Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Scriptural Confections

And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy:
Exodus 30:35

"Confection and confectionary are words which now refer to candy and sweetmeats, things good to eat because of their sugar. As used in the KJV, they refer to compounds of spices, things good to smell, whether for perfume or for incense. "Confection" occurs in the instructions given to Moses for the making of the holy incense—"Thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary" (Exodus 30:35). RSV has "make an incense blended as by the perfumer." This was to be used only in the worship of the LORD.

"Confectionary" occurs in 1 Samuel 8:13, where the prophet Samuel warns the people who were asking for a king: "he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers." RSV has, "He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers."'

(The Bible Word Book, Bridges & Weigle pg 80)


  1. The incense burned in the tabernacle symbolized prayers

  2. Good to know. Thanks.

  3. Actually, the incense was good for more than just a lovely scent.

    Aaron was told to stop a plague by walking among the people with a censer, wafting the incense. In the 16th chapter of Numbers, as Aaron did as he was commanded by the Lord, "he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed." Numbers 16:48