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What was the benefit of having fine oils poured over a person? (Psalm 92:10)

10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
My understanding is that this practice was thought to have both literal and symbolic significance. From a biological standpoint, the oils used (especially fresh oils, as mentioned in the verse) were believed to physically rejuvenate the body and give the individual greater vigor. Symbolically, the application of oils was associated with a desire for honor, happiness, prosperity, divine blessing, and a bright future to be granted to the person to whom the oils were applied (similar to David's reference in Psalm 23:5 to God anointing his head with oil).

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