Song of Solomon 7:7
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New International Version
Your stature is like that of the palm, and your breasts like clusters of fruit.

New Living Translation
You are slender like a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters of fruit.

English Standard Version
Your stature is like a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters.

New American Standard Bible
"Your stature is like a palm tree, And your breasts are like its clusters.

King James Bible
This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your stature is like a palm tree; your breasts are clusters of fruit.

International Standard Version
Your stature is like a palm tree, and your breasts are like clusters of fruit.

NET Bible
Your stature is like a palm tree, and your breasts are like clusters of grapes.

New Heart English Bible
This, your stature, is like a palm tree, your breasts like its fruit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Young woman, your figure is like a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters.

JPS Tanakh 1917
This thy stature is like to a palm-tree, And thy breasts to clusters of grapes.

New American Standard 1977
“Your stature is like a palm tree,
            And your breasts are like its clusters.

Jubilee Bible 2000
This, thy stature is like unto the palm tree, and thy breasts to the clusters.

King James 2000 Bible
This your stature is like to a palm tree, and your breasts to its clusters.

American King James Version
This your stature is like to a palm tree, and your breasts to clusters of grapes.

American Standard Version
This thy stature is like to a palm-tree, And thy breasts to its clusters.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.

Darby Bible Translation
This thy stature is like to a palm-tree, And thy breasts to grape clusters.

English Revised Version
This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.

Webster's Bible Translation
This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.

World English Bible
This, your stature, is like a palm tree, your breasts like its fruit.

Young's Literal Translation
This thy stature hath been like to a palm, And thy breasts to clusters.
Study Bible
Admiration by the Bridegroom
6"How beautiful and how delightful you are, My love, with all your charms! 7"Your stature is like a palm tree, And your breasts are like its clusters. 8"I said, 'I will climb the palm tree, I will take hold of its fruit stalks.' Oh, may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, And the fragrance of your breath like apples,…
Cross References
Song of Solomon 7:6
"How beautiful and how delightful you are, My love, with all your charms!

Song of Solomon 7:8
"I said, 'I will climb the palm tree, I will take hold of its fruit stalks.' Oh, may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, And the fragrance of your breath like apples,
Treasury of Scripture

This your stature is like to a palm tree, and your breasts to clusters of grapes.

thy stature

Psalm 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like …

Jeremiah 10:5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs …

Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge …

thy breasts

Songs 3:8 They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man has his sword …

Songs 1:13 A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved to me; he shall lie all night …

Songs 4:5 Your two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed …

Songs 8:8 We have a little sister, and she has no breasts: what shall we do …

Isaiah 66:10 Rejoice you with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you that love …

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted …

(7) This thy stature.--Comp. Ecclesiasticus 24:14. Not only was the tall and graceful palm a common figure for female beauty, but its name, tamar, was common as a woman's name (Genesis 38:6; 2Samuel 13:1, &c).

Clusters of grapes.--The italics were probably added by the English Version to bring the verse into agreement with "clusters of the vine" in the next verse; but no doubt the rich clusters of dates are at the moment in the poet's thought.

This thy stature is like to a palm tree,.... Made up of the above parts commended, and others had in view, as appears from the relative "this". The word for "stature" properly signifies height, tallness, and erectness; and which were reckoned agreeable in women, as well as men; See Gill on 1 Samuel 9:2; hence methods are often made use of to make them look taller, as by their head dresses, their shoes, and by stretching out their necks, Isaiah 3:16; and the simile of a tree is not an improper one: and so Galatea is, for height and tallness, compared to an alder and to a plane tree (h); and Helena, to a cypress tree in a garden (i), on the same account; and here the church to a palm tree: the Egyptian palm tree is said to be the best (k); and if Solomon here has any reference to Pharaoh's daughter, his wife, he might think of that, which is described

"of body straight, high, round, and slender (l),''

and fitly expresses a good shape and stature. The church's stature is no other than the "stature of the fulness of Christ", Ephesians 4:13; which will be attained unto when all the elect are gathered in, and every member joined to the body, and all filled with the gifts and graces of the spirit designed for them, and are grown up to a just proportion in the body; and in such a state Christ seems to view his church, and so commends her by this simile: saints are oftentimes compared to palm trees in Scripture on other accounts; see Psalm 92:12;

and thy breasts to clusters of grapes; on a vine which might be planted by and run up upon a palm tree, as Aben Ezra suggests: though rather clusters of dates, the fruit of the palm tree, are designed, since this fruit, as Pliny (m) observes, grows in clusters; and to clusters of the vine the church's breasts are compared in Sol 7:8. And by these "breasts" may be meant either the ministers of the Gospel, who communicate the sincere milk of the word to souls; and may be compared to clusters for their numbers, when there is plenty of them, which is a great mercy to the church; and for their unity, likeness, and agreement in their work, in their ministrations, and in the doctrine they preach, though their gifts may be different; or else the two Testaments, full of the milk of the word; and comparable to "clusters" of grapes or dates, because of the many excellent doctrines and precious promises in them; which, when pressed by hearing, reading, meditation, and prayer, yield both delight and nourishment to the souls of men. Some think the two ordinances of the Gospel, baptism and the Lord's supper, are intended, which are breasts of consolation; and, when the presence of Christ, and the manifestations of his love, are enjoyed in them, they afford much pleasure and satisfaction; and as those breasts are full in themselves, they are beautiful in the eye of Christ, and as such commended; See Gill on Sol 4:5.

(h) Ovid. Metamorph. l. 13. Fab. 8. (i) Theocrit. Idyll. 18. v. 30. (k) A. Gellii Nect. Attic. l. 7. c. 16. Vid. Strabo. Geograph. l. 17. p. 563. (l) Sandys's Travels, l. 2. p. 79. (m) Nat. Hist. l. 13. c. 4. 7. palm tree—(Ps 92:12). The sure sign of water near (Ex 15:27; Joh 7:38).

clusters—not of dates, as Moody Stuart thinks. The parallelism (So 7:8), "clusters of the vine," shows it is here clusters of grapes. Vines were often trained (termed "wedded") on other trees.7:1-9 The similitudes here are different from what they were before, and in the original refer to glorious and splendid clothing. Such honour have all his saints; and having put on Christ, they are distinguished by their beautiful and glorious apparel. They adorn the doctrine of God their Saviour in all things. Consistent believers honour Christ, recommend the gospel, and convince and awaken sinners. The church resembles the stately and spreading palm; while her love for Christ, and the obedience resulting therefrom, are precious fruit of the true Vine. The King is held in the galleries. Christ takes delight in the assemblies and ordinances of his people; and admires the fruit of his grace in them. When applied to the church and to each faithful Christian, all this denotes that beauty of holiness, in which they shall be presented to their heavenly Bridegroom.
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