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

New Living Translation
How beautiful you are, my darling, how beautiful! Your eyes are like doves.

English Standard Version
Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves.

Berean Study Bible
How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how very beautiful! Your eyes are like doves.

New American Standard Bible
"How beautiful you are, my darling, How beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves."

King James Bible
Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes.

Christian Standard Bible
How beautiful you are, my darling. How very beautiful! Your eyes are doves.

Contemporary English Version
My darling, you are lovely, so very lovely--your eyes are those of a dove.

Good News Translation
How beautiful you are, my love; how your eyes shine with love!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How beautiful you are, my darling. How very beautiful! Your eyes are doves. W

International Standard Version
Look at you! You are beautiful, my darling. Look at you! You are so beautiful. Your eyes are doves.

NET Bible
Oh, how beautiful you are, my beloved! Oh, how beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves!

New Heart English Bible
Look, you are beautiful, my love. Look, you are beautiful. Your eyes are doves.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Look at you! You are beautiful, my true love! Look at you! You are so beautiful! Your eyes are like doves!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; Thine eyes are as doves.

New American Standard 1977
“<,>How beautiful you are, my darling, How beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, you are fair, my love; behold, you are fair; you have doves' eyes.

American King James Version
Behold, you are fair, my love; behold, you are fair; you have doves' eyes.

American Standard Version
Behold, thou art fair, my love; Behold thou art fair; Thine eyes are as doves.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Behold, thou art fair, my companion; behold, thou art fair; thine eyes are doves.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold thou art fair, O my love, behold thou art fair, thy eyes are as those of doves.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, thou art fair, my love; Behold, thou art fair: thine eyes are doves.

English Revised Version
Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thine eyes are as doves.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes.

World English Bible
Behold, you are beautiful, my love. Behold, you are beautiful. Your eyes are doves. Beloved

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, thou art fair, my friend, Lo, thou art fair, thine eyes are doves!
Study Bible
The Bride Confesses Her Love
14My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms in the vineyards of En-gedi. 15How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how very beautiful! Your eyes are like doves. 16How handsome you are, my beloved! Oh, how delightful! The soft grass is our bed.…
Cross References
Song of Solomon 1:9
I compare you, my darling, to a mare among Pharaoh's chariots.

Song of Solomon 1:16
How handsome you are, my beloved! Oh, how delightful! The soft grass is our bed.

Song of Solomon 2:10
My beloved calls to me, "Arise, my darling. Come away with me, my beautiful one.

Song of Solomon 2:13
The fig tree ripens its figs; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come away, my darling; come with me, my beautiful one."

Song of Solomon 4:1
How beautiful you are, my darling! How very beautiful! Your eyes are like doves behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats streaming down Mount Gilead.

Song of Solomon 4:7
You are altogether beautiful, my darling; in you there is no flaw.

Song of Solomon 5:12
His eyes are like doves beside the streams of water, bathed in milk and mounted like jewels.

Song of Solomon 6:4
You are beautiful, my darling, as Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem, majestic as an army with banners.

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

Song of Solomon 7:6
How fair and how pleasant you are, O love, with your delights!

Treasury of Scripture

Behold, you are fair, my love; behold, you are fair; you have doves' eyes.

thou art fair

Song of Solomon 1:8
If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.

Song of Solomon 4:1,7,10
Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead…

Song of Solomon 5:12
His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.

my love

Malachi 2:14
Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

thou hast

Song of Solomon 4:1
Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.

Song of Solomon 5:12
His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.

2 Corinthians 11:2,3
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ…







Lexicon
How
הִנָּ֤ךְ (hin·nāḵ)
Interjection | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2005: Lo! behold!

beautiful [you are],
יָפָה֙ (yā·p̄āh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3303: Fair, beautiful

my darling!
רַעְיָתִ֔י (ra‘·yā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7474: A female associate

Oh, how very
הִנָּ֥ךְ (hin·nāḵ)
Interjection | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2005: Lo! behold!

beautiful!
יָפָ֖ה (yā·p̄āh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3303: Fair, beautiful

Your eyes
עֵינַ֥יִךְ (‘ê·na·yiḵ)
Noun - cdc | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain

are [like] doves.
יוֹנִֽים׃ (yō·w·nîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3123: A dove
(15) Behold, thou art fair.--The song is now transferred to a male speaker--the advocates for the dramatic theory cannot agree whether Solomon or the shepherd; and no wonder, since the poem gives no indication.

My love.--Marg., companion, LXX. ???????, in Heb. rayati, is used for the female, dodi being her usual term for her lover. Beyond this the terms of endearment used cannot safely be pressed for any theory.

Thou hast doves' eyes.--Literally, thine eyes are doves'. The same image is repeated (Song of Solomon 4:1), and adopted in return by the heroine (Song of Solomon 5:12). The point of the comparison is either quickness of glance or generally tenderness and grace. The dove, a favourite with all poets as an emblem of love, is especially dear to this bard. Out of about fifty mentions of the bird in Scripture, seven occur in the short compass of this book. For general account of the dove in Palestine, see Psalm 55:6, and for particular allusions Notes below to Song of Solomon 2:11-12; Song of Solomon 2:14. (Comp. Shakespeare's Coriolanus, v. 3:--

"Or those doves' eyes

That can make gods forsworn."

Tennyson's Maud:--

"Do I hear her sing as of old,

My bird with the shining head,

My own dove, with her tender eye?")

Verse 15. - Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thine eyes are as doves; literally, thine eyes are doves. The king receives the worship of his bride and delights in her. She is very sweet and fair to him. The dove is a natural symbol of love; hence it was attached by the classical nations to the garden of love, together with the myrtle, rose, and apple, all of which we find introduced in this Hebrew poem. Hence the Arabic name for a dove, Jemima, as we see in the Book of Job, was the name of a woman (cf. Columbina). The language of the king is that of ecstasy; hence the interjection and repetition. The enraptured monarch gazes into the eyes of his beloved bride, and sees there only purity, constancy, and affection. In Song of Solomon 7:4 the eyes are compared to fish ponds, no doubt for their clear, liquid depth and serenity. Some have thought that the allusion is to the very lovely eyes of the doves; but there is no need of the limitation. 1:9-17 The Bridegroom gives high praises of his spouse. In the sight of Christ believers are the excellent of the earth, fitted to be instruments for promoting his glory. The spiritual gifts and graces which Christ bestows on every true believer, are described by the ornaments then in use, ver. 10,11. The graces of the saints are many, but there is dependence upon each other. He who is the Author, will be the Finisher of the good work. The grace received from Christ's fulness, springs forth into lively exercises of faith, affection, and gratitude. Yet Christ, not his gifts, is most precious to them. The word translated camphire, signifies atonement or propitiation. Christ is dear to all believers, because he is the propitiation for their sins. No pretender must have his place in the soul. They resolved to lodge him in their hearts all the night; during the continuance of the troubles of life. Christ takes delight in the good work which his grace has wrought on the souls of believers. This should engage all who are made holy, to be very thankful for that grace which has made those fair, who by nature were deformed. The spouse (the believer) has a humble, modest eye, discovering simplicity and godly sincerity; eyes enlightened and guided by the Holy Spirit, that blessed Dove. The church expresses her value for Christ. Thou art the great Original, but I am but a faint and imperfect copy. Many are fair to look at, yet their temper renders them unpleasant: but Christ is fair, yet pleasant. The believer, ver. 16, speaks with praise of those holy ordinances in which true believers have fellowship with Christ. Whether the believer is in the courts of the Lord, or in retirement; whether following his daily labours, or confined on the bed of sickness, or even in a dungeon, a sense of the Divine presence will turn the place into a paradise. Thus the soul, daily having fellowship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, enjoys a lively hope of an incorruptible, undefiled, and unfading inheritance above.
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