Is it OK to use perfume?
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This Bible contradiction is from the Skeptic's Annotated Bible.



Proverbs 27:9 View context

Perfume rejoices the heart.

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so [doth] the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

Esther 2:8-12 View context

Esther used it to impress the king. (And she was one of God's favorite women.)

Esther was brought also unto the king's house ... Now when every maid's turn was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the women, (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours).

Solomon 3:6 View context

The author of the Song of Solomon was a big fan of perfume.

Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?

Solomon 4:10 View context

How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!

Solomon 5:5 View context

I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.

John 12:3 View context

Perfume was poured on Jesus's feet.

Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. (See also Luke 7:37-38 and Mark 14:3-7.)


Exodus 30:37 View context

Perfume is for God, not you.

As for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves ... it shall be unto thee holy for the LORD.

Proverbs 7:17 View context

Only whores use perfume. (See Provebs 5-27 for the details.)

I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

Isaiah 3:16-24 View context

The daughters of Zion used perfume. (So God discovered their secret parts.)

Because the daughters of Zion are haughty ... the LORD will discover their secret parts ... And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink.

Isaiah 57:9 View context

And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes ... and didst debase thyself even unto hell.

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