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Song of Songs 5:11

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— “His head is [like] gold, pure gold; His locks are [like] clusters of dates [And] black as a raven.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— His head [is as] the most fine gold, his locks [are] bushy, [and] black as a raven.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— His head is [as] the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, [and] black as a raven.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— His head is [as] the most fine gold; His locks are bushy, [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.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— His head is as fine golde, his lockes curled, and blacke as a rauen.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— His head [is] as the most fine gold, his locks [are] bushy, [and] blacke as a Rauen.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— His head is like the finest gold, his locks straight and black as a raven.
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,

his locks:

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;

or, curled
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