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Song of Songs 7:5 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Thy head upon thee is like Carmel, And the hair of thy head like purple; The king is held captive in the tresses [thereof].
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Thine head upon thee [is] like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king [is] held in the galleries.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Your head crowns you like Carmel, And the flowing locks of your head are like purple threads; [The] king is captivated by [your] tresses.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Thy head upon thee [is] like Carmel, and the hair of thy head like purple; the king [is] held in the galleries.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Thy head upon thee is like Carmel, And the locks of thy head like purple; The king is fettered by [thy] ringlets!
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Thy head upon thee, is like Carmel, And, the hair of thy head, is like purple,—The king, is held captive by the ringlets!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Thy head upon thee as Carmel, And the locks of thy head as purple, The king is bound with the flowings!
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Thy head is like Carmel: and the hairs of thy head as the purple of the king bound in the channels.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Thine head vpon thee [is] like Carmel, and the haire of thine head like purple, the king is held in the galleries.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Thy head upon thee is as Carmel, and the curls of thy hair like scarlet; the king is bound in the galleries.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Thine head upon thee [is] like Karmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king [is] held in the galleries.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Thine 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.).
upon x5921
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
thee [is] like Carmel כַּרמֶל, 3760
{3760} Prime
The same as H3759; Karmel, the name of a hill and of a town in Palestine.
and the hair 1803
{1803} Prime
From H1802; properly something dangling, that is, a loose thread or hair; figuratively indigent.
of thine 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.).
like purple; 713
{0713} Prime
Of foreign origin; purple (the color or the dyed stuff).
the king 4428
{4428} Prime
From H4427; a king.
[is] held 631
{0631} Prime
A primitive root; to yoke or hitch; by analogy to fasten in any sense, to join battle.
<8803> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Passive (See H8815)
Count - 1415
in the galleries. 7298
{7298} Prime
From an unused root apparently meaning to hollow out; a channel or watering box; by resemblance a ringlet of hair (as forming parallel lines).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Song of Songs 7:5

_ _ upon thee — the headdress “upon” her.

_ _ Carmel — signifying a well-cultivated field (Isaiah 35:2). In Song of Songs 5:15 He is compared to majestic Lebanon; she here, to fruitful Carmel. Her headdress, or crown (2 Timothy 4:8; 1 Peter 5:4). Also the souls won by her (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 1 Thessalonians 2:20), a token of her fruitfulness.

_ _ purple — royalty (Revelation 1:6). As applied to hair, it expresses the glossy splendor of black hair (literally, “pendulous hair”) so much admired in the East (Song of Songs 4:1). While the King compares her hair to the flowering hair of goats (the token of her subjection), the daughters of Jerusalem compare it to royal purple.

_ _ galleries — (so Song of Songs 1:17, Margin; Revelation 21:3). But Maurer translates here, “flowing ringlets”; with these, as with “thongs” (so Lee, from the Arabic translates it) “the King is held” bound (Song of Songs 6:5; Proverbs 6:25). Her purple crowns of martyrdom especially captivated the King, appearing from His galleries (Acts 7:55, Acts 7:56). As Samson’s strength was in his locks (Judges 16:17). Here first the daughters see the King themselves.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Song of Songs 7:1-9.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Song of Songs 7:5

Carmel — Eminent and pleasant to the eye, and fruitful as mount Carmel was. Which may denote that her mind was replenished with knowledge, and other excellent gifts of the Holy Ghost. Purple — Which colour was anciently much esteemed. Is held — In which he walks, and having once espied thee, is unable to take off his eyes from thee.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Song of Songs 7:5

Thy head upon thee [is] like Carmel, and the hair of thy head like purple; the king [is] (c) held captive by [its] locks of hair.

(c) He delights to come near you, and to be in your company.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Isaiah 35:2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, [and] the excellency of our God.
Ephesians 1:22 And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church,
Ephesians 4:15-16 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ: ... From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.
Colossians 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

or, crimson,
Micah 7:14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily [in] the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed [in] Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.

the hair:

Song of Songs 4:1 Behold, thou [art] fair, my love; behold, thou [art] fair; thou [hast] doves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair [is] as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.
Song of Songs 5:11 His head [is as] the most fine gold, his locks [are] bushy, [and] black as a raven.
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;

the king:

Song of Songs 1:17 The beams of our house [are] cedar, [and] our rafters of fir.
Genesis 32:26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
Psalms 68:24 They have seen thy goings, O God; [even] the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.
Psalms 87:2 The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
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.

Heb. bound
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Gn 32:26. Ps 68:24; 87:2. So 1:17; 4:1; 5:11. Is 35:2. Mi 7:14. Mt 18:20; 28:20. Ep 1:22; 4:15. Col 1:18; 2:19. Rv 1:14.

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