Exodus 30:7
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New International Version
"Aaron must burn fragrant incense on the altar every morning when he tends the lamps.

New Living Translation
"Every morning when Aaron maintains the lamps, he must burn fragrant incense on the altar.

English Standard Version
And Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it. Every morning when he dresses the lamps he shall burn it,

New American Standard Bible
"Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps.

King James Bible
And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Aaron must burn fragrant incense on it; he must burn it every morning when he tends the lamps.

International Standard Version
Aaron is to offer fragrant incense on it. Every morning when he trims the lamps he is to offer it,

NET Bible
Aaron is to burn sweet incense on it morning by morning; when he attends to the lamps he is to burn incense.

New Heart English Bible
Aaron shall burn incense of sweet spices on it every morning. When he tends the lamps, he shall burn it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Aaron must burn sweet-smelling incense on this altar every morning when he takes care of the lamps.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Aaron shall burn thereon incense of sweet spices; every morning, when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn it.

New American Standard 1977
“And Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Aaron shall burn sweet incense thereon every morning; when he dresses the lamps, he shall burn it.

King James 2000 Bible
And Aaron shall burn on it sweet incense every morning: when he tends the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it.

American King James Version
And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresses the lamps, he shall burn incense on it.

American Standard Version
And Aaron shall burn thereon incense of sweet spices: every morning, when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Aaron shall burn sweet smelling incense upon it in the morning. When he shall dress the lamps, he shall burn it:

Darby Bible Translation
And Aaron shall burn thereon fragrant incense: every morning, when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn the incense.

English Revised Version
And Aaron shall burn thereon incense of sweet spices: every morning, when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Aaron shall burn upon it sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it.

World English Bible
Aaron shall burn incense of sweet spices on it every morning. When he tends the lamps, he shall burn it.

Young's Literal Translation
'And Aaron hath made perfume on it, perfume of spices, morning by morning; in his making the lamps right he doth perfume it,
Study Bible
The Altar of Incense
6"You shall put this altar in front of the veil that is near the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy seat that is over the ark of the testimony, where I will meet with you. 7"Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps. 8"When Aaron trims the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense. There shall be perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.…
Cross References
Luke 1:9
he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

Exodus 30:6
"You shall put this altar in front of the veil that is near the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy seat that is over the ark of the testimony, where I will meet with you.

Exodus 30:8
"When Aaron trims the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense. There shall be perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.

Exodus 40:27
and he burned fragrant incense on it, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Numbers 7:56
one gold pan of ten shekels, full of incense;

Numbers 16:40
as a reminder to the sons of Israel that no layman who is not of the descendants of Aaron should come near to burn incense before the LORD; so that he will not become like Korah and his company-- just as the LORD had spoken to him through Moses.

1 Samuel 2:28
Did I not choose them from all the tribes of Israel to be My priests, to go up to My altar, to burn incense, to carry an ephod before Me; and did I not give to the house of your father all the fire offerings of the sons of Israel?

2 Chronicles 2:4
"Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, dedicating it to Him, to burn fragrant incense before Him and to set out the showbread continually, and to offer burnt offerings morning and evening, on sabbaths and on new moons and on the appointed feasts of the LORD our God, this being required forever in Israel.

2 Chronicles 26:18
They opposed Uzziah the king and said to him, "It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful and will have no honor from the LORD God."
Treasury of Scripture

And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresses the lamps, he shall burn incense on it.

sweet incense. Heb. incense of spices

Exodus 30:34-38 And the LORD said to Moses, Take to you sweet spices, stacte, and …

dresseth

Exodus 27:20,21 And you shall command the children of Israel, that they bring you …

1 Samuel 2:28 And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, …

1 Samuel 3:3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where …

1 Chronicles 23:13 The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses: and Aaron was separated, that …

Luke 1:9 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn …

Acts 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry …

(7) Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense (Heb., incense of spices) every morning.--On the composition of the incense, see Exodus 30:34-35. That the offering of incense regularly accompanied both the morning and evening sacrifice appears from Psalm 141:2; Luke 1:10. That it was symbolical of prayer may be gathered both from those passages and also from Revelation 5:8; Revelation 8:3-4.

When he dresseth the lamps.--Comp. Exodus 27:21.

Verse 7. - Sweet incense. Literally, "incense of perfumes." For the composition of the incense, see vers. 34-38. When he dresseth the lamps. The lamps of the golden candlestick were to be trimmed and cleaned, their wicks looked to, and fresh oil added, if necessary, every morning, immediately after daybreak. See the comment on Exodus 27:21. The duty devolved on the priests. And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning,.... This in later times was done by a common priest, who obtained this service by lots as we find in the times of Zacharias, Luke 1:9 the incense was fetched out of the house of Abtines, where it was made, and burning coals were taken off of the altar of burnt offering in a vessel, and the incense was spread upon them and burnt: the Jewish canons about this matter run thus (r); he that was worthy of, or allotted to, the incense, took a vessel that held three kabs, and a bowl in the midst of it, full and heaped up with incense, and took a silver censer, and went up to the top of the altar, and moved the coals to and fro, and took them and went down and poured them into a golden censer: and again (s), he that was worthy of, or allotted to, a censer, gathered the coals upon the top of the altar, and spread them with the edges of the censer, and bowing himself went out; and he that was worthy of, or allotted to, the incense, took the bowl out of the midst of the vessel, and gave it to his friend or neighbour: and he that burns the incense may not burn until the president says to him, burn; and if he was an high priest, the president says, lord high priest, burn; the people depart, and he burns the incense, and bows and goes away: the burning of the sweet incense was typical of the mediation and intercession of Christ; the burning coals typified his sufferings, which were painful to his body, and in which he endured the wrath of God in his soul, and both must be very distressing to him: the incense put upon these shows that Christ's mediation and intercession proceeds upon his sufferings and death, his bloodshed, satisfaction, and sacrifice; which mediation of his, like the sweet incense, is frequent, is pure and holy, though made for transgressors, and there is none like unto it; there is but one Mediator between God and man: likewise this was typical of the prayers of the saints; and at the same time that the incense was burnt the people were at prayer, which was set before the Lord as incense, see Psalm 141:3, these go upwards to God, and come up with acceptance to him, from off the golden altar, being offered up to him by Christ, with his much incense, through his blood and righteousness, and are pure, holy, fervent, and fragrant, and called odours, Revelation 5:8.

when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it; which he did every morning he went into the holy place, where the candlestick with its lamps was; these he trimmed and dressed, snuffed those that were ready to go out, lighted those that were gone out, supplied them with oil and wicks, and cleared the snuff dishes, and the like: now near to the candlestick stood the altar of incense, so that when the priest looked after the one, he did the service of the other; and hence we learn, that our intercessor and lamplighter is one and the same; he that was seen amidst the golden candlesticks dressing the lamps of them, appears at the golden altar with a golden censer, to offer up the prayers of his saints, Revelation 1:13 and we learn also, that the light of the word and prayer should go together, as they do in faithful ministers and conscientious Christians, who give themselves up unto and employ themselves therein; the one to and in the ministry of the word and prayer, and the other to and in the reading and hearing of the word and prayer.

(r) Misn. Tamid, c. 5. sect. 4, 5. (s) Ibid. c. 6. sect. 2, 3.7, 8. Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense—literally, "incense of spices"—Strong aromatic substances were burnt upon this altar to counteract by their odoriferous fragrance the offensive fumes of the sacrifices; or the incense was employed in an offering of tributary homage which the Orientals used to make as a mark of honor to kings; and as God was Theocratic Ruler of Israel, His palace was not to be wanting in a usage of such significancy. Both these ends were served by this altar—that of fumigating the apartments of the sacred edifice, while the pure lambent flame, according to Oriental notions, was an honorary tribute to the majesty of Israel's King. But there was a far higher meaning in it still; for as the tabernacle was not only a palace for Israel's King, but a place of worship for Israel's God, this altar was immediately connected with a religious purpose. In the style of the sacred writers, incense was a symbol or emblem of prayer (Ps 141:2; Re 5:8; 8:3). From the uniform combination of the two services, it is evident that the incense was an emblem of the prayers of sincere worshippers ascending to heaven in the cloud of perfume; and, accordingly, the priest who officiated at this altar typified the intercessory office of Christ (Lu 1:10; Heb 7:25).

every morning … at even—In every period of the national history this daily worship was scrupulously observed.30:1-10 The altar of incense represented the Son of God in his human nature, and the incense burned thereon typified his pleading for his people. The continual intercession of Christ was represented by the daily burning of incense thereon, morning and evening. Once every year the blood of the atonement was to be applied to it, denoting that the intercession of Christ has all its virtue from his sufferings on earth, and that we need no other sacrifice or intercessor but Christ alone.
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