Song of Solomon 2:8
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English Standard Version
The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.

King James Bible
The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.

American Standard Version
The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh, Leaping upon the mountains, Skipping upon the hills.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The voice of my beloved, behold he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping over the hills.

English Revised Version
The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh, leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.

Webster's Bible Translation
The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.

Song of Solomon 2:8 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

2 As a lily among thorns,

   So is my love among the daughters.

By החוחים are not meant the thorns of the plant itself, for the lily has no thorns, and the thorns of the rose are, moreover, called kotsim, and not hhohhim;

(Note: An Aramaic proverb: "from thorns sprouts the rose" (i.e., bad fathers have often pious children), in Heb. is קוץ מוציא שׁושׁן; vid., Jalkut Samuel, 134.)

besides, ben (among) contradicts that idea, since the thorns are on the plant itself, and it is not among them - thus the hhohhim are not the thorns of the flower-stem, but the thorn-plants that are around. חוח designates the thorn-bush, e.g., in the allegorical answer of King Josiah to Amaziah, 2 Kings 14:9. Simplicity, innocence, gentleness, are the characteristics in which Shulamith surpasses all בּנות, i.e., all women (vid., Sol 6:9), as the lily of the valley surpasses the thorn-bushes around it. "Although thorns surround her, yet can he see her; he sees her quiet life, he finds her beautiful." But continuing this reciprocal rivalry in the praise of mutual love, she says:

Song of Solomon 2:8 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

voice

Songs 5:2 I sleep, but my heart wakes: it is the voice of my beloved that knocks, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love...

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

John 10:4,5,27 And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice...

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him...

leaping

2 Samuel 6:16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window...

Isaiah 35:6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out...

Jeremiah 48:27 For was not Israel a derision to you? was he found among thieves? for since you spoke of him, you skipped for joy.

Luke 6:23 Rejoice you in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven...

Acts 3:8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

Acts 14:10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on your feet. And he leaped and walked.

the mountains

Isaiah 40:3,4 The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God...

Isaiah 44:23 Sing, O you heavens; for the LORD has done it: shout, you lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, you mountains...

Isaiah 49:11-13 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted...

Isaiah 55:12,13 For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing...

Luke 3:4-6 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness...

Cross References
Song of Solomon 2:17
Until the day breathes and the shadows flee, turn, my beloved, be like a gazelle or a young stag on cleft mountains.

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.

Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns."

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