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Song of Songs 8:9 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— If she be a wall, We will build upon her a turret of silver: And if she be a door, We will inclose her with boards of cedar.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— If she [be] a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she [be] a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “If she is a wall, We will build on her a battlement of silver; But if she is a door, We will barricade her with planks of cedar.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— If she [is] a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she [is] a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— If she be a wall, We will build upon her a turret of silver; And if she be a door, We will enclose her with boards of cedar.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— If, a wall, she is, we will build upon it a battlement of silver,—but if, a door, she is, we will close it up with a plank of cedar.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— If she is a wall, we build by her a palace of silver. And if she is a door, We fashion by her board-work of cedar.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— If she be a wall: let us build upon it bulwarks of silver: if she be a door, let us join it together with boards of cedar.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— If she [be] a wall, we will build vpon her a palace of siluer: and if she [bee] a dore, we will inclose her with boards of Cedar.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— If she is a wall, let us build upon her silver bulwarks; and if she is a door, let us carve for her cedar panels.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— If she [be] a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she [be] a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
If x518
(0518) Complement
אִם
'im
{eem}
A primitive particle; used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogitive, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence as a negative, not.
she x1931
(1931) Complement
הוּא
huw'
{hoo}
The second form is the feminine beyond the Pentateuch; a primitive word, the third person pronoun singular, he (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are.
[be] a wall, 2346
{2346} Prime
חוֹמָה
chowmah
{kho-maw'}
Feminine active participle of an unused root apparently meaning to join; a wall of protection.
we will build 1129
{1129} Prime
בָּנָה
banah
{baw-naw'}
A primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
upon x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
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.
her a palace 2918
{2918} Prime
טִירָה
tiyrah
{tee-raw'}
Feminine of (an equivalent to) H2905; a wall; hence a fortress or a hamlet.
of silver: 3701
{3701} Prime
כֶּסֶף
keceph
{keh'-sef}
From H3700; silver (from its pale color); by implication money.
and if x518
(0518) Complement
אִם
'im
{eem}
A primitive particle; used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogitive, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence as a negative, not.
she x1931
(1931) Complement
הוּא
huw'
{hoo}
The second form is the feminine beyond the Pentateuch; a primitive word, the third person pronoun singular, he (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are.
[be] a door, 1817
{1817} Prime
דֶּלֶת
deleth
{deh'-leth}
From H1802; something swinging, that is, the valve of a door.
we will inclose 6696
{6696} Prime
צוּר
tsuwr
{tsoor}
A primitive root; to cramp, that is, confine (in many applications, literally and figuratively, formative or hostile).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
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.
her with boards 3871
{3871} Prime
לוּחַ
luwach
{loo'-akh}
From a primitive root; probably meaning to glisten; a tablet (as polished), of stone, wood or metal.
of cedar. 730
{0730} Prime
אֶרֶז
'erez
{eh-rez'}
From H0729; a cedar tree (from the tenacity of its roots).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Song of Songs 8:9

_ _ wall ... door — the very terms employed as to the Gentile question (Acts 14:27; Ephesians 2:14). If she be a wall in Zion, founded on Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11), we will not “withstand God” (Acts 11:17; Acts 15:8-11). But if so, we must not “build” (Acts 15:14-17) on her “wood, hay, stubble” (1 Corinthians 3:12), that is, Jewish rites, etc., but “a palace of silver,” that is, all the highest privileges of church communion (Galatians 2:11-18; Ephesians 2:11-22). Image from the splendid turrets “built” on the “walls” of Jerusalem, and flanking the “door,” or gateway. The Gentile Church is the “door,” the type of catholic accessibleness (1 Corinthians 16:9); but it must be not a mere thoroughfare but furnished with a wooden framework, so as not merely to admit, but also to safely enclose: cedar is fragrant, beautiful, and enduring.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Song of Songs 8:8-12.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Song of Songs 8:9

If — This seems to be Christ's answer to the foregoing question of the Jewish church. Christ engages himself to provide for her, as suits best with her condition. If the Gentiles when they are converted shall be like a wall, strong and firm in faith; We, my Father, and I, and the Holy Ghost, as the principal builders, and my ministers as workers with, and under us, will build upon her a palace of silver, will add more strength and beauty to her, will enlarge and adorn her; and if she be as a door, which is weaker than a wall; if she be weak in faith, yet we will not therefore reject her, but we will inclose or (as many others render the word) strengthen or fortify her with boards of cedar, which are not only beautiful, but also strong and durable.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Song of Songs 8:9

(f) If she [is] a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she [is] a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.

(f) If she is sure and fast, she is fit for her husband to dwell in.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
a wall:

Song of Songs 2:9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.
Revelation 21:12-19 And had a wall great and high, [and] had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are [the names] of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: ... And the foundations of the wall of the city [were] garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation [was] jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;

we will:

Isaiah 58:12 And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
Isaiah 60:17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.
Isaiah 61:4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
Zechariah 6:12-15 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name [is] The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: ... And they [that are] far off shall come and build in the temple of the LORD, and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. And [this] shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God.
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Acts 15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
1 Corinthians 3:10-12 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. ... Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
Ephesians 2:20-22 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone]; ... In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

a door:

Acts 14:27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
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So 2:9. Is 58:12; 60:17; 61:4. Zc 6:12. Mt 16:18. Ac 14:27; 15:16. 1Co 3:10. Ep 2:20. Rv 21:12.

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