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Part of the face between the eye and mouth which bears the nostrils and covers the nasal cavity. Jewelry was worn in the nose (Genesis 24:47 ; Isaiah 3:21 ; Ezekiel 16:12 ). Prisoners of war were sometimes led captive with hooks in their noses (2 Kings 19:28 ; Isaiah 37:29 ). The precise significance of placing a vine or branch to one's nose (Ezekiel 8:17 ) is unknown. Suggestions include an act connected with idolatrous worship, a provocative gesture (compare our turning up one's nose), or, if the text is emended, to a stench from the people which reaches God's nose. Cutting off the nose of an adulteress is a penalty known from Assyrian law (Ezekiel 23:25 ,Ezekiel 23:25,23:35 ).

Nostrils are often associated with the breath of life (Genesis 2:7 ; Genesis 7:22 ; Job 27:3 ; Isaiah 2:22 ). The Lord's nostrils pile up the waters, allowing passage through the sea (Exodus 15:8 ; 2 Samuel 22:16 ) and are associated with judgment (2 Samuel 22:9 ; Job 41:20 ; Psalm 18:8 ; Isaiah 65:5 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Nose'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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