Song of Solomon 4:16
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English Standard Version
Awake, O north wind, and come, O south wind! Blow upon my garden, let its spices flow. Let my beloved come to his garden, and eat its choicest fruits.

King James Bible
Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.

American Standard Version
Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; Blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, And eat his precious fruits.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Arise, O north wind, and come, O south wind, blow through my garden, and let the aromatical spices thereof flow.

English Revised Version
Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his precious fruits.

Webster's Bible Translation
Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that its spices may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.

Song of Solomon 4:16 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

He proceeds still further to praise her attractions.

10 How fair is thy love, my sister-bride!

     How much better thy love than wine!

     And the fragrance of thy unguents than all spices!

11 Thy lips drop honey, my bride;

     Honey and milk are under thy tongue;

     And the fragrance of thy garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.

Regarding the connection of the pluralet. דּודים with the plur. of the pred., vid., at Sol 1:2. The pred. יפוּ praises her love in its manifestations according to its impression on the sight; טבוּ, according to its experience on nearer intercourse. As in Sol 4:9 the same power of impression is attributed to the eyes and to the necklace, so here is intermingled praise of the beauty of her person with praise of the fragrance, the odour of the clothing of the bride; for her soul speaks out not only by her lips, she breathes forth odours also for him in her spices, which he deems more fragrant than all other odours, because he inhales, as it were, her soul along with them. נפת, from נפת, ebullire (vid., under Proverbs 5:3, also Schultens), is virgin honey, ἄκοιτον (acetum, Pliny, xi. 15), i.e., that which of itself flows from the combs (צוּפים). Honey drops from the lips which he kisses; milk and honey are under the tongue which whispers to him words of pure and inward joy; cf. the contrary, Psalm 140:4. The last line is an echo of Genesis 27:27. שׂלמה is שׂמלה (from שׂמל, complicare, complecti) transposed (cf. עלנה from עולה, כּשׂבּה from כּבשׂה). As Jacob's raiment had for his old father the fragrance of a field which God had blessed, so for Solomon the garments of the faultless and pure one, fresh from the woods and mountains of the north, gave forth a heart-strengthening savour like the fragrance of Lebanon (Hosea 4:7), viz., of its fragrant herbs and trees, chiefly of the balsamic odour of the apples of the cedar.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

awake

Songs 1:4 Draw me, we will run after you: the king has brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in you...

Ecclesiastes 1:6 The wind goes toward the south, and turns about to the north; it whirls about continually...

Isaiah 51:9-11 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old...

Isaiah 64:1 Oh that you would rend the heavens, that you would come down, that the mountains might flow down at your presence,

Ezekiel 37:9 Then said he to me, Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus said the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds...

John 3:8 The wind blows where it wants, and you hear the sound thereof, but can not tell from where it comes, and where it goes...

Acts 2:1,2 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place...

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost...

the spices

Songs 4:13,14 Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard...

Songs 7:12,13 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...

2 Corinthians 9:10-15 Now he that ministers seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown...

Philippians 1:9-11 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment...

Colossians 1:9-12 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you...

1 Thessalonians 2:12,13 That you would walk worthy of God, who has called you to his kingdom and glory...

Hebrews 13:20,21 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep...

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

let

Songs 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...

Songs 8:12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: you, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

Matthew 26:10,12 When Jesus understood it, he said to them, Why trouble you the woman? for she has worked a good work on me...

John 5:8 Jesus said to him, Rise, take up your bed, and walk.

Romans 15:16,28 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God...

1 Peter 2:5,9,10 You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices...

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

Song of Solomon 1:13
My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh that lies between my breasts.

Song of Solomon 2:3
As an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men. With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

Song of Solomon 2:8
The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.

Song of Solomon 4:13
Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates with all choicest fruits, henna with nard,

Song of Solomon 5:1
I came to my garden, my sister, my bride, I gathered my myrrh with my spice, I ate my honeycomb with my honey, I drank my wine with my milk. Eat, friends, drink, and be drunk with love!

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

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