Leviticus 26:31
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New International Version
I will turn your cities into ruins and lay waste your sanctuaries, and I will take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings.

New Living Translation
I will make your cities desolate and destroy your places of pagan worship. I will take no pleasure in your offerings that should be a pleasing aroma to me.

English Standard Version
And I will lay your cities waste and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your pleasing aromas.

New American Standard Bible
'I will lay waste your cities as well and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your soothing aromas.

King James Bible
And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will reduce your cities to ruins and devastate your sanctuaries. I will not smell the pleasing aroma of your sacrifices.

International Standard Version
I'll lay your cities to waste and destroy your sanctuaries so I don't have to smell the scent of your soothing odors.

NET Bible
I will lay your cities waste and make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will refuse to smell your soothing aromas.

New Heart English Bible
I will lay your cities waste, and will bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not take delight in the sweet fragrance of your offerings.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will make your cities deserted and ruin your sacred places. I will no longer accept the soothing aroma from your sacrifices.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I will make your cities a waste, and will bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.

New American Standard 1977
‘I will lay waste your cities as well, and will make your sanctuaries desolate; and I will not smell your soothing aromas.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I will make your cities waste and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the aroma of your suave incense.

King James 2000 Bible
And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the aroma of your sweet odors.

American King James Version
And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not smell the smell of your sweet odors.

American Standard Version
And I will make your cities a waste, and will bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savor of your sweet odors.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Insomuch that I will bring your cities to be a wilderness, and I will make your sanctuaries desolate, and will receive no more your sweet odours.

Darby Bible Translation
And I will lay waste your cities and desolate your sanctuaries; and I will not smell your sweet odours.

English Revised Version
And I will make your cities a waste, and will bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not smell the savor of your sweet odors.

World English Bible
I will lay your cities waste, and will bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not take delight in the sweet fragrance of your offerings.

Young's Literal Translation
and I have made your cities a waste, and have made desolate your sanctuaries, and I smell not at your sweet fragrances;
Study Bible
Punishments for Disobedience
30'I then will destroy your high places, and cut down your incense altars, and heap your remains on the remains of your idols, for My soul shall abhor you. 31I will lay waste your cities as well and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your soothing aromas. 32'I will make the land desolate so that your enemies who settle in it will be appalled over it.…
Cross References
2 Kings 22:19
because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you," declares the LORD.

Nehemiah 2:3
I said to the king, "Let the king live forever. Why should my face not be sad when the city, the place of my fathers' tombs, lies desolate and its gates have been consumed by fire?"

Isaiah 6:11
Then I said, "Lord, how long?" And He answered, "Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, Houses are without people And the land is utterly desolate,

Isaiah 63:18
Your holy people possessed Your sanctuary for a little while, Our adversaries have trodden it down.

Jeremiah 44:2
"Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, 'You yourselves have seen all the calamity that I have brought on Jerusalem and all the cities of Judah; and behold, this day they are in ruins and no one lives in them,

Jeremiah 44:6
'Therefore My wrath and My anger were poured out and burned in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, so they have become a ruin and a desolation as it is this day.

Lamentations 2:7
The Lord has rejected His altar, He has abandoned His sanctuary; He has delivered into the hand of the enemy The walls of her palaces. They have made a noise in the house of the LORD As in the day of an appointed feast.

Ezekiel 6:6
"In all your dwellings, cities will become waste and the high places will be desolate, that your altars may become waste and desolate, your idols may be broken and brought to an end, your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be blotted out.

Daniel 2:46
Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face and did homage to Daniel, and gave orders to present to him an offering and fragrant incense.

Amos 5:21
"I hate, I reject your festivals, Nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies.
Treasury of Scripture

And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not smell the smell of your sweet odors.

And I will make

2 Kings 25:4-10 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night …

2 Chronicles 36:19 And they burnt the house of God, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem, …

Nehemiah 2:3,17 And said to the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not …

Isaiah 1:7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your …

Isaiah 24:10-12 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that …

Jeremiah 4:7 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles …

Jeremiah 9:11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will …

Lamentations 1:1 How does the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she …

Lamentations 2:7 The LORD has cast off his altar, he has abhorred his sanctuary, he …

Ezekiel 6:6 In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the …

Ezekiel 21:15 I have set the point of the sword against all their gates, that their …

Micah 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem …

and bring

Psalm 74:3-8 Lift up your feet to the perpetual desolations; even all that the …

Jeremiah 22:5 But if you will not hear these words, I swear by myself, said the …

Jeremiah 26:6,9 Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city …

Jeremiah 52:13 And burned the house of the LORD, and the king's house; and all the …

Lamentations 1:10 The adversary has spread out his hand on all her pleasant things: …

Ezekiel 9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and …

Ezekiel 21:7 And it shall be, when they say to you, Why sigh you? that you shall …

Ezekiel 24:21 Speak to the house of Israel, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I will …

Matthew 24:1,2 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples …

Luke 21:5,6,24 And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones …

Acts 6:14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy …

I will not smell

Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet smell; and the LORD said in his heart, …

Isaiah 1:11-14 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? said the …

Isaiah 66:3 He that kills an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrifices a …

Amos 5:21-23 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn …

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge …

(31) I will make your cities waste.--Not only will the elevated spots outside the cities with their idols be destroyed, and the carcases of the deluded worshippers be scattered among their remains, but the cities themselves will be converted into ruins and desolations (Jeremiah 4:7; Jeremiah 9:11; Ezekiel 6:6; Ezekiel 12:20; Nehemiah 2:17, &c.).

And bring your sanctuaries unto desolation.--Even the sanctuary with all its holy places (Jeremiah 51:51; Ezekiel 21:7; Amos 7:9; Pss. 68:36, Psalm 74:7. &c.), sacred edifices, synagogues, &c. (Leviticus 21:23), will not be spared, God thus reversing the promise which He made to the Israelites, that He will set up His dwelling place in the midst of them (see Leviticus 26:11) if they will walk according to His commandments.

I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.--When this awful destruction of the sanctuary is to take place God will not regard the fact that the odour of sweet sacrifices is there being offered up. (See Leviticus 1:9.) The service which may then be performed to Him will not hinder Him from executing this judgment.

I will make your cities waste,.... By suffering the enemy to besiege them, enter into them, and plunder them, and destroy the houses in them, and reduce them to the most desolate condition, as Jerusalem, their metropolis, was more than once:

and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation; the temple, so called from the several apartments in it, the court, the holy place, and the most holy; or rather both sanctuaries or temples are intended, the first built by Solomon, and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar; the second rebuilt by Zerubbabel, and adorned by Herod, and reduced to ashes by Titus Vespasian: the Jews understand this of their synagogues, which were many both in Jerusalem, and in other parts of their country, but cannot be intended, since it follows:

and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours: of their incense offered on the altar of incense; or the savour of their offerings, as the Targum of Jonathan, of their burnt offerings, and the fat of their other offerings burnt on the altar of burnt offering; signifying, that these would not be acceptable to him, or he smell a savour of rest in them; see Genesis 8:21; now these were only offered in the temple, not in synagogues. 31. I will make your cities waste—This destruction of its numerous and flourishing cities, which was brought upon Judea through the sins of Israel, took place by the forced removal of the people during, and long after, the captivity. But it is realized to a far greater extent now.

bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours—the tabernacle and temple, as is evident from the tenor of the subsequent clause, in which God announces that He will not accept or regard their sacrifices.26:14-39 After God has set the blessing before them which would make them a happy people if they would be obedient, he here sets the curse before them, the evils which would make them miserable, if they were disobedient. Two things would bring ruin. 1. A contempt of God's commandments. They that reject the precept, will come at last to renounce the covenant. 2. A contempt of his corrections. If they will not learn obedience by the things they suffer, God himself would be against them; and this is the root and cause of all their misery. And also, The whole creation would be at war with them. All God's sore judgments would be sent against them. The threatenings here are very particular, they were prophecies, and He that foresaw all their rebellions, knew they would prove so. TEMPORAL judgments are threatened. Those who will not be parted from their sins by the commands of God, shall be parted from them by judgments. Those wedded to their lusts, will have enough of them. SPIRITUAL judgments are threatened, which should seize the mind. They should find no acceptance with God. A guilty conscience would be their continual terror. It is righteous with God to leave those to despair of pardon, who presume to sin; and it is owing to free grace, if we are not left to pine away in the iniquity we were born in, and have lived in.
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