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Song of Songs 2:16 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— My beloved is mine, and I am his: He feedeth [his flock] among the lilies.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— My beloved [is] mine, and I [am] his: he feedeth among the lilies.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “My beloved is mine, and I am his; He pastures [his flock] among the lilies.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— My beloved [is] mine, and I [am] his: he feedeth among the lilies.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— My beloved is mine, and I am his; He feedeth [his flock] among the lilies,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— [SHE] My beloved, is, mine, and, I, am, his, he that pastureth among lilies!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— My beloved [is] mine, and I [am] his, Who is delighting among the lilies,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— My beloved to me, and I to him who feedeth among the lilies,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— My beloued [is] mine, and I [am] his: he feedeth among the lillies.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— My kinsman is mine, and I am his: he feeds [his flock] among the lilies.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— My beloved [is] mine, and I [am] his: he feedeth among the lilies.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
My beloved 1730
{1730} Prime
From an unused root meaning properly to boil, that is, (figuratively) to love; by implication a love token, lover, friend; specifically an uncle.
[is] mine, and I x589
(0589) Complement
Contracted from H0595; I.
[am] his: he feedeth 7462
{7462} Prime
A primitive root; to tend a flock, that is, pasture it; intransitively to graze (literally or figuratively); generally to rule; by extension to associate with (as a friend).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
among the lilies. 7799
{7799} Prime
From H7797; a lily (from its whiteness), as a flower or architectural ornament; also a (straight) trumpet (from the tubular shape).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Song of Songs 2:16

_ _ mine ... his — rather, “is for me ... for Him” (Hosea 3:3), where, as here, there is the assurance of indissoluble union, in spite of temporary absence. Song of Songs 2:17, entreating Him to return, shows that He has gone, perhaps through her want of guarding against the “little sins” (Song of Songs 2:15). The order of the clauses is reversed in Song of Songs 6:3, when she is riper in faith: there she rests more on her being His; here, on His being hers; and no doubt her sense of love to Him is a pledge that she is His (John 14:21, John 14:23; 1 Corinthians 8:3); this is her consolation in His withdrawal now.

_ _ I am his — by creation (Psalms 100:3), by redemption (John 17:10; Romans 14:8; 1 Corinthians 6:19).

_ _ feedeth — as a “roe,” or gazelle (Song of Songs 2:17); instinct is sure to lead him back to his feeding ground, where the lilies abound. So Jesus Christ, though now withdrawn, the bride feels sure will return to His favorite resting-place (Song of Songs 7:10; Psalms 132:14). So hereafter (Revelation 21:3). Psalms 45:1, title, terms his lovely bride’s “lilies” [Hengstenberg] pure and white, though among thorns (Song of Songs 2:2).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Song of Songs 2:14-17.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Song of Songs 2:16

My beloved — These are the words of the bride, who having come to him upon his gracious invitation, now maketh her boast of him. He feedeth — Abideth and refresheth himself amongst his faithful people, who are compared to lillies, Song of Songs 2:2.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Song of Songs 6:3 I [am] my beloved's, and my beloved [is] mine: he feedeth among the lilies.
Song of Songs 7:10 I [am] my beloved's, and his desire [is] toward me.
Song of Songs 7:13 The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates [are] all manner of pleasant [fruits], new and old, [which] I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.
Psalms 48:14 For this God [is] our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide [even] unto death.
Psalms 63:1 [[A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.]] O God, thou [art] my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
Jeremiah 31:33 But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
1 Corinthians 3:21-23 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; ... And ye are Christ's; and Christ [is] God's.
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Revelation 21:2-3 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. ... And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.


Song of Songs 2:1 I [am] the rose of Sharon, [and] the lily of the valleys.
Song of Songs 1:7 Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest [thy flock] to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?
Song of Songs 6:3 I [am] my beloved's, and my beloved [is] mine: he feedeth among the lilies.
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Ps 48:14; 63:1. So 1:7; 2:1; 6:3; 7:10, 13. Jr 31:33. 1Co 3:21. Ga 2:20. Rv 21:2.

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