Song of Solomon 1:10
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New International Version
Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels.

New Living Translation
How lovely are your cheeks; your earrings set them afire! How lovely is your neck, enhanced by a string of jewels.

English Standard Version
Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, your neck with strings of jewels.

New American Standard Bible
"Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, Your neck with strings of beads."

King James Bible
Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your cheeks are beautiful with jewelry, your neck with its necklace.

International Standard Version
Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, your neck with strings of jewels.

NET Bible
Your cheeks are beautiful with ornaments; your neck is lovely with strings of jewels.

New Heart English Bible
Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, your neck with strings of pearls.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thy cheeks are comely with circlets, Thy neck with beads.

New American Standard 1977
“Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,
            Your neck with strings of beads.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy cheeks are beautiful between the earrings, thy neck between the necklaces.

King James 2000 Bible
Your cheeks are lovely with rows of jewels, your neck with chains of gold.

American King James Version
Your cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, your neck with chains of gold.

American Standard Version
Thy cheeks are comely with plaits of hair , Thy neck with strings of jewels.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thy cheeks are beautiful as the turtledove's, thy neck as jewels.

Darby Bible Translation
Thy cheeks are comely with bead-rows, Thy neck with ornamental chains.

English Revised Version
Thy cheeks are comely with plaits of hair, thy neck with strings of jewels

Webster's Bible Translation
Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold.

World English Bible
Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels.

Young's Literal Translation
Comely have been thy cheeks with garlands, Thy neck with chains.
Study Bible
Solomon Speaks
9"To me, my darling, you are like My mare among the chariots of Pharaoh. 10"Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, Your neck with strings of beads." 11"We will make for you ornaments of gold With beads of silver."…
Cross References
Genesis 24:53
The servant brought out articles of silver and articles of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.

Song of Solomon 1:11
"We will make for you ornaments of gold With beads of silver."

Song of Solomon 5:13
"His cheeks are like a bed of balsam, Banks of sweet-scented herbs; His lips are lilies Dripping with liquid myrrh.

Isaiah 61:10
I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Treasury of Scripture

Your cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, your neck with chains of gold.

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Genesis 24:22,47 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man …

Isaiah 3:18-21 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling …

Ezekiel 16:11-13 I decked you also with ornaments, and I put bracelets on your hands, …

2 Peter 1:3,4 According as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain …

thy neck

Songs 4:9 You have ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; you have ravished …

Genesis 41:42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it on Joseph's …

Numbers 31:50 We have therefore brought an oblation for the LORD, what every man …

Proverbs 1:9 For they shall be an ornament of grace to your head, and chains about your neck.

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, …

(10) Rows.--Heb., trim, from tr = went round; hence = either circlets or strings of jewels, or the round beads themselves of which necklaces, &c, were made.

Chains.--Literally, perforated, i.e., beads, or possibly coins strung together. "Arab ladies, particularly the married, are extravagantly fond of silver and gold ornaments, and they have an endless variety of chains, bracelets, anklets, necklaces, and rings. It is also quite common to see thousands of piastres, in various coins, round the forehead and suspended from the neck, and covering a system of network, called suffa, attached to the back of the head-dress, which spreads over the shoulders and falls down to the waist" (Thomson, The Land and the Book).

Olearius (quoted by Harmer) says:--"Persian ladies use as head-dress two or three rows of pearls, which pass round the head and hang down the cheeks, so that their faces seem set in pearls." Lady Mary Montague describes the Sultana Hafitan as wearing round her head-dress four strings of pearls of great size and beauty.

Verses 10, 11. - Thy cheeks are comely with plaits of hair, thy neck with strings of jewels. We will make thee plaits of gold with studs of silver. This language may be suggested by the comparison first employed - the trappings of the horse. "The head frame of the horse's bridle and the poitral were then certainly, just as now, adorned with silken tassels, fringes, and other ornaments of silver. Torim, 'round ornaments,' which hang down in front on both sides of the headband or are also inwoven in the braids of hair in the forehead." The strings of jewels were necklaces - three rows of pearls. The ornamentation is, however, quite in accordance with female dress. The king makes the promise of gold and silver decoration as an expression of his personal delight in his bride and acceptance of her. Gold and silver were closely connected; hence silver was called, in the Old Egyptian language, "white gold." The idea seems to be that of silver points sprinkled over golden knobs. Compare the description in 'Faust' of Margaret's delight in the casket she finds in her room. The LXX. and Vulgate have mistaken the word torim for a similar word for "doves," taking the simile to be the beautiful colours of the dove's neck. The bride does not seem to reply immediately to the king; but we may suppose that the king takes his bride by the hand, and leads her into the banqueting chamber. But the next three verses, which are certainly in the lips of the bride, may be taken as her expression of delight in her husband, either while he feasts in the banquet or when it is over. The banquet is a familiar emblem of the delight of mutual love. Hence the feasts of love in the primitive Church were regarded, not only as seasons of fellowship between Christians, but times of rejoicing, when the soul entered into the full appreciation of the Saviour's presence. Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels,.... Or "beautiful as turtledoves", as the Septuagint; or it may be rendered "with turtles", since the word "jewels" is not in the text; not with images of turtles on the bridles of the horses before mentioned, as Aben Ezra; but rather some ornaments of women having such images on them may be meant, called "turtles", or "turturellas"; they seem to me to be the same with the earrings, which being fastened to a thin plate of gold or silver, which went across the forehead, or to a ribbon bound on it, as Aben Ezra on Genesis 24:22; observes, hung down by the ears in rows on both sides of the cheeks, and made but one ornament; as they did when another jewel from the same plate or ribbon hung down from the forehead to the nose, called a nose jewel, Ezekiel 16:12; (a); and such an ornament, consisting of these several parts, Abraham's servant is said to put upon the face or cheeks of Rebekah, Genesis 24:47; and these may respect the gifts and graces of the Spirit of God, with which the church is ornamented; and are many and various, and are orderly and regularly disposed, and make very comely and lovely, and may be further described in the next clause;

thy neck with chains of gold; the word "gold" not being in the text, the chains may be understood, as they commonly are by the Jewish writers, of precious stones; as pearls bored and strung, which make a necklace; so Stockius (b) interprets it of an ornament of pearls and precious stones, orderly disposed and put about the neck, in use with great personages; so the eldest daughter of Priamus had, "collo monile baccatum" (c), a pearl necklace, which Aeneas made a present of to Dido; such was the chain of gold, beset with amber, presented to Penelope by her suitors, which shone like the sun (d). The church has her golden chain, or pearl necklace; which are either the graces of the Spirit, so linked together, that where there is one there are all; and which consists of those ten links, or pearls, faith, hope, love, repentance, humility, patience, self-denial, contentment in every state, spiritual knowledge, longsuffering, or forbearance; sincerity goes through them all. Or else the spiritual blessings of the covenant of grace, with which the church and all the saints are blessed in Christ at once, and with one and all; and which golden chain of salvation, one link of which cannot be broken, is excellently described by the apostle in Romans 8:30.

(a) Vid. Hieronym. in ibid. (b) Clavis Ling. S. p. 387. (c) Virgil. Aeneid. 1. v. 650. (d) Homer. Odyss. 18. v. 295. 10. rows of jewels—(Eze 16:11-13). Olerius says, Persian ladies wear two or three rows of pearls round the head, beginning on the forehead and descending down to the cheeks and under the chin, so that their faces seem to be set in pearls (Eze 16:11). The comparison of the horses (So 1:9) implies the vital energy of the bride; this verse, her superadded graces (Pr 1:9; 4:9; 1Ti 2:9; 2Pe 1:5).1:9-17 The Bridegroom gives high praises of his spouse. In the sight of Christ believers are the excellent of the earth, fitted to be instruments for promoting his glory. The spiritual gifts and graces which Christ bestows on every true believer, are described by the ornaments then in use, ver. 10,11. The graces of the saints are many, but there is dependence upon each other. He who is the Author, will be the Finisher of the good work. The grace received from Christ's fulness, springs forth into lively exercises of faith, affection, and gratitude. Yet Christ, not his gifts, is most precious to them. The word translated camphire, signifies atonement or propitiation. Christ is dear to all believers, because he is the propitiation for their sins. No pretender must have his place in the soul. They resolved to lodge him in their hearts all the night; during the continuance of the troubles of life. Christ takes delight in the good work which his grace has wrought on the souls of believers. This should engage all who are made holy, to be very thankful for that grace which has made those fair, who by nature were deformed. The spouse (the believer) has a humble, modest eye, discovering simplicity and godly sincerity; eyes enlightened and guided by the Holy Spirit, that blessed Dove. The church expresses her value for Christ. Thou art the great Original, but I am but a faint and imperfect copy. Many are fair to look at, yet their temper renders them unpleasant: but Christ is fair, yet pleasant. The believer, ver. 16, speaks with praise of those holy ordinances in which true believers have fellowship with Christ. Whether the believer is in the courts of the Lord, or in retirement; whether following his daily labours, or confined on the bed of sickness, or even in a dungeon, a sense of the Divine presence will turn the place into a paradise. Thus the soul, daily having fellowship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, enjoys a lively hope of an incorruptible, undefiled, and unfading inheritance above.
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