A liar is “loathsome” (acts disgustingly NASB) (887). This literally has the idea of being a little stinker. There are places in the Bible where I wish the translators would allow the literal meaning to stand. There are some word pictures that could burn the image into our hearts much better than modern equivalents. For instance the NASB marginal note points out that the literal meaning is “causes a bad odor.”
This is a picture that is used throughout the Bible. A word search for the words “sweet savour” in the KJV brings up 88 hits, all but one in the Old Testament. It is tied to the sacrifices offered up to God. It is used once in the New Testament. Let me give you that in its context.
(2 Corinthians 2:14-16 KJV) Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?God’s people also have a smell but it is now defined as the smell of life.
So? What is your aroma? Are you the smell of death or life?