Genesis 8:21

Hebrew Bible

20 Noah built an altar to the Lord. He then took some of every kind of clean animal and clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma and said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, even though the inclination of their minds is evil from childhood on. I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done. 22 “While the earth continues to exist, planting time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease.”

Genesis 27:27

Hebrew Bible

25 Isaac said, “Bring some of the wild game for me to eat, my son. Then I will bless you.” So Jacob brought it to him, and he ate it. He also brought him wine, and Isaac drank. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here and kiss me, my son.” 27 So Jacob went over and kissed him. When Isaac caught the scent of his clothing, he blessed him, saying,“Yes, my son smells like the scent of an open field which the Lord has blessed. 28 May God give you the dew of the sky and the richness of the earth, and plenty of grain and new wine.

 Notes and References

"... Both examples above indicate the mental affectedness that happens through the sense of smell. In Genesis 8:21, the Lord smells the scent of an offering from Noah. Through this smell, he is pleased (cf. εὐωδίας) and moved to mercy, “considering” (διανοηθείς) that he will not send a flood on the earth again. In Genesis 27:27, Isaac is deceived through scent. When he smelled animal skins on Jacob, he was so mentally affected that he concluded Esau was standing before him, and he mistakenly gave his blessing to Jacob. Indeed, the sense of smell always creates mental effects like these, and often elicits responses like these from the smeller ..."

Maketansky, Daniel Robert The Middle Voice in the Septuagint and the Greek New Testament (pp. 160-161) The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2023

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