Song of Solomon 2:8
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New International Version
Listen! My beloved! Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills.

New Living Translation
Ah, I hear my lover coming! He is leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.

English Standard Version
The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.

New American Standard Bible
"Listen! My beloved! Behold, he is coming, Climbing on the mountains, Leaping on the hills!

King James Bible
The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen! My love is approaching. Look! Here he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.

International Standard Version
The voice of my beloved! Look! He's coming, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.

NET Bible
Listen! My lover is approaching! Look! Here he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I hear my beloved's voice. Look! Here he comes, sprinting over the mountains, racing over the hills.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The voice of my beloved! behold, he comes leaping over the mountains, skipping over the hills.

King James 2000 Bible
The voice of my beloved! behold, he comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.

American King James Version
The voice of my beloved! behold, he comes leaping on the mountains, skipping on the hills.

American Standard Version
The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh, Leaping upon the mountains, Skipping upon the hills.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The voice of my beloved, behold he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping over the hills.

Darby Bible Translation
The voice of my beloved! Behold, he cometh Leaping upon the mountains, Skipping upon the hills.

English Revised Version
The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh, leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.

Webster's Bible Translation
The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.

World English Bible
The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping on the mountains, skipping on the hills.

Young's Literal Translation
The voice of my beloved! lo, this -- he is coming, Leaping on the mountains, skipping on the hills.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:8-13 The church pleases herself with thoughts of further communion with Christ. None besides can speak to the heart. She sees him come. This may be applied to the prospect the Old Testament saints had of Christ's coming in the flesh. He comes as pleased with his own undertaking. He comes speedily. Even when Christ seems to forsake, it is but for a moment; he will soon return with everlasting loving-kindness. The saints of old saw him, appearing through the sacrifices and ceremonial institutions. We see him through a glass darkly, as he manifests himself through the lattices. Christ invites the new convert to arise from sloth and despondency, and to leave sin and worldly vanities, for union and communion with him. The winter may mean years passed in ignorance and sin, unfruitful and miserable, or storms and tempests that accompanied his conviction of guilt and danger. Even the unripe fruits of holiness are pleasant unto Him whose grace has produced them. All these encouraging tokens and evidences of Divine favour, are motives to the soul to follow Christ more fully. Arise then, and come away from the world and the flesh, come into fellowship with Christ. This blessed change is owing wholly to the approaches and influences of the Sun of righteousness.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8-ch. 3:5. - Part II. SONG OF SHULAMITH IN THE EMBRACE OF SOLOMON. Recollections of the wooing time in the north. Verse 8. - The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh, leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. There can be little doubt as to the meaning of this song. The bride is going back in thought to the scenes of her home life, and the sweet days of first love. "The house stands alone among the rocks and deep in the mountain range; around are the vineyards which the family have planted, and the hill pastures on which they feed their flocks. She longingly looks out for her distant lover." The expression, "The voice of my beloved!" must not be taken to mean that she hears the sound of his feet or voice, but simply as an interjection, like "hark!" (see Genesis 4:10, where the voice of the blood crying merely means, "Hark how thy brother's blood cries;" that is, "Believe that it does so cry"). So here, "I seem to hear the voice of my beloved; hark, he is coming!" It is a great delight to the soul to go back in thought over the memories of its first experience of the Saviour's presence. The Church is edified by the records of grace in the histories of Divine dealings.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The voice of my beloved!.... So says the church, who well knew Christ her beloved's voice; which is known by all believers in him, and is distinguished by them from the voice of others; by the majesty and authority of it; by the power and efficacy of it; by its directing them to himself, and by the pleasure it gives them: and she speaks of it as being very delightful to her; it being the voice of him whom she loved, and a voice of love, grace, and mercy, of peace, pardon, righteousness, and salvation; and, being observed before, what follows shows that Christ is heard before he is seen; he is first heard of in the Gospel, before he is seen, by an eye of faith: and such would have others observe the voice of Christ as well as they, for here the church speaks to the daughters of Jerusalem; and it seems by this, that, by some means or another, Christ had been disturbed, and had departed from the church for a while, and was now upon the return to her, which made his voice the more joyful to her;

behold, he cometh, leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills; this may be, understood, either of Christ's first coming in the flesh, much prophesied of, long expected, and was very welcome: this was attended with many difficulties, comparable to mountains and hills; that he the Son of God should become man; that he should obey, suffer, and die for men, fulfil the law, satisfy justice, atone for sin, and save from all enemies; but those which seemed insuperable were easily surmounted by Christ: or of his spiritual coming; sometimes he withdraws himself, and then returns again, and faith, spying him at a distance, rejoices at his nearer approach; for impediments in his way, occasioned by the unbelief, carnality, lukewarmness, backslidings, and ingratitude of his people, are removed and got over by him, nothing being able to separate from his love; and his coming, either way, is with all readiness, swiftness, speed, and haste. And a "behold" is prefixed to this, as a note of admiration and attention; and is so, whether applied to the one or other. Christ's incarnation was matter of wonder, "behold, a virgin", &c. Isaiah 7:14; and so his manifestation of himself to his people, and not to others, is marvellous, "Lord, how is it", &c. John 14:22; and both comings are visible, glorious, and delightful. Ambrose (g) has these remarkable words, by way of paraphrase, on this passage,

"Let us see him leaping; he leaped out of heaven into the virgin, out of the womb into the manger, out of the manger into Jordan, out of Jordan to the cross, from the cross into the tomb, out of the grave into heaven.''

The allusion is to the leaping of a roe, or a young hart, as in Sol 2:9, which is remarkable for its leaping, even one just yeaned (h); so a young hart is described, by the poet (i), as leaping to its dam the leap of one of these creatures is very extraordinary (k).

(g) Enarrat. in Psal. cxviii. octon. 7. p. 917. (h) Vid. Dionys. Perieg. v. 843, 844. (i) , &c. Theocrit. Idyll. 8. prope finem. (k) "The hart is said to leap sixty feet at a leap", Bochart. Hierozoic. par. 2. l. 3. c. 17. col. 882.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. voice—an exclamation of joyful surprise, evidently after a long silence. The restlessness of sin and fickleness in her had disturbed His rest with her, which she had professed not to wish disturbed "till He should please." He left her, but in sovereign grace unexpectedly heralds His return. She awakes, and at once recognizes His voice (1Sa 3:9, 10; Joh 10:4); her sleep is not so sinfully deep as in So 5:2.

leaping—bounding, as the roe does, over the roughest obstacles (2Sa 2:18; 1Ch 12:8); as the father of the prodigal "had compassion and ran" (Lu 15:20).

upon the hills—as the sunbeams glancing from hill to hill. So Margin, title of Jesus Christ (Ps 22:1), "Hind of the morning" (type of His resurrection). Historically, the coming of the kingdom of heaven (the gospel dispensation), announced by John Baptist, is meant; it primarily is the garden or vineyard; the bride is called so in a secondary sense. "The voice" of Jesus Christ is indirect, through "the friend of the bridegroom" (Joh 3:29), John the Baptist. Personally, He is silent during John's ministration, who awoke the long slumbering Church with the cry. "Every hill shall be made low," in the spirit of Elias, on the "rent mountains" (1Ki 19:11; compare Isa 52:7). Jesus Christ is implied as coming with intense desire (Lu 22:15; Heb 10:7), disregarding the mountain hindrances raised by man's sin.

Song of Solomon 2:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Bride's Adoration
8"Listen! My beloved! Behold, he is coming, Climbing on the mountains, Leaping on the hills! 9"My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he is standing behind our wall, He is looking through the windows, He is peering through the lattice.…
Cross References
Song of Solomon 2:17
Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the rugged hills.

Song of Solomon 4:16
Awake, north wind, and come, south wind! Blow on my garden, that its fragrance may spread everywhere. Let my beloved come into his garden and taste its choice fruits.

Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!"
Treasury of Scripture

The voice of my beloved! behold, he comes leaping on the mountains, skipping on the hills.

voice

Songs 5:2 I sleep, but my heart wakes: it is the voice of my beloved that knocks, …

John 3:29 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, …

John 10:4,5,27 And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the …

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, …

leaping

2 Samuel 6:16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's …

Isaiah 35:6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb …

Jeremiah 48:27 For was not Israel a derision to you? was he found among thieves? …

Luke 6:23 Rejoice you in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward …

Acts 3:8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the …

Acts 14:10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on your feet. And he leaped and walked.

the mountains

Isaiah 40:3,4 The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare you the way …

Isaiah 44:23 Sing, O you heavens; for the LORD has done it: shout, you lower parts …

Isaiah 49:11-13 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted…

Isaiah 55:12,13 For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains …

Luke 3:4-6 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, …

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