Song of Solomon 1:13
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New International Version
My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts.

New Living Translation
My lover is like a sachet of myrrh lying between my breasts.

English Standard Version
My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh that lies between my breasts.

New American Standard Bible
"My beloved is to me a pouch of myrrh Which lies all night between my breasts.

King James Bible
A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My love is a sachet of myrrh to me, spending the night between my breasts.

International Standard Version
My beloved is to me a pouch of myrrh that lies between my breasts all night.

NET Bible
My beloved is like a fragrant pouch of myrrh spending the night between my breasts.

New Heart English Bible
My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh, that lies between my breasts.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My beloved is a pouch of myrrh that lies at night between my breasts.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My beloved is unto me as a bag of myrrh, That lieth betwixt my breasts.

New American Standard 1977
“My beloved is to me a pouch of myrrh
            Which lies all night between my breasts.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me that rests between my breasts.

King James 2000 Bible
A bundle of myrrh is my beloved unto me; he shall lie all night between my breasts.

American King James Version
A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved to me; he shall lie all night between my breasts.

American Standard Version
My beloved is unto me as a bundle of myrrh, That lieth betwixt my breasts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me, he shall abide between my breasts.

Darby Bible Translation
A bundle of myrrh is my beloved unto me; He shall pass the night between my breasts.

English Revised Version
My beloved is unto me as a bundle of myrrh, that lieth betwixt my breasts.

Webster's Bible Translation
A bundle of myrrh is my well beloved to me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.

World English Bible
My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh, that lies between my breasts.

Young's Literal Translation
A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me, Between my breasts it lodgeth.
Study Bible
The Bride
12"While the king was at his table, My perfume gave forth its fragrance. 13"My beloved is to me a pouch of myrrh Which lies all night between my breasts. 14"My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms In the vineyards of Engedi."…
Cross References
John 19:39
Nicodemus, who had previously come to Jesus at night, also brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.

Psalm 45:8
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.

Song of Solomon 3:6
"What is this coming up from the wilderness Like columns of smoke, Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, With all scented powders of the merchant?

Song of Solomon 4:16
"Awake, O north wind, And come, wind of the south; Make my garden breathe out fragrance, Let its spices be wafted abroad. May my beloved come into his garden And eat its choice fruits!"

Song of Solomon 5:1
"I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh along with my balsam. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Eat, friends; Drink and imbibe deeply, O lovers."
Treasury of Scripture

A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved to me; he shall lie all night between my breasts.

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Songs 4:6,14 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to …

Songs 5:1,5,13 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my …

Genesis 43:11 And their father Israel said to them, If it must be so now, do this; …

Psalm 45:8 All your garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the …

John 19:39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by …

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Songs 2:7 I charge you, O you daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the …

Songs 3:5 I charge you, O you daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the …

Songs 8:3,4 His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me…

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted …

(13) A bundle of myrrh.--The mention of perfumes leads the poet to a new adaptation of the language of flowers. For myrrh (Heb., mr), see Genesis 37:25. For various personal and domestic uses, see Psalm 45:8; Proverbs 7:17; Proverbs 5:13. Ginsburg quotes from the Mischna to prove the custom, alluded to in the text, of wearing sachets, or bottles of myrrh, suspended from the neck. Tennyson's exquisite little song in The Miller's Daughter suggests itself as a comparison:--

"And I would be the necklace,

And all day long to fall and rise

Upon her balmy bosom

With her laughter or her sighs.

And I would lie so light, so light,

I scarce should be unclasped at night."

A bundle of myrrh is my well beloved unto me,.... These are the words of the church continued; expressing her great delight in Christ, and her strong love and affection for him, and therefore calls him "my well beloved"; which is expressive both of the greatness of Christ's love to her, and of the strength of her affection to him, as well as of her faith of interest in him; hence she says, he was as "a bundle of myrrh" to her. Some think (n) sweet marjoram is meant, or an herb of a sweet smell, very much like it, called "marum"; but myrrh is commonly understood; and not twigs or branches of it but sprigs, or the flowers of it, bound up as a nosegay, and carried in the bosom; or better, liquid myrrh, or "stacte", as the Septuagint render it, put in a bag (o) or bottle, as the word is rendered, Job 14:7; the allusion being to persons that carry smelling bottles in their bosoms, for refreshment or for pleasure. Now what these were to such, that, and much more, is Christ to his church; like sweet smelling myrrh, exceeding delightful and reviving, and make him very acceptable; his very garments smell of myrrh: and "a bundle" of this, or a bag of it, denotes the abundance of the odours of divine grace in Christ, who is full of it, which he communicates in great plenty: and now Christ is all this, not to any and everyone; but to his church and people, to whom alone he is precious, "my beloved is unto me"; which expresses not only the strength of her affection to Christ, and the value she had for him, and the delight she had in him; but the particular application of him to her own soul by faith;

he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts; "it" or "he"; the bundle of myrrh, or Christ, which comes to the same sense: by her "breasts" are meant her heart, where Christ dwells by faith, which is the best room the church has, and where she desires Christ might lodge; so Alshech explains it of being in her heart: and the time in which she would have him continue here is "all night"; meaning the night of affliction, temptation, &c. or rather the whole time of this life, until the everlasting day breaks; and so it is a desire of Christ's presence with her, and of her having communion with him, as long as she lived in the world; and between her breasts, and in her bosom she desires he might be for an ornament to her, like sweet flowers, and for her delight and pleasure, refreshment and comfort; and that he might be always in her sight, and never be forgotten by her.

(n) Vid. Fortunat. Schace. Eleochrism. Sacr. I. 1, c. 51. p. 256, 257. (o) "folliculus", Cocceius; "sacculum", Marckius; "fasciculus, vel sacculus", Michaelis. 13. bundle of myrrh—abundant preciousness (Greek), (1Pe 2:7). Even a little myrrh was costly; much more a bundle (Col 2:9). Burrowes takes it of a scent-box filled with liquid myrrh; the liquid obtained by incision gave the tree its chief value.

he—rather, "it"; it is the myrrh that lies in the bosom, as the cluster of camphire is in the vineyards (So 1:14).

all night—an undivided heart (Eph 3:17; contrast Jer 4:14; Eze 16:15, 30). Yet on account of the everlasting covenant, God restores the adulteress (Eze 16:60, 62; Ho 2:2, etc.). The night is the whole present dispensation till the everlasting day dawns (Ro 13:12). Also, literally, "night" (Ps 119:147, 148), the night of affliction (Ps 42:8).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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