myrrh

myrrh

An aromatic gum that grows in Arabia, Abyssinia, and India. Highly prized from earliest times (Gen 37:25), it was used in incense (Exod 30:23) and as a perfume for garments (Ps 45:9) or for a lover’s couch (Prov 7:17). It was part of the cosmetic treatment used to purify young girls for the king’s bed (Esth 2:13), and it was also used in embalming (Mark 15:23; John 19:39). Myrrh appears among the items of luxury trade flowing into Babylon (Rome) as it meets its doom (Rev 18:13). Along with gold and frankincense it exemplifies the rich gifts brought to the infant Christ by the magi from the East (Matt 2:11).

Gen 37:25

25Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way ... View more

Exod 30:23

23Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, two hundred fifty, and two hundred fifty o ... View more

Ps 45:9

9daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;
at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

Prov 7:17

17I have perfumed my bed with myrrh,
aloes, and cinnamon.

Esth 2:13

13When the girl went in to the king she was given whatever she asked for to take with her from the harem to the king's palace.

Mark 15:23

23And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it.

John 19:39

39Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds.

Rev 18:13

13cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, olive oil, choice flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, slaves—and human lives.

Matt 2:11

11On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him ... View more

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