The word frankincense appears
17 times in the King James Bible. Though incense is mentioned 113 times
and it is often assumed to imply frankincense along with myrrh and other
spices. Below you will find these 17 references listed in context. It
is obvious from these scriptures that frankincense played a vital role
in the history and rituals of the chosen people,
And the LORD said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and
onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense:
of each shall there be a like weight:
And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the
apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy:
And thou shalt beat some of it very small, and put of it before the
testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with
thee: it shall be unto you most holy.
And as for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves
according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto thee holy for
Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall even be
cut off from his people.
And when any will offer a meat offering unto the LORD, his offering
shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense
And he shall bring it to Aaron's sons the priests: and he shall take
thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with
all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial
of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour
unto the LORD:
And if thou offer a meat offering of thy firstfruits unto the LORD,
thou shalt offer for the meat offering of thy firstfruits green ears
of corn dried by the fire, even corn beaten out of full ears.
And thou shalt put oil upon it, and lay frankincense thereon:
it is a meat offering.
And the priest shall burn the memorial of it, part of the beaten corn
thereof, and part of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense
thereof: it is an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness,
whether he hath seen or known of it; if he do not utter it, then he
shall bear his iniquity.
Or if a soul touch any unclean thing, whether it be a carcase of an
unclean beast, or a carcase of unclean cattle, or the carcase of unclean
creeping things, and if it be hidden from him; he also shall be unclean,
Or if he touch the uncleanness of man, whatsoever uncleanness it be
that a man shall be defiled withal, and it be hid from him; when he
knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty.
Or if a soul swear, pronouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do good,
whatsoever it be that a man shall pronounce with an oath, and it be
hid from him; when he knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty in one
And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these things, that
he shall confess that he hath sinned in that thing:
And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD for his sin which
he hath sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats,
for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning
And if he be not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring for his trespass,
which he hath committed, two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, unto
the LORD; one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering.
And he shall bring them unto the priest, who shall offer that which
is for the sin offering first, and wring off his head from his neck,
but shall not divide it asunder:
And he shall sprinkle of the blood of the sin offering upon the side
of the altar; and the rest of the blood shall be wrung out at the bottom
of the altar: it is a sin offering.
And he shall offer the second for a burnt offering, according to the
manner: and the priest shall make an atonement for him for his sin which
he hath sinned, and it shall be forgiven him.
But if he be not able to bring two turtledoves, or two young pigeons,
then he that sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an
ephah of fine flour for a sin offering; he shall put no oil upon it,
neither shall he put any frankincense thereon: for it is a sin
Then shall he bring it to the priest, and the priest shall take his
handful of it, even a memorial thereof, and burn it on the altar, according
to the offerings made by fire unto the LORD: it is a sin offering.
And the priest shall make an atonement for him as touching his sin that
he hath sinned in one of these, and it shall be forgiven him: and the
remnant shall be the priest's, as a meat offering.
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering:
It is the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the altar all
night unto the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be burning in
And the priest shall put on his linen garment, and his linen breeches
shall he put upon his flesh, and take up the ashes which the fire hath
consumed with the burnt offering on the altar, and he shall put them
beside the altar.
And he shall put off his garments, and put on other garments, and carry
forth the ashes without the camp unto a clean place.
And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be
put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay
the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat
of the peace offerings.
The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.
And this is the law of the meat offering: the sons of Aaron shall offer
it before the LORD, before the altar.
And he shall take of it his handful, of the flour of the meat offering,
and of the oil thereof, and all the frankincense which is upon
the meat offering, and shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour,
even the memorial of it, unto the LORD.
And the remainder thereof shall Aaron and his sons eat: with unleavened
bread shall it be eaten in the holy place; in the court of the tabernacle
of the congregation they shall eat it.
It shall not be baken with leaven. I have given it unto them for their
portion of my offerings made by fire; it is most holy, as is the sin
offering, and as the trespass offering.
All the males among the children of Aaron shall eat of it. It shall
be a statute for ever in your generations concerning the offerings of
the LORD made by fire: every one that toucheth them shall be holy.
And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth
deals shall be in one cake.
And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table
before the LORD.
And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may
be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the
Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually,
being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.
And it shall be Aaron's and his sons'; and they shall eat it in the
holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the LORD
made by fire by a perpetual statute.
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man's wife
go aside, and commit a trespass against him,
And a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her
husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and there be no witness
against her, neither she be taken with the manner;
And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife,
and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and
he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled:
Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, and he shall bring
her offering for her, the tenth part of an ephah of barley meal; he
shall pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense thereon; for
it is an offering of jealousy, an offering of memorial, bringing iniquity
For these Levites, the four chief porters, were in their set office,
and were over the chambers and treasuries of the house of God.
And they lodged round about the house of God, because the charge was
upon them, and the opening thereof every morning pertained to them.
And certain of them had the charge of the ministering vessels, that
they should bring them in and out by tale.
Some of them also were appointed to oversee the vessels, and all the
instruments of the sanctuary, and the fine flour, and the wine, and
the oil, and the frankincense, and the spices.
And some of the sons of the priests made the ointment of the spices.
On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people;
and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should
not come into the congregation of God for ever;
Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water,
but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our
God turned the curse into a blessing.
Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated
from Israel all the mixed multitude.
And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of the chamber
of the house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah:
And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime they laid
the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the
tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded to
be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings
of the priests.
But in all this time was not I at Jerusalem: for in the two and thirtieth
year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon came I unto the king, and after certain
days obtained I leave of the king:
And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that Eliashib did
for Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber in the courts of the house of
And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast forth all the household stuff
to Tobiah out of the chamber.
Then I commanded, and they cleansed the chambers: and thither brought
I again the vessels of the house of God, with the meat offering and
And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given
them: for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled
every one to his field.
Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God
forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in their place.
Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the
oil unto the treasuries.
Song of Solomon 3
By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but
I found him not.
I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad
ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found
The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye
him whom my soul loveth?
It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my
soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought
him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived
I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds
of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.
Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke,
perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the
Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; threescore valiant men are about
it, of the valiant of Israel.
They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword
upon his thigh because of fear in the night.
King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon.
He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the
covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for
the daughters of Jerusalem.
Song of Solomon 4
Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves'
eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear
from mount Gilead.
Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came
up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren
Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy
temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.
Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury, whereon
there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.
Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among
Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the
mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.
Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.
Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from
the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions'
dens, from the mountains of the leopards.
Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished
my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.
How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love
than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!
Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under
thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.
A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain
Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire,
Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense;
myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:
A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.
Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that
the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden,
and eat his pleasant fruits.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod
the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen
his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all
Jerusalem with him.
And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people
together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written
by the prophet,
And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the
princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule
my people Israel.
Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them
diligently what time the star appeared.
And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for
the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that
I may come and worship him also.
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which
they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over
where the young child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with
Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had
opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and
frankincense and myrrh.
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod,
they departed into their own country another way.
And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth
to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his
mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word:
for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and
departed into Egypt:
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having
great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great
is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the
hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication,
and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and
the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people,
that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her
For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according
to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much
torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen,
and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and
famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the
Lord God who judgeth her.
And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived
deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they
shall see the smoke of her burning,
Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that
great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment
And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no
man buyeth their merchandise any more:
The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls,
and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood,
and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious
wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and
wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and
horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and
all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and
thou shalt find them no more at all.
The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand
afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen,
and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones,
For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster,
and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea,
stood afar off,
And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city
is like unto this great city!
And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying,
Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships
in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made
Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for
God hath avenged you on her.
And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast
it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon
be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters,
shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever
craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone
shall be heard no more at all in thee;
And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the
voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all
in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy
sorceries were all nations deceived.
And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all
that were slain upon the earth.
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