New International Version
Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; milk and honey are under your tongue. The fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
King James Bible
Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.
Darby Bible Translation
Thy lips, [my] spouse, drop [as] the honeycomb; Honey and milk are under thy tongue; And the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.
World English Bible
Your lips, my bride, drip like the honeycomb. Honey and milk are under your tongue. The smell of your garments is like the smell of Lebanon.
Young's Literal Translation
Thy lips drop honey, O spouse, Honey and milk are under thy tongue, And the fragrance of thy garments Is as the fragrance of Lebanon.
Song of Solomon 4:11 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thy lips - drop as the honey-comb - Thy words are as delicious to my heart as the first droppings of the honey-comb are to the palate.
Honey and milk are under thy tongue - Eloquence and persuasive speech were compared among the ancients to honey and milk.
Thus Homer, Iliad, lib. i., ver. 247: -
Τοισι δε Νεστωρ
Ηδυεπης ανορουσε, λιγυς Πυλιων αγορητης.
Του και απο γλωσσης μελιτος γλυκιων ῥεεν αυδη.
Experienced Nestor, in persuasion skill'd,
Words sweet as honey from his lips distill'd.
But the figure is common to all writers and languages. A similar expression will be seen in the Gitagovinda.
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The contents of this book justify the description of it in the title, i. 1, as the "loveliest song"--for that is the meaning of the Hebrew idiom "song of songs." It abounds in poetical gems of the purest ray. It breathes the bracing air of the hill country, and the passionate love of man for woman and woman for man. It is a revelation of the keen Hebrew delight in nature, in her vineyards and pastures, flowers and fruit trees, in her doves and deer and sheep and goats. It is a song tremulous from …
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What is Meant by "Altogether Lovely"
So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said, "Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the LORD has blessed.
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.
For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
Song of Solomon 5:1
I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Friends Eat, friends, and drink; drink your fill of love.
his young shoots will grow. His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.
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