ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell,
There you will worship gods made by human hands – wood and stone that can neither see, hear, eat, nor smell.
If the whole body were an eye, what part would do the hearing? If the whole were an ear, what part would exercise the sense of smell?
I will lay your cities waste 1 and make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will refuse to smell your soothing aromas.
Once the satraps, prefects, governors, and ministers of the king had gathered around, they saw that those men were physically 1 unharmed by the fire. 2 The hair of their heads was not singed, nor were their trousers damaged. Not even the smell of fire was to be found on them!
At the sound of the trumpet, it says, ‘Aha!’ And from a distance it catches the scent of battle, the thunderous shouting of commanders, and the battle cries.
And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma 1 and said 2 to himself, 3 “I will never again curse 4 the ground because of humankind, even though 5 the inclination of their minds 6 is evil from childhood on. 7 I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done.
Your lips drip sweetness like the honeycomb, my bride, honey and milk are under your tongue. The fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
Whoever makes anything like it, to use as perfume, 1 will be cut off from his people.”
A putrid stench will replace the smell of spices, 1 a rope will replace a belt, baldness will replace braided locks of hair, a sackcloth garment will replace a fine robe, and a prisoner’s brand will replace beauty.
I will remove the one from the north 1 far from you. I will drive him out to a dry and desolate place. Those in front will be driven eastward into the Dead Sea, 2 and those in back westward into the Mediterranean Sea. 3 His stench will rise up as a foul smell.” 4 Indeed, the Lord 5 has accomplished great things.
For I have received everything, and I have plenty. I have all I need because I received from Epaphroditus what you sent – a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, very pleasing to God.
So they put it aside until the morning, just as Moses had commanded, and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it.
The fig tree has budded, the vines have blossomed and give off their fragrance. Arise, come away my darling; my beautiful one, come away with me!”