICES.

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