New International Version
Come away, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the spice-laden mountains.
New Living Translation
Come away, my love! Be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.
English Standard Version
Make haste, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.
New American Standard Bible
"Hurry, my beloved, And be like a gazelle or a young stag On the mountains of spices."
King James Bible
Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Hurry to me, my love, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.
International Standard Version
Come quickly, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.
Make haste, my beloved! Be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
Come away quickly, my beloved. Run like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.
JPS Tanakh 1917
Make haste, my beloved, And be thou like to a gazelle or to a young hart Upon the mountains of spices.
New American Standard 1977
“<,>Hurry, my beloved,
And be like a gazelle or a young stag
On the mountains of spices.”
Study BibleThe Bride
13"O you who sit in the gardens, My companions are listening for your voice-- Let me hear it!" 14"Hurry, my beloved, And be like a gazelle or a young stag On the mountains of spices."
Make hasteto bolt, i.e. figuratively, to flee suddenly -- chase (away); drive away, fain, flee (away), put to flight, make haste, reach, run away, shoot.
my belovedfrom an unused root meaning properly, to boil, i.e. (figuratively) to love; by implication, a love-token, lover, friend; specifically an uncle
and be thou liketo compare; by implication, to resemble, liken, consider -- compare, devise, (be) like(-n), mean, think, use similitudes.
to a roesplendor (as conspicuous); also a gazelle (as beautiful) -- beautiful(-ty), glorious (-ry), goodly, pleasant, roe(-buck).
or to a younga fawn (from the dusty color) -- young roe (hart).
harta stag or male deer -- hart.
upon the mountainsa mountain or range of hills (sometimes used figuratively) -- hill (country), mount(-ain), promotion.
of spicesfragrance; by implication, spicery; also the balsam plant -- smell, spice, sweet (odour).
CommentaryMatthew Henry Commentary
8:13,14 These verses close the conference between Christ and his church. He first addresses her as dwelling in the gardens, the assemblies and ordinances of his saints. He exhorts her to be constant and frequent in prayers, supplications, and praises, in which he delights. She replies, craving his speedy return to take her to be wholly with Him. The heavens, those high mountains of sweet spices, must contain Christ, till the times come, when every eye shall see him, in all the glory of the better world. True believers as they are looking for, so they are hastening to the coming of that day of the Lord. Let every Christian endeavour to perform the duties of his station, that men may see his good works, and glorify his heavenly Father. Continuing earnest in prayer for what we want, our thanksgivings will abound, and our joy will be full; our souls will be enriched, and our labours prospered. We shall be enabled to look forward to death and judgment without fear. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Cross ReferencesDeuteronomy 12:15
"However, you may slaughter and eat meat within any of your gates, whatever you desire, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you; the unclean and the clean may eat of it, as of the gazelle and the deer.
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 2:9
"My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he is standing behind our wall, He is looking through the windows, He is peering through the lattice.
Song of Solomon 4:6
"Until the cool of the day When the shadows flee away, I will go my way to the mountain of myrrh And to the hill of frankincense.
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