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Song of Songs 6:11 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— I went down into the garden of nuts, To see the green plants of the valley, To see whether the vine budded, [And] the pomegranates were in flower.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, [and] to see whether the vine flourished, [and] the pomegranates budded.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “I went down to the orchard of nut trees To see the blossoms of the valley, To see whether the vine had budded [Or] the pomegranates had bloomed.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, [and] to see whether the vine flourished, [and] the pomegranates budded.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— I went down into the garden of nuts, To see the verdure of the valley, To see whether the vine budded, Whether the pomegranates blossomed.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— [HE] To the garden of nuts, I went down, to look at the fresh shoots of the ravine,—to see whether: had burst forth the vine, had blossomed the pomegranate:—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Unto a garden of nuts I went down, To look on the buds of the valley, To see whither the vine had flourished, The pomegranates had blossomed—
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— I went down into the garden of nuts, to see the fruits of the valleys, and to look if the vineyard had flourished, and the pomegranates budded.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— I went downe into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, [and] to see whether the vine flourished, [and] the pomegranats budded.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— I went down to the garden of nuts, to look at the fruits of the valley, to see if the vine flowered, [if] the pomegranates blossomed.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, [and] to see whether the vine flourished, [and] the pomegranates budded.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
I went down 3381
{3381} Prime
A primitive root; to descend (literally to go downwards; or conventionally to a lower region, as the shore, a boundary, the enemy, etc.; or figuratively to fall); causatively to bring down (in all the above applications).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
into x413
(0413) Complement
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near, with or among; often in general, to.
the garden 1594
{1594} Prime
Another form for H1593.
of nuts 93
{0093} Prime
Probably of Persian origin; a nut.
to see 7200
{7200} Prime
A primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitively, intransitively and causatively).
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
the fruits 3
{0003} Prime
From the same as H0024; a green plant.
of the valley, 5158
{5158} Prime
From H5157 in its original sense; a stream, especially a winter torrent; (by implication) a (narrow) valley (in which a brook runs); also a shaft (of a mine).
[and] to see 7200
{7200} Prime
A primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitively, intransitively and causatively).
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
whether the vine 1612
{1612} Prime
From an unused root meaning to bend; a vine (as twining), especially the grape.
flourished, 6524
{6524} Prime
A primitive root; to break forth as a bud, that is, bloom; generally to spread; specifically to fly (as extending the wings); figuratively to flourish.
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
[and] the pomegranates 7416
{7416} Prime
From H7426; a pomegranate, the tree (from its upright growth) or the fruit (also an artificial ornament).
budded. 5132
{5132} Prime
A primitive root; properly to flash; hence, to blossom (from the brilliancy of color); also, to fly away (from the quickness of motion).
<8689> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2675
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Song of Songs 6:11

_ _ The bride’s words; for she everywhere is the narrator, and often soliloquizes, which He never does. The first garden (Song of Songs 2:11-13) was that of spring, full of flowers and grapes not yet ripe; the second, autumn, with spices (which are always connected with the person of Jesus Christ), and nothing unripe (Song of Songs 4:13, etc.). The third here, of “nuts,” from the previous autumn; the end of winter, and verge of spring; the Church in the upper room (Acts 1:13, etc.), when one dispensation was just closed, the other not yet begun; the hard shell of the old needing to be broken, and its inner sweet kernel extracted [Origen] (Luke 24:27, Luke 24:32); waiting for the Holy Ghost to usher in spiritual spring. The walnut is meant, with a bitter outer husk, a hard shell, and sweet kernel. So the Word is distasteful to the careless; when awakened, the sinner finds the letter hard, until the Holy Ghost reveals the sweet inner spirit.

_ _ fruits of the Valley — Maurer translates, “the blooming products of the river,” that is, the plants growing on the margin of the river flowing through the garden. She goes to watch the first sproutings of the various plants.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Song of Songs 6:11-13

_ _ Christ having now returned to his spouse, and the breach being entirely made up, and the falling out of these lovers being the renewing of love, Christ here gives an account both of the distance and of the reconciliation.

_ _ I. That when he had withdrawn from his church as his spouse, and did not comfort her, yet even then he had his eye upon it as his garden, which he took care of (Song of Songs 6:11): “I went down into the garden of nuts, or nutmegs, to see the fruits of the valley, with complacency and concern, to see them as my own.” When he was out of sight he was no further off than the garden, hid among the trees of the garden, in a low and dark valley; but then he was observing how the vine flourished, that he might do all that to it which was necessary to promote its flourishing, and might delight himself in it as a man does in a fruitful garden. He went to see whether the pomegranates budded. Christ observes the first beginnings of the good work of grace in the soul and the early buddings of devout affections and inclinations there, and is well pleased with them, as we are with the blossoms of the spring.

_ _ II. That yet he could not long content himself with this, but suddenly felt a powerful, irresistible, inclination in his own bosom to return to his church, as his spouse, being moved with her lamentations after him, and her languishing desire towards him (Song of Songs 6:12): “Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Ammi-nadib; I could not any longer keep at a distance; my repentings were kindled together, and I presently resolved to fly back to the arms of my love, my dove.” Thus Joseph made himself strange to his brethren, for a while, to chastise them for their former unkindnesses, and make trial of their present temper, till he could no longer refrain himself, but, or ever he was aware, burst out into tears, and said, I am Joseph, Genesis 45:1, Genesis 45:3. And now the spouse perceives, as David did (Psalms 31:22), that though she said in her haste, I am cut off from before thy eyes, yet, at the same time, he heard the voice of her supplications, and became like the chariots of Ammi-nadib, which were noted for their beauty and swiftness. My soul put me into the chariots of my willing people (so some read it), “the chariots of their faith, and hope, and love, their desires, and prayers, and expectations, which they sent after me, to fetch me back, as chariots of fire with horses of fire.” Note, 1. Christ's people are, and ought to be, a willing people. 2. If they continue seeking Christ and longing after him, even when he seems to withdraw from them, he will graciously return to them in due time, perhaps sooner than they think and with a pleasing surprise. No chariots sent for Christ shall return empty. 3. All Christ's gracious returns to his people take rise from himself. It is not they, it is his own soul, that puts him into the chariots of his people; for he is gracious because he will be gracious, and loves his Israel because he would love them; not for their sakes, be it known to them.

_ _ III. That he, having returned to her, kindly courted her return to him, notwithstanding the discouragements she laboured under. Let her not despair of obtaining as much comfort as ever she had before this distance happened, but take the comfort of the return of her beloved, Song of Songs 6:13. Here, 1. The church is called Shulamite, referring either to Solomon, the bridegroom in type, by whose name she is called, in token of her relation to him and union with him (thus believers are called Christians from Christ), or referring to Salem, the place of her birth and residence, as the woman of Shunem is called the Shunamite. Heaven is the Salem whence the saints have their birth, and where they have their citizenship; those that belong to Christ, and are bound for heaven, shall be called Shulamites. 2. She is invited to return, and the invitation most earnestly pressed: Return, return; and again, “Return, return; recover the peace thou hast lost and forfeited; come back to thy former composedness and cheerfulness of spirit.” Note, Good Christians, after they have had their comfort disturbed, are sometimes hard to be pacified, and need to be earnestly persuaded to return again to their rest. As revolting sinners have need to be called to again and again (Turn you, turn you, why will you die?) so disquieted saints have need to be called to again and again, Turn you, turn you, why will you droop; Why art thou cast down, O my soul? 3. Having returned, she is desired to show her face: That we may look upon thee. Go no longer with they face covered like a mourner. Let those that have made their peace with God lift up their faces without spot (Job 22:26); let them come boldly to his throne of grace. Christ is pleased with the cheerfulness and humble confidence of his people, and would have them look pleasant. “Let us look upon thee, not I only, but the holy angels, who rejoice in the consolation of saints as well as in the conversion of sinners; not I only, but all the daughters.” Christ and believers are pleased with the beauty of the church. 4. A short account is given of what is to be seen in her. The question is asked, What will you see in the Shulamite? And it is answered, As it were the company of two armies. (1.) Some think she gives this account of herself; she is shy of appearing, unwilling to be looked upon, having, in her own account, no form or comeliness. Alas! says she, What will you see in the Shulamite? nothing that is worth your looking upon, nothing but as it were the company of two armies actually engaged, where nothing is to be seen but blood and slaughter. The watchmen had smitten her, and wounded her, and she carried in her face the marks of those wounds, looked as if she had been fighting. She had said (Song of Songs 1:6), Look not upon me because I am black; here she says, “Look not upon me because I am bloody.” Or it may denote the constant struggle that is between grace and corruption in the souls of believers; they are in them as two armies continually skirmishing, which makes her ashamed to show her face. (2.) Others think her beloved gives the account of her. “I will tell you what you shall see in the Shulamite; you shall see as noble a sight as that of two armies, or two parts of the same army, drawn out in rank and file; not only as an army with banners, but as two armies, with a majesty double to what was before spoken; she is as Mahanaim, as the two hosts which Jacob saw (Genesis 32:1, Genesis 32:2), a host of saints and a host of angels ministering to them; the church militant, the church triumphant.” Behold two armies; in both the church appears beautiful.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Song of Songs 6:11

I went — When I went away from thee these are the words of the bridegroom. Valley — Which being low, and well watered is very fruitful. To see — What beginnings or appearances there were of good fruits or works among believers.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Song of Songs 6:11

I went down into the (f) garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, [and] to see whether the vine flourished, [and] the pomegranates budded.

(f) He went down into the synagogue to see what fruits came from the law, and the prophets.

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the garden:

Song of Songs 6:2 My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
Song of Songs 4:12-15 A garden inclosed [is] my sister, [my] spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. ... A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.
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.
Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Psalms 92:12-15 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. ... To shew that the LORD [is] upright: [he is] my rock, and [there is] no unrighteousness in him.
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

to see the:

Song of Songs 7:12 Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, [whether] the tender grape appear, [and] the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves.
Isaiah 5:2-4 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. ... What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
Mark 11:13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not [yet].
Luke 13:7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
Acts 15:36 And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, [and see] how they do.
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Gn 2:9. Ps 92:12. So 4:12; 5:1; 6:2; 7:12. Is 5:2. Mk 11:13. Lk 13:7. Jn 15:16. Ac 15:36.

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“I went to see if the vine flourished” – S. of S. 6:11. The bride discerns the work of God and inspects the fruitfulness of many loving seekers who are in vital union and fellowship with the true Vine. By their dynamic outflow of abiding in the Son, the Father is glorified.
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (5/10/2019 6:21:33 AM)
“I went down to see” – S. of S. 6:11. The bride went down in lowliness and humility to serve and this became her advance in the revelation and vision of the heart of Christ. Though she was in a low valley, the eyes of her heart were unveiled to see the heavenly things of Christ.
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (5/1/2019 6:31:37 AM)
“I went into the garden of nuts” – S. of S. 6:11. The lowly appearance of Jesus in His humanity was as the hard shell of a “nut”, for “He had no beauty or majesty
to attract us or desire him” – Isa. 53:2. Yet the sweet inner beauty of His Person is seen and held by loving hearts.
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (4/28/2019 4:49:26 AM)
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