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Song of Songs 5:11 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— His head is [as] the most fine gold; His locks are bushy, [and] black as a raven.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— His head [is as] the most fine gold, his locks [are] bushy, [and] black as a raven.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “His head is [like] gold, pure gold; His locks are [like] clusters of dates [And] black as a raven.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— His head [is as] the most fine gold, his locks [are] bushy, [and] black as a raven.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— His head is [as] the finest gold; His locks are flowing, black as the raven;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— His head, is pure gold,—his locks, are bushy, black as a raven;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— His head [is] pure gold—fine gold, His locks flowing, dark as a raven,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— His head is as the finest gold: his locks as branches of palm trees, black as a raven.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— His head [is] as the most fine gold, his locks [are] bushy, [and] blacke as a Rauen.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— His head is [as] very fine gold, his locks are flowing, black as a raven.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— His head [is as] the most fine gold, his locks [are] bushy, [and] black as a raven.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
His head 7218
{7218} Prime
From an unused root apparently meaning to shake; the head (as most easily shaken), whether literally or figuratively (in many applications, of place, time, rank, etc.).
[is as] the most 3800
{3800} Prime
From H3799; properly something carved out, that is, ore; hence gold (pure as originally mined).
fine gold, 6337
{6337} Prime
From H6388; pure (gold); hence gold itself (as refined).
his locks 6977
{6977} Prime
Feminine passive participle of H6972 in its original sense; a forelock (as shorn).
[are] bushy, 8534
{8534} Prime
By reduplication from H8524 through the idea of vibration; a trailing bough (as pendulous).
[and] black 7838
{7838} Prime
From H7835; properly dusky, but also (absolutely) jetty.
as a raven. 6158
{6158} Prime
From H6150; a raven (from its dusky hue).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Song of Songs 5:11

_ _ head ... goldthe Godhead of Jesus Christ, as distinguished from His heel, that is, His manhood, which was “bruised” by Satan; both together being one Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3). Also His sovereignty, as Nebuchadnezzar, the supreme king was “the head of gold” (Daniel 2:32-38; Colossians 1:18), the highest creature, compared with Him, is brass, iron, and clay. “Preciousness” (Greek, 1 Peter 2:7).

_ _ bushycurled, token of Headship. In contrast with her flowing locks (Song of Songs 4:1), the token of her subjection to Him (Psalms 8:4-8; 1 Corinthians 11:3, 1 Corinthians 11:6-15). The Hebrew is (pendulous as) the branches of a palm, which, when in leaf, resemble waving plumes of feathers.

_ _ black — implying youth; no “gray hairs” (Psalms 102:27; Psalms 110:3, Psalms 110:4; Hosea 7:9). Jesus Christ was crucified in the prime of vigor and manliness. In heaven, on the other hand, His hair is “white,” He being the Ancient of days (Daniel 7:9). These contrasts often concur in Him (Song of Songs 5:10), “white and ruddy”; here the “raven” (Song of Songs 5:12), the “dove,” as both with Noah in the ark (Genesis 8:11); emblems of judgment and mercy.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Song of Songs 5:9-16.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Song of Songs 5:11

As gold — It shines like gold, by reason of the crown of pure gold upon his head. We need not aim at a distinct application of this and the following particulars, unto some special excellency of Christ, because such things are mere conjectures, and the only design of this description is, to set forth the beauty of Christ under the notion of a most amiable person, in whom there is no defect or blemish, from the crown of his head to the sole of his feet.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Song of Songs 5:11

His (i) head [is as] the most fine gold, his locks [are] bushy, [and] black as a raven.

(i) She describes Christ to be of perfect beauty and comeliness.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Daniel 2:37-38 Thou, O king, [art] a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. ... And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou [art] this head of gold.
Ephesians 1:21-22 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: ... And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church,

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Song of Songs 7:5 Thine head upon thee [is] like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king [is] held in the galleries.
Daniel 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment [was] white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne [was like] the fiery flame, [and] his wheels [as] burning fire.
Revelation 1:14 His head and [his] hairs [were] white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes [were] as a flame of fire;

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“His locks are bushy” – Song of Songs 5:11. This phrase has been translated as “His locks upon a hill”. It depicts a hilly country which rises as steps – “bushy”, hill upon hill. These are the steps of the perfect man in His holy humanity living out the divine headship – “head of finest gold”. The eternal Head was exhibited in the step by step movements of the Man Jesus:
- The step of His incarnation, the eternal God come into time
- The step of His human living with His teachings, compassion, miracles, and purity apart from sin
- The step of His death in total obedience to the determined will of God
- The steps of resurrection and ascension as the triumphant God-Man upon the throne to carry out and administrate as the Head the eternal plan and purpose of God

- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (10/24/2018 5:36:39 AM)
“His locks are bushy, and black as a raven” – Song of Songs 5:11. This is the second of the ten features of the Beloved’s beauty as described by His bride. This is spoken by her as one unveiled and who has experienced Him intimately. “Locks” is that which grows over His forehead. The word for “locks” is only used twice in the Hebrew Bible, and both are found in the Song of Songs.
1) “locks with drops of the night” – as the Man of Sorrows suffering in the night, as Gethsemane
2) “locks are bushy, and black” – displaying the authority of obedience with the color of unending vigor and the attractiveness of youth
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (10/21/2018 4:51:08 AM)
“His head is as the most fine gold” – Song of Songs 5:11. Does this imply a crown of gold upon the head of our Beloved Christ? His earthly ministry as the “Man of Sorrows” issued in a “crown of thorns”; yet as the exalted King in His heavenly ministry He is seen crowned with many crowns (Rev. 14:14; 19:12). While the veiled world of corruption still places a crown of shame upon His head, may our lives, who love Him solely, be as a golden crown for the increase of His glory and honor!
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (10/20/2018 4:23:35 AM)
“His head is as the most fine gold” – Song of Songs 5:11. The headship of Christ in the epistle to the Ephesians is unveiled in three wonderful aspects: 1) the sovereign Head over all, stressing Christ in the government and administration of God (Eph. 1:22) 2) the Head of every member of the Body stressing Christ as our personal source, emphasizing the bountiful life supply (4:15-16) 3) the Head of the bride stressing His outpoured love to gain and perfect His counterpart (5:23)
Lord Jesus, you are truly the head of finest gold to all your lovers!
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (10/16/2018 7:09:16 PM)
The loving bride describes the Beloved Christ with a head of the finest gold, having the splendor of divinity. In Paul’s epistle to the Romans, he speaks of two men as two heads. The headship of the fallen race of Adam which issued in sin and death; and the headship of the Beloved Christ of the new creation which is of grace and righteousness issuing in eternal life to His loving believing.
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (10/14/2018 4:38:32 AM)
When the lovely bride describes the golden head of the Beloved Christ she speaks of the One who is the supreme and sovereign One. His authority is divine. His sovereign authority in the government of God arranges all things to work together for good to those who love God that the eternal will of God would be done. Lord Jesus, we look to you as our Bridegroom-head in every situation in our environment for we know that you are in control!
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (10/13/2018 4:29:51 AM)
“His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven” – Song of Songs 5:11. When the loving bride describes the head of her Beloved Christ, it implies at least five items: 1) His great eternal thoughts and intentions; 2) His sovereignty over all; 3) His leadership; 4) His Godhead; 5) the administrator in the economy of God. May the headship of our Beloved Christ be unveiled and real in our love life with Him!
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (10/12/2018 5:12:08 AM)
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