Does the Bible speak against the use of perfumes?


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There are 27 references in the Bible for perfumes. The Bible does not speak against using perfumes. On the contrary, Proverbs 27:9 say, “Oil and perfume make the heart glad.” The Lord created these natural smells in the flowers and spices for our appreciation. Brides used perfume for ointments (Ruth 3:3).

The scriptures teach that the wise men offered gifts to Jesus’ parents at His birth incense, Frankincense, myrrh, and gold (Matthew 2:11). Frankincense is fragrant when burned as incense. It was used as an ingredient in the sacred incense for the sanctuary (Ex. 30:8, 34). And Myrrh is another aromatic gum highly prized in ancient times. It was an ingredient used in compounding the holy oil (Ex. 30:23–25), for perfume (Esther 2:12; Ps. 45:8; Prov. 7:17), and for embalming (John 19:39).

The apostle John wrote about Mary who brought a box of alabaster filled with perfume to anoint Jesus. When she broke open her alabaster box, “the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume” (John 12:3). Jesus appreciated her act of devotion and said, “She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial” (Mark 14:8).

Jesus’ body was anointed with perfumes after his death “When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him” (Mark 16:1). “Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews” (John 19:39-40).

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