Song of Solomon 6:2
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New International Version
My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to browse in the gardens and to gather lilies.

New Living Translation
My lover has gone down to his garden, to his spice beds, to browse in the gardens and gather the lilies.

English Standard Version
My beloved has gone down to his garden to the beds of spices, to graze in the gardens and to gather lilies.

New American Standard Bible
"My beloved has gone down to his garden, To the beds of balsam, To pasture his flock in the gardens And gather lilies.

King James Bible
My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My love has gone down to his garden, to beds of spice, to feed in the gardens and gather lilies.

International Standard Version
My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to graze his flock in the gardens and gather lilies.

NET Bible
My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the flowerbeds of balsam spices, to graze in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

New Heart English Bible
My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My beloved went to his garden, to the beds of spices, to graze his flock in the gardens and gather lilies.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My beloved is gone down into his garden, To the beds of spices, To feed in the gardens, And to gather lilies.

New American Standard 1977
“My beloved has gone down to his garden,
            To the beds of balsam,
            To pasture his flock in the gardens
            And gather lilies.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather the lilies.

King James 2000 Bible
My beloved has gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed his flock in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

American King James Version
My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

American Standard Version
My beloved is gone down to his garden, To the beds of spices, To feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the bed of aromatical spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

Darby Bible Translation
My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, To feed in the gardens and to gather lilies.

English Revised Version
My beloved is gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

Webster's Bible Translation
My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

World English Bible
My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

Young's Literal Translation
My beloved went down to his garden, To the beds of the spice, To delight himself in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
Study Bible
The Bride
1"Where has your beloved gone, O most beautiful among women? Where has your beloved turned, That we may seek him with you?" 2"My beloved has gone down to his garden, To the beds of balsam, To pasture his flock in the gardens And gather lilies. 3"I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine, He who pastures his flock among the lilies."…
Cross References
Song of Solomon 1:7
"Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, Where do you pasture your flock, Where do you make it lie down at noon? For why should I be like one who veils herself Beside the flocks of your companions?"

Song of Solomon 2:1
"I am the rose of Sharon, The lily of the valleys."

Song of Solomon 2:16
"My beloved is mine, and I am his; He pastures his flock among the lilies.

Song of Solomon 4:5
"Your two breasts are like two fawns, Twins of a gazelle Which feed among the lilies.

Song of Solomon 4:16
"Awake, O north wind, And come, wind of the south; Make my garden breathe out fragrance, Let its spices be wafted abroad. May my beloved come into his garden And eat its choice fruits!"

Song of Solomon 5:1
"I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh along with my balsam. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Eat, friends; Drink and imbibe deeply, O lovers."

Song of Solomon 5:13
"His cheeks are like a bed of balsam, Banks of sweet-scented herbs; His lips are lilies Dripping with liquid myrrh.
Treasury of Scripture

My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

gone

Songs 6:11 I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, …

Songs 4:12-16 A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain …

Songs 5:1 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my …

Isaiah 58:11 And the LORD shall guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in …

Isaiah 61:11 For as the earth brings forth her bud, and as the garden causes the …

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am …

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: …

the beds

Songs 5:13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like …

feed

Songs 1:7,8 Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, where you feed, where you make …

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs …

Ezekiel 34:23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, …

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God in the middle of you is mighty; he will save, he …

John 4:34,35 Jesus said to them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, …

Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the middle of the throne shall feed them, …

and to

Songs 2:2 As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful …

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive …

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me …

Philippians 1:21-23 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain…

1 Thessalonians 4:13,14 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning them …

Verses 2, 3. - My beloved is gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies. I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth his flock among the lilies. In Ecclesiastes 2:5, 6 Solomon says, "I planted me vineyards; I made me gardens and parks, and I planted trees in them of all kinds of fruit; I made me pools of water, to water therefrom the forest where trees were reared." In Revelation 7:17 it is said, "The Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall be their Shepherd, and shall guide them unto fountains of water of life: and God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes." We can scarcely doubt that the meaning is - The bridegroom is not gone far; he is where he is congenially employed; where his pure and lovely nature finds that which is like itself - beauty and fragrance and innocence. It is his resort, and it corresponds with his perfection. Delitzsch thinks "thoughtfulness and depth of feeling are intended" (cf. Psalm 92:5). "His thoughts are very deep." But it would seem more fitting, in the lips of the bride, that she should dwell on the aspects of her beloved which correspond with her own feelings. She is one of the lilies. The king is coming into his garden, and I am ready to receive him. The shepherd among his flock. They are all like lilies, pure and beautiful. The bride has nothing but chaste thoughts of her husband: because she knows that he is hers, and she is his. Surely such language is not inaptly applied to spiritual uses. Tennyson's lovely poem, 'St. Agnes' Eve,' has caught the spirit of Shulamith. A few of his lines will illustrate this -

"The shadows of the convent towers
Slant down the snowy sward,
Still creeping with the creeping hours
That lead me to my Lord.


Make thou my spirit pure and clear
As are the frosty skies,
Or this first snowdrop of the year
That in my bosom lies.


He lifts me to the golden doors;
The flashes come and go;
All Heaven bursts her starry floors,
And strews her lights below,


And deepens on and up! the gates
Roll back, and far within
For me the heavenly Bridegroom waits,
To make me pure of sin.


The sabbaths of eternity,
One sabbath deep and wide,
A light upon the shining sea -
The Bridegroom with his bride."
My beloved is gone down into his garden,.... Which may be said by Solomon, in allusion to what he himself was wont to do, as Josephus (q) relates; who used to go very early in a morning in great pomp to Etham, about two miles from Jerusalem, a pleasant place, abounding with gardens and flows of water: or respect may be had to the king's gardens nearer Jerusalem, which were at the descent of Mount Zion, and reached to the lower pool (r); see Nehemiah 3:15; and which lying lower than the king's palace, he might be said to go down to it. And this may point at the low estate of the people of God on earth, depressed with sorrows, afflictions, and persecutions; and the condescension of Christ, in visiting them in their low estate, and granting them his gracious presence: of the garden of Christ, and of his coming into it; see Gill on Sol 4:12; See Gill on Sol 4:16; See Gill on Sol 5:1; and the church might remember what he said, "I am come into my garden", Sol 5:1; though she soon fell asleep and forgot it, and now calls it to mind, and so could direct the daughters where he was. She adds,

to the beds of spices; of odoriferous plants; to which particular believers, planted regularly in the churches of Christ, may be compared, for the excellency and fragrancy of their graces; and among whom Christ delights to be; see Sol 4:13. Gussetius (s) thinks the words, both here and in Sol 5:13, should be rendered "rivers of spices"; an hyperbolical expression, showing that a man walking by rivers of waters, where aromatic plants and fragrant flowers grow, perceives such a sweet odour, that, while he is refreshed with the moisture of the waters, he seems to be walking by rivers of spices. The end of her beloved's going thither is,

to feed in the gardens; to feed his flocks there: not on commons and in fields, but in gardens, which is unusual: and by which are meant particular churches, where Christ feeds his people, by his Spirit and by his ministers, word and ordinances, with himself, the bread of life; with the discoveries of his love, better than wine; and with the doctrines and promises of the Gospel: or to feed himself, or that "he himself might be fed" (t) there; by beholding with pleasure how the plants grow, and the spices flow out; by tasting the pleasant fruits of the garden; and by observing with delight the graces of the Spirit in his people in lively exercise;

and to gather lilies; to crop them with the hand (u); lilies are liable to be cropped, hence Horace (w) calls the lily "breve lilium", the short lived lily: to these saints may be compared, for the glory, splendour, and beauty, they receive from Christ; see Sol 2:2; there was a gathering of these at the death of Christ, Ephesians 2:10; and there is a gathering of them in effectual calling, and into a church state, and into nearer communion with Christ; but here it seems to signify a gathering them by death, when fully ripe, to enjoy everlasting fellowship with him.

(q) Antiqu. l. 8. c. 7. s. 3.((r) See Lightfoot's Chorograph. Inquiry on John, c. 5. s. 4. p. 509. (s) Ebr. Comment. p. 642. (t) "ut ubi pascatur", V. L. Munster, Mercerus. (u) , Theocrit. Idyll. 19. v. 32. (w) Carmin. l. 1. Ode 36, v. 16. 2. gone down—Jerusalem was on a hill (answering to its moral elevation), and the gardens were at a little distance in the valleys below.

beds of spices—(balsam) which He Himself calls the "mountain of myrrh," etc. (So 4:6), and again (So 8:14), the resting-place of His body amidst spices, and of His soul in paradise, and now in heaven, where He stands as High Priest for ever. Nowhere else in the Song is there mention of mountains of spices.

feed in … gardens—that is, in the churches, though He may have withdrawn for a time from the individual believer: she implies an invitation to the daughters of Jerusalem to enter His spiritual Church, and become lilies, made white by His blood. He is gathering some lilies now to plant on earth, others to transplant into heaven (So 5:1; Ge 5:24; Mr 4:28, 29; Ac 7:60).6:2,3 Christ's church is a garden, enclosed, and separated from the world; he takes care of it, delights in it, and visits it. Those who would find Christ, must attend him in his ordinances, the word, sacraments, and prayer. When Christ comes to his church, it is to entertain his friends. And to take believers to himself: he picks the lilies one by one; and at the great day he will send forth his angels to gather all his lilies, that he may be for ever admired in them. The death of a believer is not more than the owner of a garden plucking a favourite flower; and He will preserve it from withering, yea, cause it to flourish for ever, with increasing beauty. If our own hearts can witness for us that we are Christ's, question not his being ours, for the covenant never breaks on his side. It is the comfort of the church, that he feeds among the lilies, that he takes delight in his people.
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