Song of Solomon 6:2
New International Version
My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to browse in the gardens and to gather lilies.

New Living Translation
My lover has gone down to his garden, to his spice beds, to browse in the gardens and gather the lilies.

English Standard Version
My beloved has gone down to his garden to the beds of spices, to graze in the gardens and to gather lilies.

Berean Study Bible
My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to pasture his flock in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

New American Standard Bible
"My beloved has gone down to his garden, To the beds of balsam, To pasture his flock in the gardens And gather lilies.

New King James Version
My beloved has gone to his garden, To the beds of spices, To feed his flock in the gardens, And to gather lilies.

King James Bible
My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

Christian Standard Bible
My love has gone down to his garden, to beds of spice, to feed in the gardens and gather lilies.

Contemporary English Version
My darling has gone down to his garden of spices, where he will feed his sheep and gather lilies.

Good News Translation
My lover has gone to his garden, where the balsam trees grow. He is feeding his flock in the garden and gathering lilies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My love has gone down to his garden, to beds of spice, to feed in the gardens and gather lilies.

International Standard Version
My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to graze his flock in the gardens and gather lilies.

NET Bible
My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the flowerbeds of balsam spices, to graze in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

New Heart English Bible
My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My beloved went to his garden, to the beds of spices, to graze his flock in the gardens and gather lilies.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My beloved is gone down into his garden, To the beds of spices, To feed in the gardens, And to gather lilies.

New American Standard 1977
“My beloved has gone down to his garden, To the beds of balsam, To pasture his flock in the gardens And gather lilies.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather the lilies.

King James 2000 Bible
My beloved has gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed his flock in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

American King James Version
My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

American Standard Version
My beloved is gone down to his garden, To the beds of spices, To feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
My kinsman is gone down to his garden, to the beds of spice, to feed his flock in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the bed of aromatical spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

Darby Bible Translation
My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, To feed in the gardens and to gather lilies.

English Revised Version
My beloved is gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

Webster's Bible Translation
My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

World English Bible
My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

Young's Literal Translation
My beloved went down to his garden, To the beds of the spice, To delight himself in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
Study Bible
Together in the Garden
1Where has your beloved gone, O most beautiful among women? Which way has he turned? We will seek him with you. 2My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to pasture his flock in the gardens, and to gather lilies. 3I belong to my beloved and he belongs to me; he pastures his flock among the lilies.…
Cross References
Song of Solomon 1:7
Tell me, O one I love, where do you pasture your sheep? Where do you rest them at midday? Why should I be like a veiled woman beside the flocks of your companions?

Song of Solomon 2:1
I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valley.

Song of Solomon 2:16
My beloved is mine and I am his; he pastures his flock among the lilies.

Song of Solomon 4:5
Your breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle grazing among the lilies.

Song of Solomon 4:16
Awaken, O north wind, and come, O south wind. Breathe on my garden, and spread the fragrance of its spices. Let my beloved come into his garden and taste its choicest fruits.

Song of Solomon 5:1
I have come to my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice. I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk. The Friends Eat, O friends, and drink; drink freely, O beloved.

Song of Solomon 5:13
His cheeks are like beds of spice, towers of perfume. His lips are like lilies, dripping with flowing myrrh.

Treasury of Scripture

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

gone

Song of Solomon 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.

Song of Solomon 4:12-16
A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed…

Song of Solomon 5:1
I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.

the beds

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

feed

Song of Solomon 1:7,8
Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions? …

Isaiah 40:11
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Ezekiel 34:23
And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

and to

Song of Solomon 2:2
As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

Isaiah 57:1
The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

John 14:3
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.







Lexicon
My beloved
דּוֹדִי֙ (dō·w·ḏî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1730: To love, a love-token, lover, friend, an uncle

has gone down
יָרַ֣ד (yā·raḏ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3381: To come or go down, descend

to his garden,
לְגַנּ֔וֹ (lə·ḡan·nōw)
Preposition-l | Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1588: An enclosure, garden

to the beds
לַעֲרוּג֖וֹת (la·‘ă·rū·ḡō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6170: Something piled up, raised by mental aspiration), a paterre

of spices,
הַבֹּ֑שֶׂם (hab·bō·śem)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1314: Fragrance, spicery, the balsam plant

to pasture [his flock]
לִרְעוֹת֙ (lir·‘ō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7462: To tend a, flock, pasture it, in, to graze, to rule, to associate with

in the gardens,
בַּגַּנִּ֔ים (bag·gan·nîm)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1588: An enclosure, garden

and to gather
וְלִלְקֹ֖ט (wə·lil·qōṭ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 3950: To pick up, to gather, to glean

lilies.
שֽׁוֹשַׁנִּֽים׃ (šō·wō·šan·nîm)
Noun - common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7799: A lily, as a, flower of architectural ornament, a, trumpet
Verses 2, 3. - My beloved is gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies. I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth his flock among the lilies. In Ecclesiastes 2:5, 6 Solomon says, "I planted me vineyards; I made me gardens and parks, and I planted trees in them of all kinds of fruit; I made me pools of water, to water therefrom the forest where trees were reared." In Revelation 7:17 it is said, "The Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall be their Shepherd, and shall guide them unto fountains of water of life: and God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes." We can scarcely doubt that the meaning is - The bridegroom is not gone far; he is where he is congenially employed; where his pure and lovely nature finds that which is like itself - beauty and fragrance and innocence. It is his resort, and it corresponds with his perfection. Delitzsch thinks "thoughtfulness and depth of feeling are intended" (cf. Psalm 92:5). "His thoughts are very deep." But it would seem more fitting, in the lips of the bride, that she should dwell on the aspects of her beloved which correspond with her own feelings. She is one of the lilies. The king is coming into his garden, and I am ready to receive him. The shepherd among his flock. They are all like lilies, pure and beautiful. The bride has nothing but chaste thoughts of her husband: because she knows that he is hers, and she is his. Surely such language is not inaptly applied to spiritual uses. Tennyson's lovely poem, 'St. Agnes' Eve,' has caught the spirit of Shulamith. A few of his lines will illustrate this -

"The shadows of the convent towers
Slant down the snowy sward,
Still creeping with the creeping hours
That lead me to my Lord.


Make thou my spirit pure and clear
As are the frosty skies,
Or this first snowdrop of the year
That in my bosom lies.


He lifts me to the golden doors;
The flashes come and go;
All Heaven bursts her starry floors,
And strews her lights below,


And deepens on and up! the gates
Roll back, and far within
For me the heavenly Bridegroom waits,
To make me pure of sin.


The sabbaths of eternity,
One sabbath deep and wide,
A light upon the shining sea -
The Bridegroom with his bride."
6:2,3 Christ's church is a garden, enclosed, and separated from the world; he takes care of it, delights in it, and visits it. Those who would find Christ, must attend him in his ordinances, the word, sacraments, and prayer. When Christ comes to his church, it is to entertain his friends. And to take believers to himself: he picks the lilies one by one; and at the great day he will send forth his angels to gather all his lilies, that he may be for ever admired in them. The death of a believer is not more than the owner of a garden plucking a favourite flower; and He will preserve it from withering, yea, cause it to flourish for ever, with increasing beauty. If our own hearts can witness for us that we are Christ's, question not his being ours, for the covenant never breaks on his side. It is the comfort of the church, that he feeds among the lilies, that he takes delight in his people.
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