Song of Solomon 4:13
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New American Standard Bible
"Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates With choice fruits, henna with nard plants,

King James Bible
Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard,

Darby Bible Translation
Thy shoots are a paradise of pomegranates, with precious fruits; Henna with spikenard plants;

World English Bible
Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates, with precious fruits: henna with spikenard plants,

Young's Literal Translation
Thy shoots a paradise of pomegranates, With precious fruits,

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Orchard - This is the renderlng here and in Ecclesiastes 2:5 of "pardes" (see Nehemiah 2:8 note). The pomegranate was for the Jews a sacred fruit, and a characteristic product of the land of promise (compare Exodus 28:33-34; Numbers 20:5; Deuteronomy 8:8; 1 Kings 7:18, 1 Kings 7:20). It is frequently mentioned in the Song, and always in connection with the bride. It abounds to this day in the ravines of the Lebanon.

Camphire - Cyprus. See Sol 1:14 note.

Songs 4:13-15

Seven kinds of spices (some of them with Indian names, e. g. aloes, spikenard, saffron) are enumerated as found in this symbolic garden. They are for the most part pure exotics which have formed for countless ages articles of commerce in the East, and were brought at that time in Solomon's ships from southern Arabia, the great Indian Peninsula, and perhaps the islands of the Indian Archipelago. The picture here is best regarded as a purely ideal one, having no corresponding reality but in the bride herself. The beauties and attractions of both north and south - of Lebanon with its streams of sparkling water and fresh mountain air, of Engedi with its tropical climate and henna plantations, of the spice-groves of Arabia Felix, and of the rarest products of the distant mysterious Ophir - all combine to furnish one glorious representation, "Thou art all fair!"

Song of Solomon 4:13 Parallel Commentaries

The Description of Christ the Beloved. Ss 5:9-16.
The description of Christ the beloved. SS 5:9-16. The wond'ring world inquires to know Why I should love my Jesus so: What are his charms," say they, "above The objects of a mortal love?" Yes! my Beloved, to my sight Shows a sweet mixture, red and white: All human beauties, all divine, In my Beloved meet and shine. White is his soul, from blemish free; Red with the blood he shed for me; The fairest of ten thousand fairs; A sun amongst ten thousand stars. [His head the finest gold excels; There
Isaac Watts—The Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 2:5
I made gardens and parks for myself and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees;

Song of Solomon 1:14
"My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms In the vineyards of Engedi."

Song of Solomon 2:3
"Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest, So is my beloved among the young men. In his shade I took great delight and sat down, And his fruit was sweet to my taste.

Song of Solomon 4:16
"Awake, O north wind, And come, wind of the south; Make my garden breathe out fragrance, Let its spices be wafted abroad. May my beloved come into his garden And eat its choice fruits!"

Song of Solomon 6:11
"I went down to the orchard of nut trees To see the blossoms of the valley, To see whether the vine had budded Or the pomegranates had bloomed.

Song of Solomon 7:12
"Let us rise early and go to the vineyards; Let us see whether the vine has budded And its blossoms have opened, And whether the pomegranates have bloomed. There I will give you my love.

Song of Solomon 7:13
"The mandrakes have given forth fragrance; And over our doors are all choice fruits, Both new and old, Which I have saved up for you, my beloved.

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