Leviticus 26:31
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.

Berean Study Bible
I will reduce your cities to rubble and lay waste your sanctuaries, and I will refuse to smell the pleasing aroma of your sacrifices.

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.

New King James Version
I will lay your cities waste and bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not smell the fragrance of your sweet aromas.

New American Standard Bible
I will turn your cities into ruins as well and make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your soothing aromas.

NASB 1995
‘I will lay waste your cities as well and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your soothing aromas.

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

Amplified Bible
I will lay waste your cities as well and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your sweet and soothing aromas [of offerings by fire].

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

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.

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I shall make your cities into a wilderness and I shall lay waste your sanctuaries and I shall not smell the fragrance of your savors.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I will lay your cities waste, and I will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell the savour of your sacrifices.

Contemporary English Version
I'll wipe out your towns and your places of worship and will no longer be pleased with the smell of your sacrifices.

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.

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.

Good News Translation
I will turn your cities into ruins, destroy your places of worship, and refuse to accept your sacrifices.

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.

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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
and I have made your cities a ruin, and have made your sanctuaries desolate, and I do not smell your refreshing fragrance;

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.

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;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Punishments for Disobedience
30I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars, and heap your lifeless bodies on the lifeless remains of your idols; and My soul will despise you. 31I will reduce your cities to rubble and lay waste your sanctuaries, and I will refuse to smell the pleasing aroma of your sacrifices. 32And I will lay waste the land, so that your enemies who dwell in it will be appalled.…

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 people, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and because you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I have heard you,' declares the LORD.

Nehemiah 2:3
and replied to the king, "May the king live forever! Why should I not be sad when the city where my fathers are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?"

Isaiah 6:11
Then I asked: "How long, O Lord?" And He replied: "Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the houses are left unoccupied and the land is desolate and ravaged,

Isaiah 63:18
For a short while Your people possessed Your holy place, but our enemies have trampled Your sanctuary.

Jeremiah 44:2
"This is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: You have seen all the disaster that I brought against Jerusalem and all the cities of Judah; and behold, they lie today in ruins and desolation

Jeremiah 44:6
Therefore My wrath and anger poured out and burned in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, so that they have become the desolate ruin they are today.

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


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 by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by the king's garden: (now the Chaldees were against the city round about:) and the king went the way toward the plain…

2 Chronicles 36:19
And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.

Nehemiah 2:3,17
And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire? …

and bring

Psalm 74:3-8
Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary…

Jeremiah 22:5
But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by myself, saith the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation.

Jeremiah 26:6,9
Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth…

I will not smell

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.

Isaiah 1:11-14
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats…

Isaiah 66:3
He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.









(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. . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I will reduce
וְנָתַתִּ֤י (wə·nā·ṯat·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

your cities
עָֽרֵיכֶם֙ (‘ā·rê·ḵem)
Noun - feminine plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's 5892: Excitement

to rubble
חָרְבָּ֔ה (ḥā·rə·bāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2723: Waste, desolation, ruin

and lay waste
וַהֲשִׁמּוֹתִ֖י (wa·hă·šim·mō·w·ṯî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 8074: To stun, devastate, stupefy

to your sanctuaries,
מִקְדְּשֵׁיכֶ֑ם (miq·də·šê·ḵem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's 4720: A consecrated thing, place, a palace, sanctuary, asylum

and I will refuse
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

to smell
אָרִ֔יחַ (’ā·rî·aḥ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7306: Accept, smell, touch, make of quick understanding

the pleasing
נִיחֹֽחֲכֶֽם׃ (nî·ḥō·ḥă·ḵem)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's 5207: A quieting, soothing, tranquilizing

aroma of your sacrifices.
בְּרֵ֖יחַ (bə·rê·aḥ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7381: To smell, perceive odor


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