Song of Solomon 4:4
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New International Version
Your neck is like the tower of David, built with courses of stone; on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of warriors.

King James Bible
Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.

Darby Bible Translation
Thy neck is like the tower of David, Built for an armoury: A thousand bucklers hang thereon, All shields of mighty men.

World English Bible
Your neck is like David's tower built for an armory, whereon a thousand shields hang, all the shields of the mighty men.

Young's Literal Translation
As the tower of David is thy neck, built for an armoury, The chief of the shields are hung on it, All shields of the mighty.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thy neck is like the tower of David - It is certain that bucklers were frequently hung about towers, both for their ornaments, and to have them at hand when their use was required; see Ezekiel 27:10. But the allusion here may be to those pillars which are often seen in armouries on which weapons of various kinds are hung, formed into a great variety of shapes and very splendid. Whoever has seen the armoury in the tower of London, or such like places, has most probably seen something very similar to that of which the poet speaks.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Songs 1:10 Your cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, your neck with chains of gold.

Songs 7:4 Your neck is as a tower of ivory; your eyes like the fish pools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim...

2 Samuel 22:51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and shows mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for ever more.

Ephesians 4:15,16 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ...

Colossians 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together...

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

an armoury

Nehemiah 3:19 And next to him repaired Ezer the son of Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah...

a thousand

2 Chronicles 9:15,16 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of beaten gold went to one target...

2 Chronicles 12:9-11 So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the LORD...

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
2 Samuel 1:21
"Mountains of Gilboa, may you have neither dew nor rain, may no showers fall on your terraced fields. For there the shield of the mighty was despised, the shield of Saul--no longer rubbed with oil.

Psalm 144:12
Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace.

Song of Solomon 7:4
Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon looking toward Damascus.

Ezekiel 27:10
"'Men of Persia, Lydia and Put served as soldiers in your army. They hung their shields and helmets on your walls, bringing you splendor.

Ezekiel 27:11
Men of Arvad and Helek guarded your walls on every side; men of Gammad were in your towers. They hung their shields around your walls; they brought your beauty to perfection.

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