A luxury item produced from a plant grown in Arabia and India. It was a gift brought to the infant Jesus in the narrative of the Magi (Matt. 2: 11) and was used as a narcotic (Mark 15: 23) and for embalming (John 19: 39). Other uses may have been as an aphrodisiac (Prov. 7: 17; Esther 2: 12), but in Rome at the hour of judgement no one will buy it (Rev. 18: 13), for there is no market for luxury goods. The later tradition that myrrh symbolized grief or mourning is not biblical.