New American Standard Bible
"His eyes are like doves Beside streams of water, Bathed in milk, And reposed in their setting.
King James Bible
His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.
Darby Bible Translation
His eyes are like doves by the water-brooks, Washed with milk, fitly set;
World English Bible
His eyes are like doves beside the water brooks, washed with milk, mounted like jewels.
Young's Literal Translation
His eyes as doves by streams of water, Washing in milk, sitting in fulness.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Or, His eyes are doves. The comparison is to doves seen by streams of water washing in milk (i. e., milk-white), and sitting on fulness (i. e., on the full or abundant water-flood).
Fitly set - This rendering supposes that the eyes within their sockets are compared to precious stones set in the foil of a ring (see the margin); but the other rendering is preferable. The milk-white doves themselves, sitting by full streams of water, or reflected in their flittings athwart the glassy surface, present images of the calm repose and vivid glances of the full pure lustrous eyes of the beloved.
onyx stones and setting stones for the ephod and for the breastpiece.
Song of Solomon 1:15
"How beautiful you are, my darling, How beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves."
Song of Solomon 4:1
"How beautiful you are, my darling, How beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves behind your veil; Your hair is like a flock of goats That have descended from Mount Gilead.
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