Song of Solomon 5:11
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English Standard Version
His head is the finest gold; his locks are wavy, black as a raven.

King James Bible
His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.

American Standard Version
His head is as the most fine gold; His locks are bushy, and black as a raven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His head is as the finest gold: his locks as branches of palm trees, black as a raven.

English Revised Version
His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.

Webster's Bible Translation
His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

5 I arose to open to my beloved,

   And my hands dropped with myrrh,

   And my fingers with liquid myrrh,

   On the handle of the bolt.

The personal pron. אני stands without emphasis before the verb which already contains it; the common language of the people delights in such particularity. The Book of Hosea, the Ephraimite prophet's work, is marked by such a style. עבר מור, with which the parallel clause goes beyond the simple mōr, is myrrh flowing over, dropping out of itself, i.e., that which breaks through the bark of the balsamodendron myrrha, or which flows out if an incision is made in it; myrrha stacte, of which Pliny (xii. 35) says: cui nulla praefertur, otherwise דּרור מר, from דּרר, to gush out, to pour itself forth in rich jets. He has come perfumed as if for a festival, and the costly ointment which he brought with him has dropped on the handles of the bolts (מנעוּל, keeping locked, after the form מלבּוּשׁ, drawing on), viz., the inner bolt, which he wished to withdraw. A classical parallel is found in Lucretius, iv. 1171:

"At lacrimans exclusus amator limina saepe

Floribus et sertis operit postesque superbos

Unguit amaracino" ...

Bttch. here puts to Hitzig the question, "Did the shepherd, the peasant of Engedi, bring with him oil of myrrh?" Rejecting this reasonable explanation, he supposes that the Shulamitess, still in Solomon's care, on rising up quickly dipped her hand in the oil of myrrh, that she might refresh her beloved. She thus had it near her before her bed, as a sick person her decoction. The right answer was, that the visitant by night is not that imaginary personage, but it is Solomon. She had dreamed that he stood before her door and knocked. But finding no response, he again in a moment withdrew, when it was proved that Shulamith did not requite his love and come forth to meet it in its fulness as she ought.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

head

Daniel 2:37,38 You, O king, are a king of kings: for the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory...

Ephesians 1:21,22 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world...

his locks

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

Daniel 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow...

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;

Cross References
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."

Song of Solomon 5:12
His eyes are like doves beside streams of water, bathed in milk, sitting beside a full pool.

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