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Song of Songs 6:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— My beloved is gone down to his garden, To the beds of spices, To feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “My beloved has gone down to his garden, To the beds of balsam, To pasture [his flock] in the gardens And gather lilies.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, To feed in the gardens and to gather lilies.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— [SHE] My beloved, is gone down to his garden, to the beds of balsam,—to pasture in the gardens, and to gather lilies,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— My beloved went down to his garden, To the beds of the spice, To delight himself in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the bed of aromatical spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— My beloued is gone downe into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feede in the gardens, and to gather lillies.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— My kinsman is gone down to his garden, to the beds of spice, to feed [his flock] in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
My beloved 1730
{1730} Prime
דּוֹד
dowd
{dode}
From an unused root meaning properly to boil, that is, (figuratively) to love; by implication a love token, lover, friend; specifically an uncle.
is gone down 3381
{3381} Prime
יָרַד
yarad
{yaw-rad'}
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).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
into his garden, 1588
{1588} Prime
גָּן
gan
{gan}
From H1598; a garden (as fenced).
to the beds 6170
{6170} Prime
עֲרוּגָה
`aruwgah
{ar-oo-gaw'}
Feminine passive participle of H6165; something piled up (as if (figuratively) raised by mental aspiration), that is, a parterre.
of spices, 1314
{1314} Prime
בֶּשֶׂם
besem
{beh'-sem}
From the same as H1313; fragrance; by implication spicery; also the balsam plant.
to feed 7462
{7462} Prime
רָעָה
ra`ah
{raw-aw'}
A primitive root; to tend a flock, that is, pasture it; intransitively to graze (literally or figuratively); generally to rule; by extension to associate with (as a friend).
z8800
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
in the gardens, 1588
{1588} Prime
גָּן
gan
{gan}
From H1598; a garden (as fenced).
and to gather 3950
{3950} Prime
לקט
laqat
{law-kat'}
A primitive root; properly to pick up, that is, (generally) to gather; specifically to glean.
z8800
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
lilies. 7799
{7799} Prime
שׁוּשָׁן
shuwshan
{shoo-shan'}
From H7797; a lily (from its whiteness), as a flower or architectural ornament; also a (straight) trumpet (from the tubular shape).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Song of Songs 6:2

_ _ gone down — Jerusalem was on a hill (answering to its moral elevation), and the gardens were at a little distance in the valleys below.

_ _ beds of spices — (balsam) which He Himself calls the “mountain of myrrh,” etc. (Song of Songs 4:6), and again (Song of Songs 8:14), the resting-place of His body amidst spices, and of His soul in paradise, and now in heaven, where He stands as High Priest for ever. Nowhere else in the Song is there mention of mountains of spices.

_ _ feed in ... gardens — that is, in the churches, though He may have withdrawn for a time from the individual believer: she implies an invitation to the daughters of Jerusalem to enter His spiritual Church, and become lilies, made white by His blood. He is gathering some lilies now to plant on earth, others to transplant into heaven (Song of Songs 5:1; Genesis 5:24; Mark 4:28, Mark 4:29; Acts 7:60).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Song of Songs 6:1-3.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Song of Songs 6:2

Is gone — The spouse had hitherto been at a loss for her beloved, but having diligently sought him, now at last she meets with a gracious answer from God, directing her where to find him. The garden may signify the church catholic, and the gardens, as it follows, as also the beds, the particular assemblies of the faithful, in which Christ affords his presence. Spices — In which the gifts and graces of God's spirit, fitly compared to spices, grow. To feed — To refresh and delight himself. Lillies — Which may denote either, particular believers, whom Christ gathers to himself in his church; or, the prayers and praises of his people in the publick congregations.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Song of Songs 6:2

My beloved is gone down into his (a) garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

(a) That is, is conversant here in earth among men.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
gone:

Song of Songs 6:11 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.
Song of Songs 4:12-16 A garden inclosed [is] my sister, [my] spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. ... Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, [that] the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.
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.
Isaiah 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
Isaiah 61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.

the beds:

Song of Songs 5:13 His cheeks [are] as a bed of spices, [as] sweet flowers: his lips [like] lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.

feed:

Song of Songs 1:7-8 Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest [thy flock] to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions? ... If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.
Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry [them] in his bosom, [and] shall gently lead those that are with young.
Ezekiel 34:23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, [even] my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee [is] mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
John 4:34-35 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. ... Say not ye, There are yet four months, and [then] cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

and to:

Song of Songs 2:2 As the lily among thorns, so [is] my love among the daughters.
Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth [it] to heart: and merciful men [are] taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil [to come].
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.
John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
Philippians 1:21-23 For to me to live [is] Christ, and to die [is] gain. ... For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. ... For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
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So 1:7; 2:2; 4:12; 5:1, 13; 6:11. Is 40:11; 57:1; 58:11; 61:11. Ezk 34:23. Zp 3:17. Mt 18:20; 28:20. Jn 4:34; 14:3; 17:24. Php 1:21. 1Th 4:13. Rv 7:17.

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