New Living Translation
You are my private garden, my treasure, my bride, a secluded spring, a hidden fountain.
King James Bible
A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
Darby Bible Translation
A garden enclosed 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.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:12 A garden - For order and beauty, for pleasant walks, and flowers, and fruits. Inclosed - Defended by the care of my providence: and reserved for my proper use. Shut up - To preserve it from all pollution, and to reserve it for the use of its owner, for which reason, springs were shut up in those countries where water was scarce and precious.
It was the custom there to wait for all the flocks to arrive before removing the stone and watering the animals. Afterward the stone would be placed back over the mouth of the well.
Drink water from your own well--share your love only with your wife.
Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone?
Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.
Song of Solomon 4:9
You have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride. You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes, with a single jewel of your necklace.
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