were used in religious worship, and for personal and domestic enjoyment ( Exodus 30:35-37 ; Proverbs 7:17 ; Cant 3:6 ; Isaiah 57:9 ); and also in embalming the dead, and in other funeral ceremonies ( Mark 14:8 ; Luke 24:1 ; John 19:39 ).
The free use of perfumes was peculiarly grateful to the Orientals, ( Proverbs 27:9 ) whose olfactory nerves are more than usually sensitive to the offensive smells engendered by the heat of their climate. The Hebrews manufactured their perfumes chiefly from spices imported from Arabia though to a certain extent also from aromatic plants growing in their own country. Perfumes entered largely into the temple service, in the two forms of incense and ointment. ( Exodus 30:22-38 ) Nor were they less used in private life; not only were they applied to the person, but to garment, ( Psalms 45:8 ; Solomon 4:11 ) and to articles of furniture, such as beds. ( Proverbs 7:17 ) [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary