Song of Solomon 5:14
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New International Version
His arms are rods of gold set with topaz. His body is like polished ivory decorated with lapis lazuli.

King James Bible
His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.

Darby Bible Translation
His hands gold rings, set with the chrysolite; His belly is bright ivory, overlaid [with] sapphires;

World English Bible
His hands are like rings of gold set with beryl. His body is like ivory work overlaid with sapphires.

Young's Literal Translation
His hands rings of gold, set with beryl, His heart bright ivory, covered with sapphires,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

His hands - gold rings set with the beryl - This really seems to refer to gold rings set with precious stones on the fingers, and perhaps to circlets or bracelets about the wrists. Some suppose it to refer to the roundness and exquisite symmetry of the hand and fingers. תרשיש tarshish, which we translate beryl, a gem of a sea-green tint, had better be translated chrysolite, which is of a gold color.

His belly - bright ivory overlaid with sapphires - This must refer to some garment set with precious stones which went round his waist, and was peculiarly remarkable. If we take it literally, the sense is plain enough. His belly was beautifully white, and the blue veins appearing under the skin resembled the sapphire stone. But one can hardly think that this was intended.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Exodus 15:6 Your right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: your right hand, O LORD, has dashed in pieces the enemy.

Psalm 44:4-7 You are my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob...

Psalm 99:4 The king's strength also loves judgment; you do establish equity, you execute judgment and righteousness in Jacob.

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it...

Isaiah 52:13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

his belly

Songs 7:2 Your navel is like a round goblet, which wants not liquor: your belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.

Exodus 24:10 And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone...

Isaiah 54:11 O you afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay your stones with fair colors...

Ezekiel 1:26-28 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone...

Song of Songs
The contents of this book justify the description of it in the title, i. 1, as the "loveliest song"--for that is the meaning of the Hebrew idiom "song of songs." It abounds in poetical gems of the purest ray. It breathes the bracing air of the hill country, and the passionate love of man for woman and woman for man. It is a revelation of the keen Hebrew delight in nature, in her vineyards and pastures, flowers and fruit trees, in her doves and deer and sheep and goats. It is a song tremulous from
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Exodus 24:10
and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky.

Exodus 28:18
the second row shall be turquoise, lapis lazuli and emerald;

Exodus 28:20
the fourth row shall be topaz, onyx and jasper. Mount them in gold filigree settings.

Exodus 39:13
the fourth row was topaz, onyx and jasper. They were mounted in gold filigree settings.

Job 28:16
It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir, with precious onyx or lapis lazuli.

Isaiah 54:11
"Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with lapis lazuli.

Ezekiel 1:16
This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel.

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