100 Bible Verses about Burning Incense

Psalm 141:2 ESV / 1,390 helpful votes

Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

Revelation 5:8 ESV / 1,316 helpful votes

And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

Luke 1:10 ESV / 1,166 helpful votes

And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense.

Exodus 30:9 ESV / 1,154 helpful votes

You shall not offer unauthorized incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering, and you shall not pour a drink offering on it.

Revelation 8:3-4 ESV / 1,122 helpful votes

And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.

Leviticus 10:1-2 ESV / 1,122 helpful votes

Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them. And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.

Leviticus 16:12-13 ESV / 1,020 helpful votes

And he shall take a censer full of coals of fire from the altar before the Lord, and two handfuls of sweet incense beaten small, and he shall bring it inside the veil and put the incense on the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is over the testimony, so that he does not die.

Exodus 30:7-8 ESV / 992 helpful votes

And Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it. Every morning when he dresses the lamps he shall burn it, and when Aaron sets up the lamps at twilight, he shall burn it, a regular incense offering before the Lord throughout your generations.

Leviticus 16:12 ESV / 962 helpful votes

And he shall take a censer full of coals of fire from the altar before the Lord, and two handfuls of sweet incense beaten small, and he shall bring it inside the veil

Revelation 8:3 ESV / 905 helpful votes

And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne,

Malachi 1:11 ESV / 884 helpful votes

For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.

Exodus 30:1-38 ESV / 802 helpful votes

“You shall make an altar on which to burn incense; you shall make it of acacia wood. A cubit shall be its length, and a cubit its breadth. It shall be square, and two cubits shall be its height. Its horns shall be of one piece with it. You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top and around its sides and its horns. And you shall make a molding of gold around it. And you shall make two golden rings for it. Under its molding on two opposite sides of it you shall make them, and they shall be holders for poles with which to carry it. You shall make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. ...

Exodus 25:6 ESV / 799 helpful votes

Oil for the lamps, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense,

Isaiah 1:13 ESV / 780 helpful votes

Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations— I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.

Exodus 30:1 ESV / 780 helpful votes

“You shall make an altar on which to burn incense; you shall make it of acacia wood.

Exodus 30:8 ESV / 723 helpful votes

And when Aaron sets up the lamps at twilight, he shall burn it, a regular incense offering before the Lord throughout your generations.

Exodus 40:5 ESV / 632 helpful votes

And you shall put the golden altar for incense before the ark of the testimony, and set up the screen for the door of the tabernacle.

Leviticus 16:13 ESV / 631 helpful votes

And put the incense on the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is over the testimony, so that he does not die.

Exodus 40:27 ESV / 614 helpful votes

And burned fragrant incense on it, as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Deuteronomy 33:10 ESV / 580 helpful votes

They shall teach Jacob your rules and Israel your law; they shall put incense before you and whole burnt offerings on your altar.

1 Kings 9:25 ESV / 574 helpful votes

Three times a year Solomon used to offer up burnt offerings and peace offerings on the altar that he built to the Lord, making offerings with it before the Lord. So he finished the house.

Exodus 30:7 ESV / 565 helpful votes

And Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it. Every morning when he dresses the lamps he shall burn it,

Exodus 30:34 ESV / 560 helpful votes

The Lord said to Moses, “Take sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum, sweet spices with pure frankincense (of each shall there be an equal part),

Leviticus 10:1 ESV / 541 helpful votes

Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them.

Exodus 37:25 ESV / 539 helpful votes

He made the altar of incense of acacia wood. Its length was a cubit, and its breadth was a cubit. It was square, and two cubits was its height. Its horns were of one piece with it.

Exodus 30:34-38 ESV / 525 helpful votes

The Lord said to Moses, “Take sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum, sweet spices with pure frankincense (of each shall there be an equal part), and make an incense blended as by the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy. You shall beat some of it very small, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting where I shall meet with you. It shall be most holy for you. And the incense that you shall make according to its composition, you shall not make for yourselves. It shall be for you holy to the Lord. Whoever makes any like it to use as perfume shall be cut off from his people.”

2 Chronicles 13:11 ESV / 521 helpful votes

They offer to the Lord every morning and every evening burnt offerings and incense of sweet spices, set out the showbread on the table of pure gold, and care for the golden lampstand that its lamps may burn every evening. For we keep the charge of the Lord our God, but you have forsaken him.

Numbers 16:17 ESV / 515 helpful votes

And let every one of you take his censer and put incense on it, and every one of you bring before the Lord his censer, 250 censers; you also, and Aaron, each his censer.”

Exodus 30:34-36 ESV / 515 helpful votes

The Lord said to Moses, “Take sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum, sweet spices with pure frankincense (of each shall there be an equal part), and make an incense blended as by the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy. You shall beat some of it very small, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting where I shall meet with you. It shall be most holy for you.

Exodus 37:29 ESV / 496 helpful votes

He made the holy anointing oil also, and the pure fragrant incense, blended as by the perfumer.

1 Kings 6:20 ESV / 492 helpful votes

The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and twenty cubits high, and he overlaid it with pure gold. He also overlaid an altar of cedar.

2 Chronicles 26:16-21 ESV / 491 helpful votes

But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the Lord his God and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. But Azariah the priest went in after him, with eighty priests of the Lord who were men of valor, and they withstood King Uzziah and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Go out of the sanctuary, for you have done wrong, and it will bring you no honor from the Lord God.” Then Uzziah was angry. Now he had a censer in his hand to burn incense, and when he became angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead in the presence of the priests in the house of the Lord, by the altar of incense. And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and behold, he was leprous in his forehead! And they rushed him out quickly, and he himself hurried to go out, because the Lord had struck him. ...

Numbers 16:46 ESV / 490 helpful votes

And Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer, and put fire on it from off the altar and lay incense on it and carry it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone out from the Lord; the plague has begun.”

Exodus 30:7-9 ESV / 488 helpful votes

And Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it. Every morning when he dresses the lamps he shall burn it, and when Aaron sets up the lamps at twilight, he shall burn it, a regular incense offering before the Lord throughout your generations. You shall not offer unauthorized incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering, and you shall not pour a drink offering on it.

Psalm 141:1-2 ESV / 485 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you! Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

Numbers 16:40 ESV / 483 helpful votes

To be a reminder to the people of Israel, so that no outsider, who is not of the descendants of Aaron, should draw near to burn incense before the Lord, lest he become like Korah and his company—as the Lord said to him through Moses.

Jeremiah 44:21 ESV / 482 helpful votes

“As for the offerings that you offered in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, you and your fathers, your kings and your officials, and the people of the land, did not the Lord remember them? Did it not come into his mind?

1 Kings 7:48 ESV / 481 helpful votes

So Solomon made all the vessels that were in the house of the Lord: the golden altar, the golden table for the bread of the Presence,

Jeremiah 48:35 ESV / 467 helpful votes

And I will bring to an end in Moab, declares the Lord, him who offers sacrifice in the high place and makes offerings to his god.

1 Kings 6:22 ESV / 456 helpful votes

And he overlaid the whole house with gold, until all the house was finished. Also the whole altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold.

Exodus 39:38 ESV / 446 helpful votes

The golden altar, the anointing oil and the fragrant incense, and the screen for the entrance of the tent;

Jeremiah 11:12 ESV / 444 helpful votes

Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will go and cry to the gods to whom they make offerings, but they cannot save them in the time of their trouble.

Jeremiah 6:20 ESV / 440 helpful votes

What use to me is frankincense that comes from Sheba, or sweet cane from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices pleasing to me.

Ezekiel 8:11 ESV / 431 helpful votes

And before them stood seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, with Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan standing among them. Each had his censer in his hand, and the smoke of the cloud of incense went up.

Jeremiah 11:17 ESV / 427 helpful votes

The Lord of hosts, who planted you, has decreed disaster against you, because of the evil that the house of Israel and the house of Judah have done, provoking me to anger by making offerings to Baal.”

Exodus 35:28 ESV / 422 helpful votes

And spices and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense.

Isaiah 6:4 ESV / 417 helpful votes

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.

Luke 1:9 ESV / 413 helpful votes

According to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

Exodus 35:8 ESV / 413 helpful votes

Oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense,

Exodus 30:6 ESV / 409 helpful votes

And you shall put it in front of the veil that is above the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy seat that is above the testimony, where I will meet with you.

2 Chronicles 2:4 ESV / 408 helpful votes

Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the Lord my God and dedicate it to him for the burning of incense of sweet spices before him, and for the regular arrangement of the showbread, and for burnt offerings morning and evening, on the Sabbaths and the new moons and the appointed feasts of the Lord our God, as ordained forever for Israel.

Numbers 4:16 ESV / 404 helpful votes

“And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest shall have charge of the oil for the light, the fragrant incense, the regular grain offering, and the anointing oil, with the oversight of the whole tabernacle and all that is in it, of the sanctuary and its vessels.”

Luke 1:9-80 ESV / 402 helpful votes

According to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. ...

Leviticus 4:7 ESV / 399 helpful votes

And the priest shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense before the Lord that is in the tent of meeting, and all the rest of the blood of the bull he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting.

Revelation 8:1 ESV / 392 helpful votes

When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

Revelation 8:4 ESV / 387 helpful votes

And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.

Jeremiah 41:5 ESV / 384 helpful votes

Eighty men arrived from Shechem and Shiloh and Samaria, with their beards shaved and their clothes torn, and their bodies gashed, bringing grain offerings and incense to present at the temple of the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:28 ESV / 364 helpful votes

Did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? I gave to the house of your father all my offerings by fire from the people of Israel.

Exodus 30:36-38 ESV / 334 helpful votes

You shall beat some of it very small, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting where I shall meet with you. It shall be most holy for you. And the incense that you shall make according to its composition, you shall not make for yourselves. It shall be for you holy to the Lord. Whoever makes any like it to use as perfume shall be cut off from his people.”

Numbers 16:46-47 ESV / 323 helpful votes

And Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer, and put fire on it from off the altar and lay incense on it and carry it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone out from the Lord; the plague has begun.” So Aaron took it as Moses said and ran into the midst of the assembly. And behold, the plague had already begun among the people. And he put on the incense and made atonement for the people.

Luke 1:11 ESV / 321 helpful votes

And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

1 Chronicles 6:49 ESV / 314 helpful votes

But Aaron and his sons made offerings on the altar of burnt offering and on the altar of incense for all the work of the Most Holy Place, and to make atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.

2 Chronicles 26:19 ESV / 307 helpful votes

Then Uzziah was angry. Now he had a censer in his hand to burn incense, and when he became angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead in the presence of the priests in the house of the Lord, by the altar of incense.

Hebrews 9:24 ESV / 303 helpful votes

For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

2 Chronicles 32:12 ESV / 303 helpful votes

Has not this same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, “Before one altar you shall worship, and on it you shall burn your sacrifices”?

Leviticus 6:15 ESV / 299 helpful votes

And one shall take from it a handful of the fine flour of the grain offering and its oil and all the frankincense that is on the grain offering and burn this as its memorial portion on the altar, a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

Exodus 40:1-38 ESV / 299 helpful votes

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “On the first day of the first month you shall erect the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. And you shall put in it the ark of the testimony, and you shall screen the ark with the veil. And you shall bring in the table and arrange it, and you shall bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps. And you shall put the golden altar for incense before the ark of the testimony, and set up the screen for the door of the tabernacle. ...

Exodus 35:15 ESV / 296 helpful votes

And the altar of incense, with its poles, and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense, and the screen for the door, at the door of the tabernacle;

Exodus 30:1-7 ESV / 290 helpful votes

“You shall make an altar on which to burn incense; you shall make it of acacia wood. A cubit shall be its length, and a cubit its breadth. It shall be square, and two cubits shall be its height. Its horns shall be of one piece with it. You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top and around its sides and its horns. And you shall make a molding of gold around it. And you shall make two golden rings for it. Under its molding on two opposite sides of it you shall make them, and they shall be holders for poles with which to carry it. You shall make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. ...

Matthew 2:11 ESV / 288 helpful votes

And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Isaiah 66:3 ESV / 288 helpful votes

“He who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, like one who breaks a dog's neck; he who presents a grain offering, like one who offers pig's blood; he who makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like one who blesses an idol. These have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations;

Numbers 16:16-35 ESV / 288 helpful votes

And Moses said to Korah, “Be present, you and all your company, before the Lord, you and they, and Aaron, tomorrow. And let every one of you take his censer and put incense on it, and every one of you bring before the Lord his censer, 250 censers; you also, and Aaron, each his censer.” So every man took his censer and put fire in them and laid incense on them and stood at the entrance of the tent of meeting with Moses and Aaron. Then Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the entrance of the tent of meeting. And the glory of the Lord appeared to all the congregation. And the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, ...

1 Kings 9:2 ESV / 279 helpful votes

The Lord appeared to Solomon a second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon.

1 Samuel 2:27 ESV / 279 helpful votes

And there came a man of God to Eli and said to him, “Thus the Lord has said, ‘Did I indeed reveal myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt subject to the house of Pharaoh?

1 Chronicles 4:19 ESV / 278 helpful votes

The sons of the wife of Hodiah, the sister of Naham, were the fathers of Keilah the Garmite and Eshtemoa the Maacathite.

Hebrews 9:4 ESV / 274 helpful votes

Having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant.

Isaiah 3:1-26 ESV / 265 helpful votes

For behold, the Lord God of hosts is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah support and supply, all support of bread, and all support of water; the mighty man and the soldier, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder, the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor and the skillful magician and the expert in charms. And I will make boys their princes, and infants shall rule over them. And the people will oppress one another, every one his fellow and every one his neighbor; the youth will be insolent to the elder, and the despised to the honorable. ...

Jeremiah 44:8 ESV / 264 helpful votes

Why do you provoke me to anger with the works of your hands, making offerings to other gods in the land of Egypt where you have come to live, so that you may be cut off and become a curse and a taunt among all the nations of the earth?

John 3:16 ESV / 261 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Numbers 16:35 ESV / 260 helpful votes

And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men offering the incense.

Numbers 7:62 ESV / 260 helpful votes

One golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;

Revelation 19:20 ESV / 256 helpful votes

And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.

Revelation 13:14 ESV / 256 helpful votes

And by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

Exodus 30:27 ESV / 253 helpful votes

And the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense,

1 Chronicles 9:29 ESV / 249 helpful votes

Others of them were appointed over the furniture and over all the holy utensils, also over the fine flour, the wine, the oil, the incense, and the spices.

1 Kings 12:33 ESV / 249 helpful votes

He went up to the altar that he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day in the eighth month, in the month that he had devised from his own heart. And he instituted a feast for the people of Israel and went up to the altar to make offerings.

Leviticus 2:1-2 ESV / 249 helpful votes

“When anyone brings a grain offering as an offering to the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour. He shall pour oil on it and put frankincense on it and bring it to Aaron's sons the priests. And he shall take from it a handful of the fine flour and oil, with all of its frankincense, and the priest shall burn this as its memorial portion on the altar, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

Revelation 1:2 ESV / 242 helpful votes

Who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.

Psalm 1:1-3:8 ESV / 242 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; ...

Revelation 21:22 ESV / 241 helpful votes

And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.

Revelation 17:18 ESV / 241 helpful votes

And the woman that you saw is the great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth.”

Revelation 11:12 ESV / 241 helpful votes

Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them.

Revelation 9:10 ESV / 241 helpful votes

They have tails and stings like scorpions, and their power to hurt people for five months is in their tails.

Revelation 7:8 ESV / 241 helpful votes

12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun, 12,000 from the tribe of Joseph, 12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.

Revelation 5:6 ESV / 241 helpful votes

And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

Revelation 3:4 ESV / 241 helpful votes

Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.

2 Thessalonians 1:8 ESV / 236 helpful votes

In flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 209 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Leviticus 2:15 ESV / 206 helpful votes

And you shall put oil on it and lay frankincense on it; it is a grain offering.

Isaiah 65:3 ESV / 196 helpful votes

A people who provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens and making offerings on bricks;

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