Song of Solomon 4:10
Parallel Verses
New International Version
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume more than any spice!

New Living Translation
Your love delights me, my treasure, my bride. Your love is better than wine, your perfume more fragrant than spices.

English Standard Version
How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your oils than any spice!

New American Standard Bible
"How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, And the fragrance of your oils Than all kinds of spices!

King James Bible
How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How delightful your love is, my sister, my bride. Your love is much better than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any balsam.

International Standard Version
How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride. How much better is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than all kinds of spices.

NET Bible
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine; the fragrance of your perfume is better than any spice!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How beautiful are your expressions of love, my bride, my sister! How much better are your expressions of love than wine and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
How fair is thy love, my sister, my bride! How much better is thy love than wine! And the smell of thine ointments than all manner of spices!

New American Standard 1977
“How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride!
            How much better is your love than wine,
            And the fragrance of your oils
            Than all kinds of spices!

Jubilee Bible 2000
How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!

King James 2000 Bible
How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is your love than wine! and the fragrance of your perfume than all spices!

American King James Version
How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is your love than wine! and the smell of your ointments than all spices!

American Standard Version
How fair is thy love, my sister, my bride! How much better is thy love than wine! And the fragrance of thine oils than all manner of spices!

Douay-Rheims Bible
How beautiful are thy breasts, my sister, my spouse! thy breasts are more beautiful than wine, and the sweet smell of thy ointments above all aromatical spices.

Darby Bible Translation
How fair is thy love, my sister, [my] spouse! How much better is thy love than wine! And the fragrance of thine ointments than all spices!

English Revised Version
How fair is thy love, my sister, my bride! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all manner of spices!

Webster's Bible Translation
How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thy ointments than all spices!

World English Bible
How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine! The fragrance of your perfumes than all kinds of spices!

Young's Literal Translation
How wonderful have been thy loves, my sister-spouse, How much better have been thy loves than wine, And the fragrance of thy perfumes than all spices.
Study Bible
Solomon Admires his Beloved
9"You have made my heart beat faster, my sister, my bride; You have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eyes, With a single strand of your necklace. 10"How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, And the fragrance of your oils Than all kinds of spices! 11"Your lips, my bride, drip honey; Honey and milk are under your tongue, And the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.…
Word Study

How fair
yaphah  (yaw-faw')
to be bright, i.e. (by implication) beautiful -- be beautiful, be (make self) fair(-r), deck.

is thy love
dowd  (dode)
from an unused root meaning properly, to boil, i.e. (figuratively) to love; by implication, a love-token, lover, friend; specifically an uncle

my sister
'achowth  (aw-khoth')
a sister (used very widely, literally and figuratively) -- (an-)other, sister, together.

my spouse
kallah  (kal-law')
a bride (as if perfect); hence, a son's wife -- bride, daughter-in-law, spouse.

how much better
towb  (tobe)
to be (transitively, do or make) good (or well) in the widest sense;--be (do) better, cheer, be (do, seem) good, (make) goodly, please, (be, do, go, play) well.

is thy love
dowd  (dode)
from an unused root meaning properly, to boil, i.e. (figuratively) to love; by implication, a love-token, lover, friend; specifically an uncle

than wine
yayin  (yah'-yin)
wine (as fermented); by implication, intoxication -- banqueting, wine, wine(-bibber).

and the smell
reyach  (ray'-akh)
odor (as if blown) -- savour, scent, smell.

of thine ointments
shemen  (sheh'-men)
grease, especially liquid (as from the olive, often perfumed); figuratively, richness -- anointing, fat (things), fruitful, oil(-ed), ointment, olive, + pine.

than all spices
besem  (beh'-sem)
fragrance; by implication, spicery; also the balsam plant -- smell, spice, sweet (odour).

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:8-15 Observe the gracious call Christ gives to the church. It is, 1. A precept; so this is Christ's call to his church to come off from the world. These hills seem pleasant, but there are in them lions' dens; they are mountains of the leopards. 2. As a promise; many shall be brought as members of the church, from every point. The church shall be delivered from her persecutors in due time, though now she dwells among lions, Ps 57:4. Christ's heart is upon his church; his treasure is therein; and he delights in the affection she has for him; its working in the heart, and its works in the life. The odours wherewith the spouse is perfumed, are as the gifts and graces of the Spirit. Love and obedience to God are more pleasing to Christ than sacrifice or incense. Christ having put upon his spouse the white raiment of his own righteousness, and the righteousness of saints, and perfumed it with holy joy and comfort, he is well pleased with it. And Christ walks in his garden unseen. A hedge of protection is made around, which all the powers of darkness cannot break through. The souls of believers are as gardens enclosed, where is a well of living water, Joh 4:14; 7:38, the influences of the Holy Spirit. The world knows not these wells of salvation, nor can any opposer corrupt this fountain. Saints in the church, and graces in the saints, are fitly compared to fruits and spices. They are planted, and do not grow of themselves. They are precious; they are the blessings of this earth. They will be kept to good purpose when flowers are withered. Grace, when ended in glory, will last for ever. Christ is the source which makes these gardens fruitful; even a well of living waters.
Cross References
Song of Solomon 1:2
"May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine.

Song of Solomon 1:3
"Your oils have a pleasing fragrance, Your name is like purified oil; Therefore the maidens love you.

Song of Solomon 1:4
"Draw me after you and let us run together! The king has brought me into his chambers." "We will rejoice in you and be glad; We will extol your love more than wine. Rightly do they love you."

Song of Solomon 4:9
"You have made my heart beat faster, my sister, my bride; You have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eyes, With a single strand of your necklace.

Song of Solomon 7:6
"How beautiful and how delightful you are, My love, with all your charms!
Treasury of Scripture

How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is your love than wine! and the smell of your ointments than all spices!

love

Songs 1:2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for your love is better than wine.

how much

Songs 1:2,4 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for your love is better …

the smell

Songs 1:3,12 Because of the smell of your good ointments your name is as ointment …

Songs 3:6 Who is this that comes out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, …

Songs 5:5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, …

2 Corinthians 1:21,22 Now he which establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, is God…

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus …

Revelation 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty …

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