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Song of Songs 4:11 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Thy lips, O [my] bride, drop [as] the honeycomb: Honey and milk are under thy tongue; And the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Thy lips, O [my] spouse, drop [as] the honeycomb: honey and milk [are] under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments [is] like the smell of Lebanon.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Your lips, [my] bride, drip honey; Honey and milk are under your tongue, And the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Thy lips, O [my] spouse, drop [as] the honey-comb; honey and milk [are] under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments [is] like the smell of Lebanon.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Thy lips, [my] spouse, drop [as] the honeycomb; Honey and milk are under thy tongue; And the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— With sweetness, thy lips do drip, O bride,—Honey and milk, are under thy tongue, and, the fragrance of thy garments, is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Thy lips drop honey, O spouse, Honey and milk [are] under thy tongue, And the fragrance of thy garments [Is] as the fragrance of Lebanon.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Thy lips, my spouse, are as a dropping honeycomb, honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments, as the smell of frankincense.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Thy lips, [O my] spouse! drop [as] the hony combe: hony and milke [are] vnder thy tongue, and the smell of thy garments [is] like the smell of Lebanon.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Thy lips drop honeycomb, my spouse: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is as the smell of Lebanon{gr.Libanus}.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Thy lips, O [my] spouse, drop [as] the honeycomb: honey and milk [are] under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments [is] like the smell of Levanon.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Thy lips, 8193
{8193} Prime
שָׂפָה
saphah
{saw-faw'}
(The second form is in dual and plural); Probably from H5595 or H8192 through the idea of termination (compare H5490); the lip (as a natural boundary); by implication language; by analogy a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.).
O [my] spouse, 3618
{3618} Prime
כַּלָּה
kallah
{kal-law'}
From H3634; a bride (as if perfect); hence a son's wife.
drop 5197
{5197} Prime
נָטַף
nataph
{naw-taf'}
A primitive root; to ooze, that is, distil gradually; by implication to fall in drops; figuratively to speak by inspiration.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
[as] the honeycomb: 5317
{5317} Prime
נֹפֶת
nopheth
{no'-feth}
From H5130 in the sense of shaking to pieces; a dripping that is, of honey (from the comb).
honey 1706
{1706} Prime
דְּבַשׁ
d@bash
{deb-ash'}
From an unused root meaning to be gummy; honey (from its stickiness); by analogy syrup.
and milk 2461
{2461} Prime
חָלָב
chalab
{khaw-lawb'}
From the same as H2459; milk (as the richness of kine).
[are] under x8478
(8478) Complement
תַּחַת
tachath
{takh'-ath}
From the same as H8430; the bottom (as depressed); only adverbially below (often with prepositional prefix underneath), in lieu of, etc.
thy tongue; 3956
{3956} Prime
לָשׁוֹן
lashown
{law-shone'}
From H3960; the tongue (of man or animals), used literally (as the instrument of licking, eating, or speech), and figuratively (speech, an ingot, a fork of flame, a cove of water).
and the smell 7381
{7381} Prime
רֵיחַ
reyach
{ray'-akh}
From H7306; odor (as if blown).
of thy garments 8008
{8008} Prime
שַׂלְמָה
salmah
{sal-maw'}
Transposition for H8071; a dress.
[is] like the smell 7381
{7381} Prime
רֵיחַ
reyach
{ray'-akh}
From H7306; odor (as if blown).
of Lvnn לְבָנוֹן. 3844
{3844} Prime
לְבָנוֹן
L@banown
{leb-aw-nohn'}
From H3825; (the) white mountain (from its snow); Lebanon, a mountain range in Palestine.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Song of Songs 4:11

_ _ drop — always ready to fall, being full of honey, though not always (Proverbs 10:19) actually dropping (Song of Songs 5:13; Deuteronomy 32:2; Matthew 12:34).

_ _ honeycomb — (Proverbs 5:3; Proverbs 16:24).

_ _ under thy tongue — not always on, but under, the tongue, ready to fall (Psalms 55:21). Contrast her former state (Psalms 140:3; Romans 3:13). “Honey and milk” were the glory of the good land. The change is illustrated in the penitent thief. Contrast Matthew 27:44 with Luke 23:39, etc. It was literally with “one” eye, a sidelong glance of love “better than wine,” that he refreshed Jesus Christ (Song of Songs 4:9, Song of Songs 4:10). “To-day shalt thou be with Me (compare Song of Songs 4:8) in Paradise” (Song of Songs 4:12), is the only joyous sentence of His seven utterances on the cross.

_ _ smell of ... garments — which are often perfumed in the East (Psalms 45:8). The perfume comes from Him on us (Psalms 133:2). We draw nigh to God in the perfumed garment of our elder brother (Genesis 27:27; see Jude 1:23).

_ _ Lebanon — abounding in odoriferous trees (Hosea 14:5-7).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Song of Songs 4:8-14.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Song of Songs 4:11

Thy lips — Thy speeches both to me in prayer and praises, and to men for their edification, are highly acceptable to me. Milk — Words more sweet and comfortable than honey or milk. Garments — Of that righteousness wherewith I have adorned thee. Lebanon — Which was very sweet and grateful in regard of the great numbers of sweet — smelling spices and trees which grow on that mountain.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Song of Songs 4:11

Thy (g) lips, O [my] spouse, drop [as] the honeycomb: honey and milk [are] under thy tongue; and the scent of thy garments [is] like the fragrance of Lebanon.

(g) Because of your confession and thanksgiving.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
lips:

Song of Songs 4:3 Thy lips [are] like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech [is] comely: thy temples [are] like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.
Song of Songs 5:13 His cheeks [are] as a bed of spices, [as] sweet flowers: his lips [like] lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.
Song of Songs 7:9 And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth [down] sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.
Psalms 71:14-15 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. ... My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness [and] thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers [thereof].
Psalms 71:23-24 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed. ... My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.
Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive [us] graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.
Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name.

honey:

Song of Songs 5:1 I am come into my garden, my sister, [my] spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.
Proverbs 24:13-14 My son, eat thou honey, because [it is] good; and the honeycomb, [which is] sweet to thy taste: ... So [shall] the knowledge of wisdom [be] unto thy soul: when thou hast found [it], then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
Isaiah 7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

the smell:

Song of Songs 4:10 How fair is thy love, my sister, [my] spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!
Genesis 27:27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son [is] as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed:
Psalms 45:8 All thy garments [smell] of myrrh, and aloes, [and] cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
Hosea 14:7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive [as] the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof [shall be] as the wine of Lebanon.
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Gn 27:27. Ps 45:8; 71:14, 23. Pv 16:24; 24:13. So 4:3, 10; 5:1, 13; 7:9. Is 7:15. Ho 14:2, 7. He 13:15.

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