Song of Solomon 2:3
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English Standard Version
As an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men. With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

King James Bible
As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

American Standard Version
As the apple-tree among the trees of the wood, So is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, And his fruit was sweet to my taste.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As the apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow, whom I desired: and his fruit was sweet to my palate.

English Revised Version
As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

Webster's Bible Translation
As the apple-tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

Song of Solomon 2:3 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

13 A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me,

     Which lieth between by breasts.

14 A bunch of cypress-flowers is my beloved to me,

     From the vine-gardens of Engedi.

Most interpreters, ignoring the lessons of botany, explain Sol 1:13 of a little bunch of myrrh; but whence could Shulamith obtain this? Myrrh, מר (מרר, to move oneself in a horizontal direction hither and thither, or gradually to advance; of a fluid, to flow over the plain),

(Note: Vid., Schlotmann in the Stud. u. Krit. (1867), p. 217.)

belongs, like the frankincense, to the amyrids, which are also exotics

(Note: They came from Arabia and India; the better Arabian was adulterated with Indian myrrh.)

in Palestine; and that which is aromatic in the Balsamodendron myrrha are the leaves and flowers, but the resin (Gummi myrrhae, or merely myrrha) cannot be tied in a bunch. Thus the myrrh here can be understood in no other way than as at Sol 5:5; in general צרור, according to Hitzig's correct remark, properly denotes not what one binds up together, but what one ties up - thus sacculus, a little bag. It is not supposed that she carried such a little bag with her (cf. Isaiah 3:20), or a box of frankincense (Luth. musk-apple); but she compares her beloved to a myrrh-repository, which day and night departs not from her bosom, and penetrates her inwardly with its heart-strengthening aroma. So constantly does she think of him, and so delightful is it for her to dare to think of him as her beloved.

The 14th verse presents the same thought. כּפר is the cypress-cluster or the cypress-flowers, κύπρος (according to Frst, from כפר equals עפר, to be whitish, from the colour of the yellow-white flowers), which botanists call Lawsonia, and in the East Alḥennā; its leaves yield the orange colour with which the Moslem women stain

(Note: Vid., the literature of this subject in Defrmery's notice of Dozy-Engelmann's work in the Revue Critique, III 2 (1868), p. 408.)

their hands and feet. אשׁכּל (from שׁכל, to interweave) denotes that which is woven, tresses, or a cluster or garland of their flowers. Here also we have not to suppose that Shulamith carried a bunch of flowers; in her imagination she places herself in the vine-gardens which Solomon had planted on the hill-terraces of Engedi lying on the west of the Dead Sea (Ecclesiastes 2:4), and chooses a cluster of flowers of the cypress growing in that tropical climate, and says that her beloved is to her internally what such a cluster of cypress-flowers would be to her externally. To be able to call him her beloved is her ornament; and to think of him refreshes her like the most fragrant flowers.

Song of Solomon 2:3 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the apple tree

Songs 8:5 Who is this that comes up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved? I raised you up under the apple tree...

Isaiah 4:2 In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious...

Ezekiel 17:23,24 In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar...

John 15:1-8 I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer...

my beloved

Songs 5:9,10,16 What is your beloved more than another beloved, O you fairest among women? what is your beloved more than another beloved...

Psalm 45:2 You are fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into your lips: therefore God has blessed you for ever.

Psalm 89:6 For who in the heaven can be compared to the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD?

John 1:14-18 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory...

John 3:29-31 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which stands and hears him...

Hebrews 1:1-6 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets...

Hebrews 3:1-6 Why, holy brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus...

Hebrews 7:23-26 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death...

Hebrews 12:2 Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame...

I sat

Judges 9:15,19,20 And the bramble said to the trees, If in truth you anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not...

Psalm 57:1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me: for my soul trusts in you: yes, in the shadow of your wings will I make my refuge...

Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Isaiah 4:6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge...

Isaiah 25:4 For you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat...

Isaiah 32:2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place...

1 John 1:3,4 That which we have seen and heard declare we to you, that you also may have fellowship with us...

his fruit

Songs 2:5 Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.

Genesis 3:22-24 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand...

Ezekiel 47:12 And by the river on the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade...

Revelation 22:1,2 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb...

taste

Cross References
Song of Solomon 1:16
Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, truly delightful. Our couch is green;

Song of Solomon 4:13
Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates with all choicest fruits, henna with nard,

Song of Solomon 4:16
Awake, O north wind, and come, O south wind! Blow upon my garden, let its spices flow. Let my beloved come to his garden, and eat its choicest fruits.

Song of Solomon 7:13
The mandrakes give forth fragrance, and beside our doors are all choice fruits, new as well as old, which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.

Song of Solomon 8:5
Who is that coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved? Under the apple tree I awakened you. There your mother was in labor with you; there she who bore you was in labor.

Song of Solomon 8:11
Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon; he let out the vineyard to keepers; each one was to bring for its fruit a thousand pieces of silver.

Song of Solomon 8:12
My vineyard, my very own, is before me; you, O Solomon, may have the thousand, and the keepers of the fruit two hundred.

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