Deuteronomy 4:28

Hebrew Bible

26 I invoke heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that you will surely and swiftly be removed from the very land you are about to cross the Jordan to possess. You will not last long there because you will surely be annihilated. 27 Then the Lord will scatter you among the peoples and there will be very few of you among the nations where the Lord will drive you. 28 There you will worship gods made by human hands—wood and stone that can neither see, hear, eat, nor smell. 29 But if you seek the Lord your God from there, you will find him, if, indeed, you seek him with all your heart and soul. 30 In your distress when all these things happen to you in future days, if you return to the Lord your God and obey him Source

Date: 6th Century B.C.E. (Final composition) (based on scholarly estimates)

Sirach 30:19

Deuterocanon (Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus)

17 Death is better than a life of misery, and eternal sleep than chronic sickness. 18 Good things poured out upon a mouth that is closed are like offerings of food placed upon a grave. 19 Of what use to an idol is a sacrifice? For it can neither eat nor smell. So is the one punished by the Lord; 20 he sees with his eyes and groans as a eunuch groans when embracing a girl. 22 Do not give yourself over to sorrow, and do not distress yourself deliberately. Source

Date: 195-175 B.C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)
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