Song of Solomon 8:3
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New International Version
His left arm is under my head and his right arm embraces me.

New Living Translation
Your left arm would be under my head, and your right arm would embrace me.

English Standard Version
His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me!

New American Standard Bible
"Let his left hand be under my head And his right hand embrace me."

King James Bible
His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His left hand is under my head, and his right arm embraces me.

International Standard Version
Let his left hand be under my head, and let his right hand embrace me.

NET Bible
His left hand caresses my head, and his right hand stimulates me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
His left hand is under my head. His right hand caresses me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.

King James 2000 Bible
His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me.

American King James Version
His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.

American Standard Version
His left hand'should be under my head, And his right hand should embrace me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His left hand under my head, and his right hand shall embrace me.

Darby Bible Translation
His left hand would be under my head, And his right hand embrace me.

English Revised Version
His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.

Webster's Bible Translation
His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.

World English Bible
His left hand would be under my head. His right hand would embrace me.

Young's Literal Translation
His left hand is under my head, And his right doth embrace me.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:1-4 The church wishes for the constant intimacy and freedom with the Lord Jesus that a sister has with a brother. That they might be as his brethren, which they are, when by grace they are made partakers of a Divine nature. Christ is become as our Brother; wherever we find him, let us be ready to own our relation to him, and affection for him, and not fear being despised for it. Is there in us an ardent wish to serve Christ more and better? What then have we laid up in store, to show our affection to the Beloved of our souls? What fruit unto holiness? The church charges all her children that they never provoke Christ to withdraw. We should reason with ourselves, when tempted to do what would grieve the Spirit.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me. That is, when she should have the presence of Christ in her mother's house. Or the words are a petition that so it might be, "let his left hand", &c. (g); or a declaration of what she did enjoy, "his left hand is under my head", &c. (h); see Gill on Sol 2:6.

(g) Tigurine version, Marckius, some in Michaelis. (h) Mercerus, Piscator, Cocceius, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3, 4. The "left and right hand," &c., occurred only once actually (So 2:6), and here optatively. Only at His first manifestation did the Church palpably embrace Him; at His second coming there shall be again sensible communion with Him. The rest in So 8:4, which is a spiritual realization of the wish in So 8:3 (1Pe 1:8), and the charge not to disturb it, close the first, second, and fourth canticles; not the third, as the bridegroom there takes charge Himself; nor the fifth, as, if repose formed its close, we might mistake the present state for our rest. The broken, longing close, like that of the whole Bible (Re 22:20), reminds us we are to be waiting for a Saviour to come. On "daughters of Jerusalem," see on [683]So 7:10.

Canticle V.—(So 8:5-14)—From The Call of the Gentiles to the Close of Revelation.

Song of Solomon 8:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Longing for Her Beloved
2"I would lead you and bring you Into the house of my mother, who used to instruct me; I would give you spiced wine to drink from the juice of my pomegranates. 3"Let his left hand be under my head And his right hand embrace me." 4"I want you to swear, O daughters of Jerusalem, Do not arouse or awaken my love Until she pleases."
Cross References
Song of Solomon 8:2
I would lead you and bring you to my mother's house-- she who has taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink, the nectar of my pomegranates.

Song of Solomon 8:4
Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.
Treasury of Scripture

His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.

Songs 2:6 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand does embrace me.

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting …

Isaiah 62:4,5 You shall no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall your land any …

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength …

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