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ODOR (ō'dêr, Heb. besem, Gr. osmē). That which affects the sense of smell. In ASV the word refers to a pleasant or sweet odor, while an unpleasant one is called “ill savor” or “stench.” The Levitical offerings that did not deal with sin were called offerings of sweet savor; and the incense also (Mal.1.11) with its perfumed odor was acceptable to the Lord. The prayers of the saints (figuratively) are offerings of a sweet savor to the Lord (Rev.5.8). Hypocrisy stinks (Amos.5.21).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

See also SAVOR.

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