Song of Solomon 5:9
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New International Version
How is your beloved better than others, most beautiful of women? How is your beloved better than others, that you so charge us?

New Living Translation
Why is your lover better than all others, O woman of rare beauty? What makes your lover so special that we must promise this?

English Standard Version
What is your beloved more than another beloved, O most beautiful among women? What is your beloved more than another beloved, that you thus adjure us?

New American Standard Bible
"What kind of beloved is your beloved, O most beautiful among women? What kind of beloved is your beloved, That thus you adjure us?"

King James Bible
What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What makes the one you love better than another, most beautiful of women? What makes him better than another, that you would give us this charge? W

International Standard Version
What is so special about your beloved, most beautiful of women? What is so special about your beloved, that you charge us like this?

NET Bible
Why is your beloved better than others, O most beautiful of women? Why is your beloved better than others, that you would command us in this manner?

New Heart English Bible
How is your beloved better than another beloved, you fairest among women? How is your beloved better than another beloved, that you do so adjure us?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Most beautiful of women, what makes your beloved better than any other beloved? What makes your beloved better than any other beloved that you make us swear this way?

JPS Tanakh 1917
What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? What is thy beloved more than another beloved, That thou dost so adjure us?'

New American Standard 1977
“<,>What kind of beloved is your beloved,
            O most beautiful among women?
            What kind of beloved is your beloved,
            That thus you adjure us?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? What is thy beloved more than another beloved that thou dost so charge us?

King James 2000 Bible
What is your beloved more than another beloved, O you fairest among women? what is your beloved more than another beloved, that you so charge us?

American King James Version
What is your beloved more than another beloved, O you fairest among women? what is your beloved more than another beloved, that you do so charge us?

American Standard Version
What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? What is thy beloved more than another beloved, That thou dost so adjure us?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What manner of one is thy beloved of the beloved, O thou most beautiful among women? what manner of one is thy beloved of the beloved, that thou hast so adjured us?

Darby Bible Translation
What is thy beloved more than [another] beloved, Thou fairest among women? What is thy beloved more than [another] beloved, That thou dost so charge us?

English Revised Version
What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so adjure us?

Webster's Bible Translation
What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us?

World English Bible
How is your beloved better than another beloved, you fairest among women? How is your beloved better than another beloved, that you do so adjure us? Beloved

Young's Literal Translation
What is thy beloved above any beloved, O fair among women? What is thy beloved above any beloved, That thus thou hast adjured us?
Study Bible
The Friends
8"I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, If you find my beloved, As to what you will tell him: For I am lovesick." 9"What kind of beloved is your beloved, O most beautiful among women? What kind of beloved is your beloved, That thus you adjure us?" 10"My beloved is dazzling and ruddy, Outstanding among ten thousand.…
Cross References
Song of Solomon 1:8
"If you yourself do not know, Most beautiful among women, Go forth on the trail of the flock And pasture your young goats By the tents of the shepherds.

Song of Solomon 2:7
"I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, By the gazelles or by the hinds of the field, That you do not arouse or awaken my love Until she pleases."

Song of Solomon 6:1
"Where has your beloved gone, O most beautiful among women? Where has your beloved turned, That we may seek him with you?"
Treasury of Scripture

What is your beloved more than another beloved, O you fairest among women? what is your beloved more than another beloved, that you do so charge us?

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Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root …

Matthew 16:13-17 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his …

Matthew 21:10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, …

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory…

2 Corinthians 4:3-6 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost…

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Songs 1:8 If you know not, O you fairest among women, go your way forth by …

Songs 6:1,9,10 Where is your beloved gone, O you fairest among women? where is your …

Psalm 45:13 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of worked gold.

Psalm 87:3 Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. Selah.

(9) What is thy beloved?--This question, introducing the description of the bridegroom's person, raises almost into certainty the conjecture that the poem was actually sung, or presented as an epithalamium, by alternate choirs (or single voices) of maidens and young men, as in the Carmen Nuptiale of Catullus, vying the one in praise of the bridegroom, the other of the bride. Mere love-poems contain descriptions of the charms of the fair one to whom they are addressed, but not of the poet himself.

Verse 9. - What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so adjure us? This, of course, is poetic artifice in order to give the opportunity to the bride to enter upon a glowing description of the object of her love. She wishes to say that he is perfect, everything that he can be. What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women?.... The same title Christ gives her, Sol 1:8; and from whom these daughters seem to have taken it; and, in giving it to her, might be assured they were right, since he, who knew her perfectly well, so calls her; in what sense she was so fair; see Gill on Sol 1:8, and this they used, to show their esteem of her, and that they were willing to do all the service they could for her; and what made them so attentive to her charge, and so desirous of knowing her beloved; since they concluded he must be some extraordinary person that one so fair and beautiful as she was should make the object of her love and choice: for this question they put, not in a scornful and disdainful way; nor to shift off any trouble from themselves, through the charge she gave them; nor as altogether ignorant of her beloved, for some knowledge they had, though but small; but as desirous of knowing more of him, and of hearing his excellencies set forth, and especially those which distinguished him from the beloveds of all others: with some, the world, its riches and grandeur, are their beloved; with others, the sinful lusts and pleasures of this life; with others, the praises and applause of men; and with others near and dear relations; and, with all, self: but with a true believer in Christ, he is preferable to them all; to riches, pleasures, honours; to all creatures, and creature enjoyments; and self, in every sense of it, is parted with for him; he is fairer, wiser, and richer, than all others. And this question is repeated by the daughters,

what is thy beloved more than another beloved? to show their surprise it the charge given them; the suspicion they had of peculiar excellencies in her beloved; and to declare their seriousness and earnestness to know more of Christ; and their importunity to have a speedy answer; and the rather for what follows:

that thou dost so charge us? so awfully and solemnly, so seriously and strictly, with so much warmth and vehemence. 9. Her own beauty (Eze 16:14), and lovesickness for Him, elicit now their enquiry (Mt 5:16); heretofore "other lords besides Him had dominion over them"; thus they had seen "no beauty in Him" (Isa 26:13; 53:2).5:9-16 Even those who have little acquaintance with Christ, cannot but see amiable beauty in others who bear his image. There are hopes of those who begin to inquire concerning Christ and his perfections. Christians, who are well acquainted with Christ themselves, should do all they can to make others know something of him. Divine glory makes him truly lovely in the eyes of all who are enlightened to discern spiritual things. He is white in the spotless innocence of his life, ruddy in the bleeding sufferings he went through at his death. This description of the person of the Beloved, would form, in the figurative language of those times, a portrait of beauty of person and of grace of manners; but the aptness of some of the allusions may not appear to us. He shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all that believe. May his love constrain us to live to his glory.
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