Song of Solomon 6:4
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New International Version
You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my darling, as lovely as Jerusalem, as majestic as troops with banners.

King James Bible
Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou art fair, my love, as Tirzah, Comely as Jerusalem, Terrible as troops with banners:

World English Bible
You are beautiful, my love, as Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners.

Young's Literal Translation
Fair art thou, my friend, as Tirzah, Comely as Jerusalem, Awe-inspiring as bannered hosts.

Song of Solomon 6:4 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Beautiful - as Tirzah - This is supposed to be the address of Solomon to the bride. Tirzah was a city in the tribe of Ephraim, (Joshua 12:24), and the capital of that district. It appears to have been beautiful in itself, and beautifully situated, for Jeroboam made it his residence before Samaria was built; and it seems to have been the ordinary residence of the kings of Israel, 1 Kings 14:17; 1 Kings 15:21. Its same signifies beautiful or delightful.

Comely as Jerusalem - This was called the perfection of beauty, Psalm 48:2, Psalm 48:3; Psalm 50:2. And thus the poet compares the bride's beauty to the two finest places in the land of Palestine, and the capitals of the two kingdoms of Israel and Judah.

Terrible as an army with banners - This has been supposed to carry an allusion to the caravans in the East, and the manner in which they are conducted in their travels by night. The caravans are divided into companies, called cottors, according to Thevenet; and each company is distinguished by the form of the brazier in which they carry their lights. After night, these braziers are placed on the ends of long poles, and carried by a person who walks at the head of the company. Some have ten or twelve lights, and are of different forms; some triangular, or like an N; some like an M, by which each pilgrim readily knows his own company, both by night and day. A whole caravan, composed of many thousands of hadgees or pilgrims, divided into various cottors or companies, each having its own distinguishing brazier or light, must necessarily produce a very splendid, if not a terrible, appearance.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

beautiful

Songs 6:10 Who is she that looks forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?

Songs 2:14 O my dove, that are in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see your countenance, let me hear your 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...

Ezekiel 16:13,14 Thus were you decked with gold and silver; and your raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; you did eat fine flour...

Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing...

as tirzah

1 Kings 14:17 And Jeroboam's wife arose, and departed, and came to Tirzah: and when she came to the threshold of the door, the child died;

1 Kings 15:21,33 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard thereof, that he left off building of Ramah, and dwelled in Tirzah...

comedy

Psalm 48:2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

Lamentations 2:15 All that pass by clap their hands at you; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying...

Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

terrible

Songs 6:10 Who is she that looks forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?

Numbers 24:5-9 How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, and your tabernacles, O Israel!...

Psalm 144:4-8 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passes away...

Zechariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces...

2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

Revelation 19:14-16 And the armies which were in heaven followed him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean...

Library
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
1 Kings 14:17
Then Jeroboam's wife got up and left and went to Tirzah. As soon as she stepped over the threshold of the house, the boy died.

Psalm 48:2
Beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth, like the heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King.

Psalm 50:2
From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.

Song of Solomon 1:5
Dark am I, yet lovely, daughters of Jerusalem, dark like the tents of Kedar, like the tent curtains of Solomon.

Song of Solomon 1:15
How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.

Song of Solomon 6:10
Who is this that appears like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, majestic as the stars in procession?

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