Song of Solomon 4:9
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English Standard Version
You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride; you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.

King James Bible
Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.

American Standard Version
Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my bride; Thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, With one chain of thy neck.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast wounded my heart, my sister, my spouse, thou hast wounded my heart with one of thy eyes, and with one hair of thy neck.

English Revised Version
Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my bride; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thy eyes, with one chain of thy neck.

Song of Solomon 4:9 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The mouth is next praised:

3a Like a thread of crimson thy lips,

     And thy mouth is lovely,

As distinguished from red-purple, ארגּמן, שׁני (properly, shining, glistening; for this form has an active signification, like נקי, as well as a passive, like עני) - fully, שׁני תּולעת - signifies the kermes or worm-colour; the karmese, the red juice of the cochineal. מדבּרך (מדבּריך) is translated by the lxx "thy speech;" Jerome, eloquium; and the Venet. "thy dialogue;" but that would be expressed, though by a ἁπ. λεγ., by מדבּר דבּוּרך is here the name of the mouth, the naming of which one expects; the preform. is the mem instrumenti: the mouth, as the instrument of speech, as the organ by which the soul expresses itself in word and in manner of speech. The poet needed for פּיך a fuller, more select word; just as in Syria the nose is not called anf, but minchâr (from nachara, to blow, to breathe hard).

Praise of her temples.

3b Like a piece of pomegranate thy temples

     Behind thy veil.

רקּה is the thin piece of the skull on both sides of the eyes; Lat., mostly in the plur., tempora; German, schlfe, from schlaff, loose, slack, i.e., weak equals רק. The figure points to that soft mixing of colours which makes the colouring of the so-called carnation one of the most difficult accomplishments in the art of painting. The half of a cut pomegranate (Jer. fragmen mali punici) is not meant after its outer side, as Zckler supposes, for he gives to the noun rǎkkā, contrary to Judges 4:21; Judges 5:26, the meaning of cheek, a meaning which it has not, but after its inner side, which presents

(Note: The interior of a pomegranate is divided by tough, leather-like white or yellow skins, and the divisions are filled with little berries, in form and size like those of the grape, in the juicy inside of which little, properly, seed-corns, are found. The berries are dark red, or also pale red. The above comparison points to the mixing of these two colours.)

a red mixed and tempered with the ruby colour, - a figure so much the more appropriate, since the ground-colour of Shulamith's countenance is a subdued white.

(Note: The Moslem erotic poets compare the division of the lips to the dividing cleft into a pomegranate.)

Up to this point the figures are borrowed from the circle of vision of a shepherdess. Now the king derives them from the sphere of his own experience as the ruler of a kingdom. She who has eyes like doves is in form like a born queen.

Song of Solomon 4:9 Parallel Commentaries

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ravished

Songs 4:10,12 How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is your love than wine! and the smell of your ointments than all spices!...

Songs 5:1,2 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...

Genesis 20:12 And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

Matthew 12:50 For whoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

1 Corinthians 9:5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?

Hebrews 2:11-14 For both he that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brothers...

my spouse

Songs 3:11 Go forth, O you daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown with which his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals...

Psalm 45:9 Kings' daughters were among your honorable women: on your right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.

Isaiah 54:5 For your Maker is your husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and your Redeemer the Holy One of Israel...

Isaiah 62:5 For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you: and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride...

Ezekiel 16:8 Now when I passed by you, and looked on you, behold, your time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over you...

Hosea 2:19,20 And I will betroth you to me for ever; yes, I will betroth you to me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness...

John 3:29 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which stands and hears him...

2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband...

Revelation 19:7,8 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready...

Revelation 21:2,9,10 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband...

thou hast

Songs 6:12 Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib.

Songs 7:5,6,10 Your head on you is like Carmel, and the hair of your head like purple; the king is held in the galleries...

Proverbs 5:19,20 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy you at all times; and be you ravished always with her love...

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God in the middle of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will rest in his love...

with one

Songs 1:15 Behold, you are fair, my love; behold, you are fair; you have doves' eyes.

Songs 6:5 Turn away your eyes from me, for they have overcome me: your hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead.

one chain

Songs 1:10 Your cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, your neck with chains of gold.

Cross References
Genesis 41:42
Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph's hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck.

Proverbs 1:9
for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.

Song of Solomon 4:10
How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your oils than any spice!

Song of Solomon 4:12
A garden locked is my sister, my bride, a spring locked, a fountain sealed.

Song of Solomon 5:1
I came to my garden, my sister, my bride, I gathered my myrrh with my spice, I ate my honeycomb with my honey, I drank my wine with my milk. Eat, friends, drink, and be drunk with love!

Song of Solomon 5:2
I slept, but my heart was awake. A sound! My beloved is knocking. "Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my perfect one, for my head is wet with dew, my locks with the drops of the night."

Ezekiel 16:11
And I adorned you with ornaments and put bracelets on your wrists and a chain on your neck.

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