Song of Solomon 2:14
New International Version
My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.

New Living Translation
My dove is hiding behind the rocks, behind an outcrop on the cliff. Let me see your face; let me hear your voice. For your voice is pleasant, and your face is lovely. Young Women of Jerusalem

English Standard Version
O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the crannies of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.

Berean Study Bible
O my dove in the clefts of the rock, in the crevices of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your countenance is lovely.

King James Bible
O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.

New King James Version
“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret places of the cliff, Let me see your face, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your face is lovely.”

New American Standard Bible
“My dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the hiding place of the mountain pathway, Let me see how you look, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is pleasant, And you look delightful.”

NASB 1995
“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret place of the steep pathway, Let me see your form, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your form is lovely.”

NASB 1977
“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret place of the steep pathway, Let me see your form, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your form is lovely.”

Amplified Bible
“O my dove, [here] in the clefts in the rock, In the sheltered and secret place of the steep pathway, Let me see your face, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your face is lovely.”

Christian Standard Bible
My dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the crevices of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. Woman

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the crevices of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. (W)

American Standard Version
O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, In the covert of the steep place, Let me see thy countenance, Let me hear thy voice; For sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My dove in the clefts of the rock, in secret places of a hedge, show me your beauty, your appearance, and make me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet and your appearance is beautiful!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou art my dove, in the shelter of the rock, near the wall: shew me thy face, and cause me to hear thy voice; for thy voice is sweet, and thy countenance is beautiful.

Contemporary English Version
You are my dove hiding among the rocks on the side of a cliff. Let me see how lovely you are! Let me hear the sound of your melodious voice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hollow places of the wall, shew me thy face, let thy voice sound in my ears: for thy voice is sweet, and thy face comely.

English Revised Version
O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the covert of the steep place, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice: for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.

Good News Translation
You are like a dove that hides in the crevice of a rock. Let me see your lovely face and hear your enchanting voice.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My dove, in the hiding places of the rocky crevices, in the secret places of the cliffs, let me see your figure and hear your voice. Your voice is sweet, and your figure is lovely."

International Standard Version
My dove, in the hidden places of the rocks, in the secret places of the cliffs, show me your form, and let me hear your voice. For your voice is pleasant, and your shape is lovely.

JPS Tanakh 1917
O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the covert of the cliff, Let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; For sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.'

Literal Standard Version
My dove, in clefts of the rock, In a secret place of the ascent, Cause me to see your appearance, Cause me to hear your voice, For your voice [is] sweet, and your appearance lovely.”

NET Bible
O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places of the mountain crags, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.

New Heart English Bible
My dove in the clefts of the rock, In the hiding places of the mountainside, Let me see your face. Let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.

World English Bible
My dove in the clefts of the rock, In the hiding places of the mountainside, Let me see your face. Let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.

Young's Literal Translation
My dove, in clefts of the rock, In a secret place of the ascent, Cause me to see thine appearance, Cause me to hear thy voice, For thy voice is sweet, and thy appearance comely.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Bride's Admiration
13The fig tree ripens its figs; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come away, my darling; come away with me, my beautiful one.” 14O my dove in the clefts of the rock, in the crevices of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your countenance is lovely. 15Catch for us the foxes—the little foxes that ruin the vineyards—for our vineyards are in bloom.…

Cross References
Psalm 74:19
Do not deliver the soul of Your dove to beasts; do not forget the lives of Your afflicted forever.

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

Song of Solomon 5:2
I sleep, but my heart is awake. A sound! My beloved is knocking: "Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night."

Song of Solomon 6:9
but my dove, my perfect one, is unique, the favorite of the mother who bore her. The maidens see her and call her blessed; the queens and concubines sing her praises.

Song of Solomon 8:13
You who dwell in the gardens, my companions are listening for your voice. Let me hear it!

Jeremiah 48:28
Abandon the towns and settle among the rocks, O dwellers of Moab! Be like a dove that nests at the mouth of a cave.


Treasury of Scripture

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; for sweet is your voice, and your countenance is comely.

my dove

Song of Solomon 5:2
I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.

Song of Solomon 6:9
My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.

Psalm 68:13
Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.

that art

Exodus 3:6
Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

Exodus 4:11-13
And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? …

Ezra 9:5,6
And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God, …

let me

Song of Solomon 8:13
Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.

Psalm 50:14,15
Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: …

Proverbs 15:8
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

for sweet

Psalm 22:3
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

Psalm 50:23
Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

Isaiah 51:3
For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.









(14) O my dove . . . in the clefts of the rock.--The rock pigeon (Columba livia), the origin of the domestic races, invariably selects the lofty cliffs and deep ravines (comp. Jeremiah 48:28; Ezekiel 7:16) for its roosting places, and avoids the neighbourhood of men. The modesty and shyness of his beloved are thus prettily indicated by the poet. For the expression "clefts of the rock," see Note, Obadiah 1:3.

The stairs--i.e., steep places (comp. Ezekiel 38:20, margin), from root = to go up.

Verse 14. - O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the covert of the steep places, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely. The wood pigeon builds in clefts of rocks and in steep rocky places (see Jeremiah 48:28; and cf. Psalm 74:19; Psalm 56:1; Hosea 7:11). The bridegroom is still addressing his beloved one, who has not yet come forth from the house in the rocks, though she has shown herself at the window. The language is highly poetical, and may be compared with similar words in Homer and Virgil (cf. 'Iliad.' 21:493; 'Aeneid.' 5:213, etc.). The Lord loveth the sight of his people. He delightcth in their songs and in their prayers. He is in the midst of their assemblies. Secret religion is not the highest religion. The highest emotions of the soul do not decrease in their power as they are expressed. They become more and more a ruling principle of life. There are many who need this encouragement to come forth out of secrecy, out of solitude, out of their own private home and individual thoughts, and realize the blessing of fellowship with the Lord and with his people.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
O my dove
יוֹנָתִ֞י (yō·w·nā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 3123: A dove

in the clefts
בְּחַגְוֵ֣י (bə·ḥaḡ·wê)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 2288: Places of concealment, retreats

of the rock,
הַסֶּ֗לַע (has·se·la‘)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5553: A craggy rock

in the crevices
בְּסֵ֙תֶר֙ (bə·sê·ṯer)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5643: A covering, hiding place, secrecy

of the cliff,
הַמַּדְרֵגָ֔ה (ham·maḏ·rê·ḡāh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4095: A step, a steep, inaccessible place

let me see
הַרְאִ֙ינִי֙ (har·’î·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - feminine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 7200: To see

your face,
מַרְאַ֔יִךְ‪‬‪‬ (mar·’a·yiḵ)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 4758: Sight, appearance, vision

let me hear
הַשְׁמִיעִ֖ינִי (haš·mî·‘î·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - feminine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

your voice;
קוֹלֵ֑ךְ (qō·w·lêḵ)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

for
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

your voice
קוֹלֵ֥ךְ (qō·w·lêḵ)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

is sweet,
עָרֵ֖ב (‘ā·rêḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6156: Sweet, pleasant

and your countenance
וּמַרְאֵ֥יךְ (ū·mar·’êḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 4758: Sight, appearance, vision

is lovely.
נָאוֶֽה׃ (nā·weh)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 5000: Suitable, beautiful


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