Song of Solomon 3:8
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New International Version
all of them wearing the sword, all experienced in battle, each with his sword at his side, prepared for the terrors of the night.

New Living Translation
They are all skilled swordsmen, experienced warriors. Each wears a sword on his thigh, ready to defend the king against an attack in the night.

English Standard Version
all of them wearing swords and expert in war, each with his sword at his thigh, against terror by night.

New American Standard Bible
"All of them are wielders of the sword, Expert in war; Each man has his sword at his side, Guarding against the terrors of the night.

King James Bible
They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All of them are skilled with swords and trained in warfare. Each has his sword at his side to guard against the terror of the night.

International Standard Version
All of them are wearing swords and are experienced in battle. Each has his sword on his thigh, ready for the terror of the night.

NET Bible
All of them are skilled with a sword, well-trained in the art of warfare. Each has his sword at his side, to guard against the terrors of the night.

New Heart English Bible
They all handle the sword, and are expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh, because of fear in the night.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All of them are skilled in using swords, experienced in combat. Each one has his sword at his side and guards against the terrors of the night.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They all handle the sword, And are expert in war; Every man hath his sword upon his thigh, Because of dread in the night.

New American Standard 1977
“All of them are wielders of the sword,
            Expert in war;
            Each man has his sword at his side,
            Guarding against the terrors of the night.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They all hold swords, being expert in war; each one has his sword upon his thigh because of the fears of the night.

King James 2000 Bible
They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man has his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night.

American King James Version
They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man has his sword on his thigh because of fear in the night.

American Standard Version
They all handle the sword, and are expert in war: Every man hath his sword upon his thigh, Because of fear in the night.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All holding swords, and most expert in war : every man's sword upon his thigh, because of fears in the night.

Darby Bible Translation
They all hold the sword, Experts in war; Each hath his sword upon his thigh Because of alarm in the nights.

English Revised Version
They all handle the sword, and are expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh, because of fear in the night.

Webster's Bible Translation
They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night.

World English Bible
They all handle the sword, and are expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh, because of fear in the night.

Young's Literal Translation
All of them holding sword, taught of battle, Each his sword by his thigh, for fear at night.
Study Bible
Solomon's Wedding Day
7"Behold, it is the traveling couch of Solomon; Sixty mighty men around it, Of the mighty men of Israel. 8"All of them are wielders of the sword, Expert in war; Each man has his sword at his side, Guarding against the terrors of the night. 9"King Solomon has made for himself a sedan chair From the timber of Lebanon.…
Cross References
Psalm 45:3
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One, In Your splendor and Your majesty!

Psalm 91:5
You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day;

Song of Solomon 3:7
"Behold, it is the traveling couch of Solomon; Sixty mighty men around it, Of the mighty men of Israel.

Song of Solomon 3:9
"King Solomon has made for himself a sedan chair From the timber of Lebanon.

Jeremiah 50:9
"For behold, I am going to arouse and bring up against Babylon A horde of great nations from the land of the north, And they will draw up their battle lines against her; From there she will be taken captive. Their arrows will be like an expert warrior Who does not return empty-handed.
Treasury of Scripture

They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man has his sword on his thigh because of fear in the night.

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Psalm 45:3 Gird your sword on your thigh, O most mighty, with your glory and your majesty.

Psalm 149:5-9 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud on their beds…

Isaiah 27:3 I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt …

Ephesians 6:16-18 Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you shall be able …

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Nehemiah 4:21,22 So we labored in the work: and half of them held the spears from …

1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober…

(8) Because of fear--i.e., because of the alarms common at night. For fear in the sense of object of fear, comp. Psalm 91:5; Proverbs 3:25.

Verse 8. - They all handle the sword, and are expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night. The guard of warriors round the litter secured the bride from any sudden alarm as she travelled through the wilderness, and so gave her quiet rest. The journey from Shunem to Jerusalem would be about fifty miles in a direct course, and it was therefore necessary to pass at least one, if not two, nights on the way; the course being through a wild and solitary region. The Church of God may be often called to pass through dangers and enemies, but he that loveth her will provide against her destruction - she shall have rest in the love cf. her Lord. He will surround her with his strength. "My peace I give unto thee" - provided by me, coming from myself, the fruit of my self-sacrificing love. They all hold swords,.... Or a "sword" (r); the word is singular, which designs the word of God, called the sword of the Spirit, and said to be sharper than a twoedged sword, Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12; which everyone of the ministers of the Gospel hold in their hands; and which denotes not only their apprehension, but their retention of it, and firm adherence to it; it cleaves to them, and they to that; they and their sword cannot be parted, as Gussetius (s) observes the word signifies; these ministers could not be prevailed upon to drop it, or part with it, but retained it to the last; which shows them to be valiant men;

being expert in war; in military straits, in the spiritual war against sin, Satan, and the world, in common with other Christians; and in fighting the good fight of faith, against all opposers of the doctrines of the Gospel; knowing how to use to the best advantage the spiritual sword, the Scriptures of truth, to defend the Gospel, and refute error;

every man hath his sword upon his thigh; as a preparation for war, and an indication of readiness to engage in it, Psalm 45:3; for, being on the thigh, it is near, easy to come at, at once upon occasion, and so always in a posture of defence; all which expresses the familiar acquaintance ministers have with the word of God, its nearness, so that they can easily come at it, and furnish themselves with a sufficient proof of truth, and with proper arguments for the refutation of error. And this is done

because of fear in the night: when there is most danger; hence Cyrus considering that men are most easily taken when eating and drinking, and in the bath, and in bed, and in sleep, looked out for the most faithful men to be his bodyguard (t). By "night" or "nights" (u) may be meant the nights of desertion, temptation, affliction, and persecution; when saints are in fear of their spiritual enemies, and of being overcome and destroyed by them: now Christ has provided a guard for his people, to prevent or remove these fears, and defend them from such as would make inroads upon their faith and comfort; namely, his ministers, that by their ministerings they may be a means of securing their peace and comfort, and of freeing them from all terrible apprehensions of things; which, as it shows the safety and security of the saints, so the tender care and concern of Christ for them.

(r) Sept. "gladium", Pagninus, Junius & Tremellius, Cocceius. (s) Ebr. Comment. p. 23. (t) Xenophon. Cyropaedia, l. 6. c. 29. (u) "in noctibus", Pagninus, Montanus, Piscator, Marckius, Michaelis. 8. hold—not actually grasping them, but having them girt on the thigh ready for use, like their Lord (Ps 45:3). So believers too are guarded by angels (Ps 91:11; Heb 1:14), and they themselves need "every man" (Ne 4:18) to be armed (Ps 144:1, 2; 2Co 10:4; Eph 6:12, 17; 1Ti 6:12), and "expert" (2Co 2:11).

because of fear in the night—Arab marauders often turn a wedding into mourning by a night attack. So the bridal procession of saints in the night of this wilderness is the chief object of Satan's assault.3:6-11 A wilderness is an emblem of the world; the believer comes out of it when he is delivered from the love of its sinful pleasures and pursuits, and refuses to comply with its customs and fashions, to seek happiness in communion with the Saviour. A poor soul shall come up, at last, under the conduct of the Comforter; like a cloud of incense ascending from the altar, or the smoke of the burnt-offerings. This signifies pious and devout affections, and the mounting of the soul heaven-ward. The believer is filled with the graces of God's Spirit; his devotions now are very lively. These graces and comforts are from the heavenly Canaan. He, who is the Peace of his people, the King of the heavenly Zion, has provided for the safe conveyance of his redeemed through the wilderness of this world. The bed, or palanquin, was contrived for rest and easy conveyance, but its beauty and magnificence showed the quality of its owner. The church is well guarded; more are with her than are against her: believers, when they repose in Christ, and with him, though they have their fears in the night, are yet safe. The chariot here denotes the covenant of redemption, the way of our salvation. This is that work of Christ, which makes him loved and admired in the eyes of believers. It is framed and contrived, both for the glory of Christ, and for the comfort of believers; it is well ordered in all things and sure. The blood of the covenant, that rich purple, is the cover of this chariot, by which believers are sheltered from the wind and storms of Divine wrath, and the troubles of this world; but the midst of it is that love of Christ which passes knowledge, this is for believers to repose upon. Christ, in his gospel, manifests himself. Take special notice of his crown. Applying this to Christ, it speaks the honour put upon him, and his power and dominion.
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