Song of Solomon 4:13
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New International Version
Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits, with henna and nard,

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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates - This seems to refer to the fecundity of the bride or Jewish queen; to the former it would be a prediction; to the latter, a statement of what had already taken place. The word פרדס pardes, which we translate an orchard, is the same which has given birth to our paradise, a garden of pleasure. The other expressions, in this and the following verse, seem to refer wholly to matters of a connubial nature.

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Songs 6:11 I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished and the pomegranates budded...

Songs 7:12 Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth...

Songs 8:2 I would lead you, and bring you into my mother's house, who would instruct me...

Psalm 92:14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

Ecclesiastes 2:5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:

Isaiah 60:21 Your people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands...

John 15:1-3 I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer...

Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.


Songs 6:2 My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.


Songs 4:14 Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:

Songs 1:14 My beloved is to me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.


Songs 1:12 While the king sits at his table, my spikenard sends forth the smell thereof.

Mark 14:3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat...

John 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair...

Song of Songs
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
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

What is Meant by "Altogether Lovely"
Let us consider this excellent expression, and particularly reflect on what is contained in it, and you shall find this expression "altogether lovely." First, It excludes all unloveliness and disagreeableness from Jesus Christ. As a theologian long ago said, "There is nothing in him which is not loveable." The excellencies of Jesus Christ are perfectly exclusive of all their opposites; there is nothing of a contrary property or quality found in him to contaminate or devaluate his excellency. And
John Flavel—Christ Altogether Lovely

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

Song of Solomon 1:14
My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi.

Song of Solomon 2:3
Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.

Song of Solomon 4:16
Awake, north wind, and come, south wind! Blow on my garden, that its fragrance may spread everywhere. Let my beloved come into his garden and taste its choice fruits.

Song of Solomon 6:11
I went down to the grove of nut trees to look at the new growth in the valley, to see if the vines had budded or the pomegranates were in bloom.

Song of Solomon 7:12
Let us go early to the vineyards to see if the vines have budded, if their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates are in bloom-- there I will give you my love.

Song of Solomon 7:13
The mandrakes send out their fragrance, and at our door is every delicacy, both new and old, that I have stored up for you, my beloved.

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