2 Corinthians 2:15
New International Version
For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

New Living Translation
Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.

English Standard Version
For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,

Berean Study Bible
For we are to God the sweet aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

Berean Literal Bible
For we are a sweet perfume of Christ to God in those being saved and in those perishing:

New American Standard Bible
For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;

New King James Version
For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

King James Bible
For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

Christian Standard Bible
For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

Good News Translation
For we are like a sweet-smelling incense offered by Christ to God, which spreads among those who are being saved and those who are being lost.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

International Standard Version
To God we are the aroma of the Messiah among those who are being saved and among those who are being lost.

NET Bible
For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing--

New Heart English Bible
For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God, in those who are saved, and in those who perish;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For we are a sweet fragrance to God in The Messiah among those who have life and among those who perish;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
To God we are the aroma of Christ among those who are saved and among those who are dying.

New American Standard 1977
For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in those that are saved and in those that perish;

King James 2000 Bible
For we are unto God a sweet fragrance of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

American King James Version
For we are to God a sweet smell of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

American Standard Version
For we are a sweet savor of Christ unto God, in them that are saved, and in them that perish;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we are the good odour of Christ unto God, in them that are saved, and in them that perish.

Darby Bible Translation
For we are a sweet odour of Christ to God, in the saved and in those that perish:

English Revised Version
For we are a sweet savour of Christ unto God, in them that are being saved, and in them that are perishing;

Webster's Bible Translation
For we are to God a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

Weymouth New Testament
For we are a fragrance of Christ grateful to God in those whom He is saving and in those who are perishing;

World English Bible
For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God, in those who are saved, and in those who perish;

Young's Literal Translation
because of Christ a sweet fragrance we are to God, in those being saved, and in those being lost;
Study Bible
Triumph in Christ
14But thanks be to God, who always leads us triumphantly as captives in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. 15For we are to God the sweet aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16To the one, we are an odor of death and demise; to the other, a fragrance that brings life. And who is qualified for such a task?…
Cross References
Numbers 15:3
and you present an offering made by fire to the LORD from the herd or flock to produce a pleasing aroma to the LORD--either a burnt offering or a sacrifice to fulfill a vow or as a freewill or festival offering--

Song of Solomon 1:3
The fragrance of your perfume is pleasing; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens adore you.

Ezekiel 20:41
When I bring you from the peoples and gather you from the lands to which you have been scattered, I will accept you as a pleasing aroma. And I will show My holiness through you in the sight of the nations.

1 Corinthians 1:18
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

2 Corinthians 4:3
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

Ephesians 5:2
and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.

Philippians 4:18
I have all I need and more, now that I have received your gifts from Epaphroditus. They are a sweet smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.

Treasury of Scripture

For we are to God a sweet smell of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

a sweet.

Genesis 8:21
And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

Exodus 29:18,25
And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar: it is a burnt offering unto the LORD: it is a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD…

Ezekiel 20:41
I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen.

in them.

2 Corinthians 4:3,4
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: …

Isaiah 49:5,6
And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength…

1 Corinthians 1:18
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.







Lexicon
For
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

we are
ἐσμὲν (esmen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

to God
Θεῷ (Theō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

[the] sweet aroma
εὐωδία (euōdia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2175: A sweet smell, fragrance. From a compound of eu and a derivative of ozo; good-scentedness, i.e. Fragrance.

of Christ
Χριστοῦ (Christou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

among
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

those who are
τοῖς (tois)
Article - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

being saved
σωζομένοις (sōzomenois)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4982: To save, heal, preserve, rescue. From a primary sos; to save, i.e. Deliver or protect.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

those who are
τοῖς (tois)
Article - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

perishing.
ἀπολλυμένοις (apollymenois)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 622: From apo and the base of olethros; to destroy fully, literally or figuratively.
(15) We are unto God a sweet savour of Christ.--If we believe this Epistle to have been written from Philippi, it is interesting to note the recurrence of the same imagery of a "sweet savour" in the Epistle to that Church (Philippians 4:18). Here the mind of the writer turns to the sterner, sadder side of the Roman triumph. Some who appeared in that triumph were on their way to deliverance, some on their way to perish (this is the exact rendering of the words translated saved and lost), and this also has its analogue in the triumph of Christ. He does not shrink from that thought. In his belief in the righteousness and mercy of Christ, he is content to leave the souls of all men to His judgment. He will not the less do his work as incense-bearer, and let the "sweet savour" of the knowledge of God be wafted through the words which it has been given him to utter. All things are for His glory, for His righteousness will be seen to have been working through all.

Verse 15. - We are unto God a sweet savour of Christ. The undeveloped metaphor involved in these words is that "we and our preaching diffuse to God's glory the knowledge of Christ which is as a sweet savour." The apostles are identified with their work; they were as the incense, crushed and burned, but diffusing everywhere a waft of perfume. St. Paul is still thinking of the incense burnt in the streets of Rome during a triumph - "Dabimusque Divis Tura benignis" (Horace, 'Od.,' 4:2.51) - though his expression recalls the "odour of a sweet smell," of Leviticus 1:9, 13, 17 (comp. Ephesians 5:2); see on this passage the excellent note of Bishop Wordsworth. In them that are saved, and in them that perish; rather, among those who are perishing and those who are being saved (comp. Acts 2:47). The odour is fragrant to God, though those who breathe it may be variously affected by it. 2:12-17 A believer's triumphs are all in Christ. To him be the praise and glory of all, while the success of the gospel is a good reason for a Christian's joy and rejoicing. In ancient triumphs, abundance of perfumes and sweet odours were used; so the name and salvation of Jesus, as ointment poured out, was a sweet savour diffused in every place. Unto some, the gospel is a savour of death unto death. They reject it to their ruin. Unto others, the gospel is a savour of life unto life: as it quickened them at first when they were dead in trespasses and sins, so it makes them more lively, and will end in eternal life. Observe the awful impressions this matter made upon the apostle, and should also make upon us. The work is great, and of ourselves we have no strength at all; all our sufficiency is of God. But what we do in religion, unless it is done in sincerity, as in the sight of God, is not of God, does not come from him, and will not reach to him. May we carefully watch ourselves in this matter; and seek the testimony of our consciences, under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, that as of sincerity, so speak we in Christ and of Christ.
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