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Song of Songs 8:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Thou that dwellest in the gardens, The companions hearken for thy voice: Cause me to hear it.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear [it].
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “O you who sit in the gardens, [My] companions are listening for your voice— Let me hear it!”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear [it].
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Thou that dwellest in the gardens, The companions hearken to thy voice: Let me hear [it].
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— [HE] O thou fair dweller in the gardens, the companions are giving heed to thy voice, Let me hear it.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The companions are attending to thy voice, Cause me to hear. Flee, my beloved, and be like to a roe,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the friends hearken: make me hear thy voice.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to heare [it].
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: make me hear [it].
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear [it].

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Thou that dwellest 3427
{3427} Prime
A primitive root; properly to sit down (specifically as judge, in ambush, in quiet); by implication to dwell, to remain; causatively to settle, to marry.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
in the gardens, 1588
{1588} Prime
From H1598; a garden (as fenced).
the companions 2270
{2270} Prime
From H2266; an associate.
hearken 7181
{7181} Prime
A primitive root; to prick up the ears, that is, hearken.
<8688> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 857
to thy voice: 6963
{6963} Prime
From an unused root meaning to call aloud; a voice or sound.
cause me to hear 8085
{8085} Prime
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.).
<8685> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 731
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Song of Songs 8:13

_ _ Jesus Christ’s address to her; now no longer visibly present. Once she “had not kept” her vineyard (Song of Songs 1:6); now she “dwells” in it, not as its owner, but its superintendent under Jesus Christ, with vinedressers (“companions”), for example, Paul, etc. (Acts 15:25, Acts 15:26), under her (Song of Songs 8:11, Song of Songs 8:12); these ought to obey her when she obeys Jesus Christ. Her voice in prayer and praise is to be heard continually by Jesus Christ, if her voice before men is to be effective (Song of Songs 2:14, end; Acts 6:4; Acts 13:2, Acts 13:3).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Song of Songs 8:13-14

_ _ Christ and his spouse are here parting for a while; she must stay below in the gardens on earth, where she has work to do for him; he must remove to the mountains of spices in heaven, where he has business to attend for her, as an advocate with the Father. Now observe with what mutual endearments they part.

_ _ I. He desires to hear often from her. She is ready at her pen; she must be sure to write to him; she knows how to direct (Song of Songs 8:13): “Thou that, for the present, dwellest in the gardens, dressing and keeping them till thou remove from the garden below to the paradise above — thou, O believer! whoever thou art, that dwellest in the gardens of solemn ordinances, in the gardens of church-fellowship and communion, the companions are so happy as to hear thy voice, cause me to hear it too.” Observe, 1. Christ's friends should keep a good correspondence one with another, and, as dear companions, speak often to one another (Malachi 3:16) and hearken to one another's voice; they should edify, encourage, and respect one another. They are companions in the kingdom and patience of Christ, and therefore, as fellow-travellers, should keep up mutual freedom, and not be shy of, nor strange to, one another. The communion of saints is an article of our covenant, as well as an article of our creed, to exhort one another daily, and be glad to be exhorted by another. Hearken to the voice of the church, as far as it agrees with the voice of Christ; his companions will do so. 2. In the midst of our communion with one another we must not neglect our communion with Christ, but let him see our countenance and hear our voice; he here bespeaks it: “The companions hearken to thy voice; it is a pleasure to them; cause me to hear it. Thou makest thy complaints to them when any thing grieves thee; why does thou not bring them to me, and let me hear them? Thou art free with them; be as free with me; pour out thy heart to me.” Thus Christ, when he left his disciples, ordered them to send to him upon every occasion. Ask, and you shall receive. Note, Christ not only accepts and answers, but even courts his people's prayers, not reckoning them a trouble to him, but an honour and a delight, Proverbs 15:8. We cause him to hear our prayers when we not only pray, but wrestle and strive in prayer. He loves to be pressingly importuned, which is not the manner of men. Some read it, “Cause me to be heard; thou hast often an opportunity of speaking to thy companions, and they hearken to what thou sayest; speak of me to them; let my name be heard among them; let me be the subject of thy discourse.” “One word of Christ” (as archbishop Usher used to say) “before you part.” No subject is more becoming, or should be more pleasing.

_ _ II. She desires his speedy return to her (Song of Songs 8:14): Make haste, my beloved, to come again, and receive me to thyself; be thou like a roe, or a young hart, upon the mountains of spices; let no time be lost; it is pleasant dwelling here in the gardens, but to depart, and be with thee, is far better; that therefore is what I wish, and wait, and long for. Even so, come, Lord Jesus, come quickly. Observe, 1. Though Jesus Christ be now retired, he will return. The heavens, those high mountains of sweet spices, must contain him till the times of refreshing shall come; and those times will come, when every eye shall see him, in all the pomp and power of the upper and better world, the mystery of God being finished and the mystical body completed. 2. True believers, as they are looking for, so they are hastening to, the coming of that day of the Lord, not that they would have him make more haste than good speed, but that the intermediate counsels may all be fulfilled, and then that the end may come — the sooner the better. Not that they think him slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness, but thus they express the strength of their affections to him and the vastness of their expectations from him when he comes again. 3. Those only that can in sincerity call Christ their beloved, their best beloved, can, upon good grounds, desire him to hasten his second coming. As for those whose hearts go a whoring after the world, and who set their affections on the things of the earth, they cannot love his appearing, but dread it rather, because then the earth, and all the things of it which they have chosen for their portion, will be burnt up. But those that truly love Christ long for his second coming, because it will be the crown both of his glory and their bliss. 4. The comfort and satisfaction which we sometimes have in communion with God in grace here should make us breathe the more earnestly after the immediate vision and complete fruition of him in the kingdom of glory. The spouse, after an endearing conference with her beloved, finding it must break off, concludes with this affectionate request for the perfecting and perpetuating of this happiness in the future state. The clusters of grapes that meet us in this wilderness should make us long for the full vintage in Canaan. If a day in his courts be so sweet, what then will an eternity within the veil be! If this be heaven, O that I were there! 5. It is good to conclude our devotions with a joyful expectation of the glory to be revealed, and holy humble breathings towards it. We should not part but with the prospect of meeting again. It is good to conclude every sabbath with thoughts of the everlasting sabbath, which shall have no night at the end of it, nor any week-day to come after it. It is good to conclude every sacrament with thoughts of the everlasting feast, when we shall sit down with Christ at his table in his kingdom, to rise no more, and drink of the wine new there, and to break up every religious assembly in hopes of the general assembly of the church of the first-born, when time and days shall be no more: Let the blessed Jesus hasten that blessed day. Why are his chariot-wheels so long a coming? Why tarry the wheels of his chariots?

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Song of Songs 8:13

Thou — Christ speaks here to his spouse. The gardens — Not in the wilderness of the world, but in the church, the garden of God. He saith, gardens, because of the many particular congregations, into which the church is divided. Companions — The friends of the bride and bridegroom. Hearken — Diligently observe all thy words towards me. Cause me — When I am gone from thee, let me hear thy prayers, and praises, and the preaching of my gospel in the world.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Song of Songs 8:13

Thou that dwellest in the (i) gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear [it].

(i) Christ dwells in his Church, whose voice the faithful hear.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Song of Songs 2:13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines [with] the tender grape give a [good] smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Song of Songs 4:16 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 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 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 7:11-12 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. ... 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.
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.
John 14:21-23 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. ... Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

the companions:

Song of Songs 1:7 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?
Song of Songs 3:7-11 Behold his bed, which [is] Solomon's; threescore valiant men [are] about it, of the valiant of Israel. ... Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.
Song of Songs 5:9-16 What [is] thy beloved more than [another] beloved, O thou fairest among women? what [is] thy beloved more than [another] beloved, that thou dost so charge us? ... His mouth [is] most sweet: yea, he [is] altogether lovely. This [is] my beloved, and this [is] my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
Judges 11:38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away [for] two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.
Judges 14:11 And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.
Psalms 45:14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.


Song of Songs 2:14 O my dove, [that art] in the clefts of the rock, in the secret [places] of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet [is] thy voice, and thy countenance [is] comely.
Psalms 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
John 14:13-14 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. ... If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it].
John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
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Jg 11:38; 14:11. Ps 45:14; 50:15. So 1:7; 2:13, 14; 3:7; 4:16; 5:9; 6:2, 11; 7:11. Mt 18:20; 28:20. Jn 14:13, 21; 15:7; 16:24.

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