Song of Solomon 4:12
12“A garden locked is my sister, my bride,
         A rock garden locked, a spring sealed up.

13“Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates
         With choice fruits, henna with nard plants,

14Nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon,
         With all the trees of frankincense,
         Myrrh and aloes, along with all the finest spices.

15You are a garden spring,
         A well of fresh water,
         And streams flowing from Lebanon.”

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!”

NASB ©1995

Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
A garden shut up is my sister, my bride; A spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My sister, my spouse, is a garden enclosed, a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed up.

Darby Bible Translation
A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; A spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

English Revised Version
A garden shut up is my sister, my bride; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

Webster's Bible Translation
A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

World English Bible
A locked up garden is my sister, my bride; a locked up spring, a sealed fountain.

Young's Literal Translation
A garden shut up is my sister-spouse, A spring shut up -- a fountain sealed.
Song of Songs
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John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Christ is to be Loved
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John Flavel—Christ Altogether Lovely

The Description of Christ the Beloved. Ss 5:9-16.
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Isaac Watts—The Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts

What is Meant by "Altogether Lovely"
Let us consider this excellent expression, and particularly reflect on what is contained in it, and you shall find this expression "altogether lovely." First, It excludes all unloveliness and disagreeableness from Jesus Christ. As a theologian long ago said, "There is nothing in him which is not loveable." The excellencies of Jesus Christ are perfectly exclusive of all their opposites; there is nothing of a contrary property or quality found in him to contaminate or devaluate his excellency. And
John Flavel—Christ Altogether Lovely

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