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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #5208 - נִיחֹחַ
1) soothing, tranquillising
1310) kn (נכ NK) AC: Crush CO: Spice AB: ?: The pictograph n is a picture of a seed, the k is a picture of the palm of the hand. Combined these mean "seed in the palm". Seeds of certain plants were placed in the palm and rubbed with the thumb to a powdery spice.
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
נִיחֹחַ m. prop. acquiescence (from the root נוּחַ. like the Arab. دَيْمُومَةُ from the root دَامَ, بَيْنُو ذَةُ from the root نان, De Sacy Gramm. Arab., i. p. 561), i.e. satisfaction, delight (as in Lat. acquiescere in aliqua re used for delectari. Syriac ܐܶܬܬܢܺܝܚ ܒ to be delighted with any thing, Barhebr., page 221; ܢܝ݀݀ܚܙ delight, ibid. page 38; Talmud. ניחא לך does it please thee?) Always in this phrase, רֵיהַ נִיחֹחַ an odour of satisfaction, i.e. sweet, agreeable. Genesis 8:21, וַיָּרַח יְהֹוָה אֶת־רֵיחַ הַנִּיחֹחַ “and the Lord smelled a sweet savour;” as if τὴν κνίσσην. Levit. 2:12 26:31 Numbers 15:3; Ezekiel 6:13, 20:28, 41 Ezekiel 20:41. In the Mosaic precepts concerning sacrifice, there is very frequently added, רֵיחַ נִיחֹחַ לַיהוָֹה a sweet odour to Jehovah; Leviticus 1:9, 13, 17 2:2, 3:5 6:14 Numbers 15:7, seq.; 28:8 and לְרֵיחַ נִיחֹחַ אִשֶּׁה לַיהוָֹה Numbers 28:6, 13 Numbers 28:13, 29:6, etc. Hence has sprung the Chaldee word
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