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Song of Songs 5:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— His cheeks are as a bed of spices, [As] banks of sweet herbs: His lips are [as] lilies, dropping liquid myrrh.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— His cheeks [are] as a bed of spices, [as] sweet flowers: his lips [like] lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “His cheeks are like a bed of balsam, Banks of sweet-scented herbs; His lips are lilies Dripping with liquid myrrh.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— His cheeks [are] as a bed of spices, [as] sweet flowers: his lips [like] lilies, dropping sweet-smelling myrrh.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— His cheeks are as a bed of spices, raised beds of sweet plants; His lips lilies, dropping liquid myrrh.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— His cheeks, like a raised bed of balsam, growing plants of perfume,—His lips, lilies, dripping with myrrh distilling:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— His cheeks as a bed of the spice, towers of perfumes, His lips [are] lilies, dropping flowing myrrh,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— His cheeks are as beds of aromatical spices set by the perfumers. His lips are as lilies dropping choice myrrh.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— His cheekes [are] as a bed of spices, [as] sweete flowers: his lippes [like] lillies, dropping sweete smelling myrrhe.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— His cheeks are as bowls of spices pouring forth perfumes: his lips are lilies, dropping choice myrrh.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— His cheeks [are] as a bed of spices, [as] sweet flowers: his lips [like] lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
His cheeks 3895
{3895} Prime
From an unused root meaning to be soft; the cheek (from its fleshiness); hence the jaw bone.
[are] as a bed 6170
{6170} Prime
Feminine passive participle of H6165; something piled up (as if (figuratively) raised by mental aspiration), that is, a parterre.
of spices, 1314
{1314} Prime
From the same as H1313; fragrance; by implication spicery; also the balsam plant.
[as] sweet 4840
{4840} Prime
From H7543; a spicy herb.
flowers: 4026
{4026} Prime
From H1431; a tower (from its size or height); by analogy a rostrum; figuratively a (pyramidal) bed of flowers.
his lips 8193
{8193} Prime
(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.).
[like] 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).
dropping 5197
{5197} Prime
A primitive root; to ooze, that is, distil gradually; by implication to fall in drops; figuratively to speak by inspiration.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
sweet smelling 5674
{5674} Prime
A primitive root; to cross over; used very widely of any transition (literally or figuratively; transitively, intransitively, intensively or causatively); specifically to cover (in copulation).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
myrrh. 4753
{4753} Prime
From H4843; myrrh (as distilling in drops, and also as bitter).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Song of Songs 5:13

_ _ cheeks — the seat of beauty, according to the Hebrew meaning [Gesenius]. Yet men smote and spat on them (Isaiah 50:6).

_ _ bed — full, like the raised surface of the garden bed; fragrant with ointments, as beds with aromatic plants (literally, “balsam”).

_ _ sweet flowers — rather, “terraces of aromatic herbs” — “high-raised parterres of sweet plants,” in parallelism to “bed,” which comes from a Hebrew root, meaning “elevation.”

_ _ lips — (Psalms 45:2; John 7:46).

_ _ lilies — red lilies. Soft and gentle (1 Peter 2:22, 1 Peter 2:23). How different lips were man’s (Psalms 22:7)!

_ _ dropping ... myrrh — namely, His lips, just as the sweet dewdrops which hang in the calyx of the lily.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

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

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Song of Songs 5:13

Cheeks — His face or countenance, an eminent part whereof is the cheeks. Spices — Of aromatic flowers which delight both the eye with a pleasant prospect, and the smell with their fragrancy. Lillies — Beautiful and pleasant.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Song of Songs 1:10 Thy cheeks are comely with rows [of jewels], thy neck with chains [of gold].
Isaiah 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

as a:

Psalms 4:6-7 [There be] many that say, Who will shew us [any] good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. ... Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time [that] their corn and their wine increased.
Psalms 27:4 One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
Psalms 89:15 Blessed [is] the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.
Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof.

sweet flowers:
or, towers of perfumes,
Song of Songs 3:6 Who [is] this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?

his lips:

Song of Songs 4:11 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.
Psalms 45:2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to [him that is] weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
Luke 4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?


Song of Songs 5:5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped [with] myrrh, and my fingers [with] sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.
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Ps 4:6; 27:4; 45:2; 89:15. So 1:10; 3:6; 4:11; 5:5. Is 50:4, 6. Lk 4:22. Rv 21:23.

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“His lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh” – Song of Songs 5:13b. The “lips” of our Beloved Christ display His smile. A hymn writer wrote the line, “His gracious smile is our reward, we love, we love Thee Lord”. Despite so many attacks of the enemy, so many discouragements, and times when we felt like giving up, our pathway and journey to glory is often cheered by the loving smile of His lips!
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (11/7/2018 5:33:42 AM)
“His lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh” – Song of Songs 5:13b. The words of our Beloved Christ are “spirit and life” (John 6:63). His holy breath, from His heart of love, was formed into words through His lips to be breathed into His loving seekers. The inbreathing of His holy words produces bridal affections, characteristics and beauty to match Him as His counterpart (2 Tim. 3:16; Eph. 5:26).
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (11/5/2018 7:07:04 AM)
“His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers” – Song of Songs 5:13a. As lovers of Christ, the beauty of His face attracts us. The sweet flowers or towers of perfume seen and realized in His face are manifestations of Himself to us as we sense His presence in the Word and prayer. Even when we gather with two or three other loving seekers in His Name, His sweet and fragrance presence is manifested to us as we seek His face of beauty and glory!
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (11/2/2018 6:18:38 AM)
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