Song of Solomon 4:3
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New International Version
Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon; your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil are like the halves of a pomegranate.

King James Bible
Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.

Darby Bible Translation
Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, And thy speech is comely; As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples Behind thy veil.

World English Bible
Your lips are like scarlet thread. Your mouth is lovely. Your temples are like a piece of a pomegranate behind your veil.

Young's Literal Translation
As a thread of scarlet are thy lips, And thy speech is comely, As the work of the pomegranate is thy temple behind thy veil,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet - Both lips and cheeks were ruddy; sicut fragmen mali punici - Vulgate. Like the section of a pomegranate, that side cut off on which is the finest blush. This is a good and apt metaphor. But the inside may be referred to, as it is finely streaked with red and white melting into each other. She had beautiful hair, beautiful eyes, beautiful cheeks and lips, and a most pleasing and dulcet voice.

Within thy locks - See on Sol 4:1((note), and Sol 4:7 (note).

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Songs 4:11 Your lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under your tongue...

Songs 5:13,16 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh...

Songs 7:9 And the roof of your mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goes down sweetly...

Psalm 37:30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment.

Psalm 45:2 You are fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into your lips: therefore God has blessed you for ever.

Psalm 119:13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of your mouth.

Proverbs 10:13,20,21 In the lips of him that has understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding...

Proverbs 16:21-24 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increases learning...

Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things...

Luke 4:22 And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation...

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying...

Colossians 3:16,17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs...

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.


Leviticus 14:4,6,49-52 Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet...

Numbers 4:8 And they shall spread on them a cloth of scarlet, and cover the same with a covering of badgers' skins...

Numbers 19:6 And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the middle of the burning of the heifer.

Joshua 2:18 Behold, when we come into the land, you shall bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which you did let us down by...

Proverbs 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

Hebrews 9:19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water...

thy temples

Songs 6:7 As a piece of a pomegranate are your temples within your locks.

Genesis 32:10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which you have showed to your servant...

Ezra 9:6 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to you, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head...

Ezekiel 16:63 That you may remember, and be confounded, and never open your mouth any more because of your shame...

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
Joshua 2:18
unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house.

Song of Solomon 1:5
Dark am I, yet lovely, daughters of Jerusalem, dark like the tents of Kedar, like the tent curtains of Solomon.

Song of Solomon 5:16
His mouth is sweetness itself; he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, this is my friend, daughters of Jerusalem.

Song of Solomon 6:7
Your temples behind your veil are like the halves of a pomegranate.

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