Song of Solomon 5:4
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New International Version
My beloved thrust his hand through the latch-opening; my heart began to pound for him.

New Living Translation
My lover tried to unlatch the door, and my heart thrilled within me.

English Standard Version
My beloved put his hand to the latch, and my heart was thrilled within me.

New American Standard Bible
"My beloved extended his hand through the opening, And my feelings were aroused for him.

King James Bible
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My love thrust his hand through the opening, and my feelings were stirred for him.

International Standard Version
My beloved reached out his hand for the latch. My feelings for him were aroused.

NET Bible
My lover thrust his hand through the hole, and my feelings were stirred for him.

New Heart English Bible
My beloved thrust his hand in through the latch opening. My heart pounded for him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My beloved put his hand through the keyhole. My heart throbbed for him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, And my heart was moved for him.

New American Standard 1977
“My beloved extended his hand through the opening,
            And my feelings were aroused for him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.

King James 2000 Bible
My beloved put in his hand by the latch of the door, and my heart was thrilled for him.

American King James Version
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.

American Standard Version
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door , And my heart was moved for him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My beloved put his hand through the key hole, and my bowels were moved at his touch.

Darby Bible Translation
My beloved put in his hand by the hole [of the door]; And my bowels yearned for him.

English Revised Version
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my heart was moved for him.

Webster's Bible Translation
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.

World English Bible
My beloved thrust his hand in through the latch opening. My heart pounded for him.

Young's Literal Translation
My beloved sent his hand from the net-work, And my bowels were moved for him.
Study Bible
The Bride Searches for Her Beloved
3"I have taken off my dress, How can I put it on again? I have washed my feet, How can I dirty them again? 4"My beloved extended his hand through the opening, And my feelings were aroused for him. 5"I arose to open to my beloved; And my hands dripped with myrrh, And my fingers with liquid myrrh, On the handles of the bolt.…
Cross References
Genesis 7:11
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened.

Jeremiah 31:20
"Is Ephraim My dear son? Is he a delightful child? Indeed, as often as I have spoken against him, I certainly still remember him; Therefore My heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.

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Philippians 2:13 For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

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Genesis 43:30 And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn on his brother: and …

1 Kings 3:26 Then spoke the woman whose the living child was to the king, for …

Isaiah 26:8,9 Yes, in the way of your judgments, O LORD, have we waited for you; …

1 John 3:16,17 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

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(4) By the hole--i.e., through (Heb. min), as in Song of Solomon 2:9. The hole is the aperture made in the door above the lock for the insertion of the hand with the key. The ancient lock was probably like the one in use in Palestine now. It consists of a hollow bolt or bar, which passes through a staple fixed to the door and into the door-post. In the staple are a number of movable pins, which drop into corresponding holes in the bolt when it is pushed home, and the door is then locked. To unlock it, the key is slid into the hollow bolt, and the movable pins pushed back by other pins in it, corresponding in size and form, which fill up the holes, and so enable the bolt to be withdrawn. It is said that, in lieu of a proper key, the arm can be inserted into the hollow bolt and the pins be pushed up by the hand, if provided with some soft material, as lard or wax, to fill up the holes, and keep the pins from falling back again till the bolt is withdrawn. This offers one explanation of Song of Solomon 5:5. Coming to the door and having no key, the lover is supposed to make use of some myrrh, brought as a present, in trying to open the door, and, not succeeding, to go away. The sweet smelling (Marg., passing, or running about) is the myrrh that drops from the tree naturally, before any incision is made in the bark, and is considered specially fine. Others explain Song of Solomon 5:5 by comparison with the heathen custom alluded to in Lucretius iv. 1173:--

"At lacrimans exclusus amator limina spe

Floribus et sertis operit posteisque superbos

Unguet amaricino, et foribus miser oscula figit."

(Comp. Tibullus, 1:2-14.) Perhaps Proverbs 7:17 makes the comparison allowable, but the first explanation is preferable.

Verse 4. - My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my heart was moved for him. The door hole is a part of the door pierced through at the upper part of the lock, or door bolt (מִן־הַחור), that is, by the opening from without to within, or through the opening, as if, i.e., to open the door by pressing back the lock or bolt from within. There was some obstacle. He tailed to open it. It had not been left so that he could easily obtain admittance. The metaphor is very apt and beautiful. How much he loved her! How he tried to come to her! As applied to the Saviour, what infinite suggestiveness! He would be with us, and not only knocks at the door, but is impatient to enter; tries the lock, and too often finds it in vain; he is repelled, he is resisted, he is coldly excluded. My heart was moved for him. מֵעַי, "my inner being" (cf. Isaiah 63:15, where the same word is used of God). It is often employed to express sympathy and affection, especially with tender regret. The later authorities, as the older translations, have "to him" (עָלָיו), i.e. over him, or on account of him, in the thought of his wounded heart. My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door,.... To remove the bolt or bar which kept him from entering in. By the "door" is meant the door of her heart, which was in a great measure shut against Christ, through the prevalence of corruption; and the "hole" in it shows that it was not entirely shut up, there was a little love broke out from her to him; a little light broke in from him upon her; but her heart was much narrowed and straitened, her grace low in exercise, yet there were some faith, some love, &c. wherefore Christ takes the advantage of the little hole or crevice there was, and "put in his hand"; which is to be understood of powerful and efficacious grace, and the exertion of it on her; which is as necessary to awake a drowsy saint, and reclaim a backsliding professor, and to quicken to the exercise of grace, and performance of duty, as to the conversion of a sinner, Acts 11:22; and this is a proof of the greatness of Christ's love to his church; that notwithstanding her rude carriage to him, he does not utterly forsake her, but left something behind that wrought upon her; as well as of his mighty power, in that what calls, knocks, raps, good words, and melting language, could not do, his hand did at once;

and my bowels were moved for him; the passions of her soul; her grief and sorrow for sin, in using him in so ill a manner; her shame for being guilty of such ingratitude; her fear lest he should utterly depart from her; her love, which had been chill and cold, now began to kindle and appear in flames; her heart, and the desires of it, were in motion towards him; and a hearty concern appeared that he should be used so unfriendly by her; that his company and communion with him should be slighted, who had so greatly loved her, and endured so much for her; other effects follow. 4. A key in the East is usually a piece of wood with pegs in it corresponding to small holes in a wooden bolt within, and is put through a hole in the door, and thus draws the bolt. So Jesus Christ "puts forth His hand (namely, His Spirit, Eze 3:14), by (Hebrew, 'from,' so in So 2:9) the hole"; in "chastening" (Ps 38:2; Re 3:14-22, singularly similar to this passage), and other unexpected ways letting Himself in (Lu 22:61, 62).

bowels … moved for him—It is His which are first troubled for us, and which cause ours to be troubled for Him (Jer 31:20; Ho 11:8).5:2-8 Churches and believers, by carelessness and security, provoke Christ to withdraw. We ought to notice our spiritual slumbers and distempers. Christ knocks to awaken us, knocks by his word and Spirit, knocks by afflictions and by our consciences; thus, Re 3:20. When we are unmindful of Christ, still he thinks of us. Christ's love to us should engage ours to him, even in the most self-denying instances; and we only can be gainers by it. Careless souls put slights on Jesus Christ. Another could not be sent to open the door. Christ calls to us, but we have no mind, or pretend we have no strength, or we have no time, and think we may be excused. Making excuses is making light of Christ. Those put contempt upon Christ, who cannot find in their hearts to bear a cold blast, or to leave a warm bed for him. See the powerful influences of Divine grace. He put in his hand to unbolt the door, as one weary of waiting. This betokens a work of the Spirit upon the soul. The believer's rising above self-indulgence, seeking by prayer for the consolations of Christ, and to remove every hinderance to communion with him; these actings of the soul are represented by the hands dropping sweet-smelling myrrh upon the handles of the locks. But the Beloved was gone! By absenting himself, Christ will teach his people to value his gracious visits more highly. Observe, the soul still calls Christ her Beloved. Every desertion is not despair. Lord, I believe, though I must say, Lord, help my unbelief. His words melted me, yet, wretch that I was, I made excuses. The smothering and stifling of convictions will be very bitter to think of, when God opens our eyes. The soul went in pursuit of him; not only prayed, but used means, sought him in the ways wherein he used to be found. The watchmen wounded me. Some refer it to those who misapply the word to awakened consciences. The charge to the daughters of Jerusalem, seems to mean the distressed believer's desire of the prayers of the feeblest Christian. Awakened souls are more sensible of Christ's withdrawings than of any other trouble.
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