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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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