Song of Solomon 2:5
New International Version
Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love.

New Living Translation
Strengthen me with raisin cakes, refresh me with apples, for I am weak with love.

English Standard Version
Sustain me with raisins; refresh me with apples, for I am sick with love.

Berean Study Bible
Sustain me with raisins; refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love.

New American Standard Bible
"Sustain me with raisin cakes, Refresh me with apples, Because I am lovesick.

King James Bible
Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.

Christian Standard Bible
Sustain me with raisins; refresh me with apricots, for I am lovesick.

Contemporary English Version
Refresh and strengthen me with raisins and apples. I am hungry for love!

Good News Translation
Restore my strength with raisins and refresh me with apples! I am weak from passion.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Sustain me with raisins; refresh me with apricots, for I am lovesick.

International Standard Version
Sustain me with raisin cakes, refresh me with apples, for I'm weak with love.

NET Bible
Sustain me with raisin cakes, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love. The Double Refrain: Embracing and Adjuration

New Heart English Bible
Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples; For I am faint with love.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Strengthen me with raisins and refresh me with apples because I am weak from love.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Stay ye me with dainties, refresh me with apples; For I am love-sick.'

New American Standard 1977
“Sustain me with raisin cakes, Refresh me with apples, Because I am lovesick.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Sustain me with flagons of wine, strengthen me with apples; for I am sick with love.

King James 2000 Bible
Sustain me with cakes of raisins, refresh me with apples: for I am sick with love.

American King James Version
Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.

American Standard Version
Stay ye me with raisins, refresh me with apples; For I am sick from love.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Strengthen me with perfumes, stay me with apples: for I am wounded with love.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Stay me up with flowers, compass me about with apples: because I languish with love.

Darby Bible Translation
Sustain ye me with raisin-cakes, Refresh me with apples; For I am sick of love.

English Revised Version
Stay ye me with raisins, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.

Webster's Bible Translation
Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick with love.

World English Bible
Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples; For I am faint with love.

Young's Literal Translation
Sustain me with grape-cakes, Support me with citrons, for I am sick with love.
Study Bible
The Bride's Admiration
4He has brought me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love. 5Sustain me with raisins; refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love. 6His left hand is under my head, and his right arm embraces me.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 6:19
Then he distributed to all the multitude of Israel, both men and women, a loaf of bread, a date cake, and a raisin cake. And all the people departed, each for his own home.

1 Chronicles 16:3
Then he distributed to each and every Israelite, both men and women, a loaf of bread, a date cake, and a raisin cake.

Song of Solomon 5:8
O daughters of Jerusalem, I adjure you, if you find my beloved, tell him I am sick with love.

Song of Solomon 7:8
I said, "I will climb the palm tree; I will take hold of its fruit." May your breasts be like clusters of the vine, the fragrance of your breath like apples,

Hosea 3:1
Then the LORD said to me, "Go show love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and offer cakes of raisin."

Treasury of Scripture

Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.

stay

Psalm 4:6,7
There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us…

Psalm 42:1,2
To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God…

Psalm 63:1,3-8
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; …

flagons

2 Samuel 6:19
And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house.

Hosea 3:1
Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.

comfort me

Song of Solomon 5:8
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.

2 Samuel 13:1,2
And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her…

Psalm 119:130,131
The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple…







Lexicon
Sustain me
סַמְּכ֙וּנִי֙ (sam·mə·ḵū·nî)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine plural | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5564: To prop, to lean upon, take hold of

with raisins;
בָּֽאֲשִׁישׁ֔וֹת (bā·’ă·šî·šō·wṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 809: Something closely pressed together, a cake of raisins, other comfits

refresh me
רַפְּד֖וּנִי (rap·pə·ḏū·nî)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine plural | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7502: To spread, to refresh

with apples,
בַּתַּפּוּחִ֑ים (bat·tap·pū·ḥîm)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8598: An apple, the fruit, the tree

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

I
אָֽנִי׃ (’ā·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

am faint
חוֹלַ֥ת (ḥō·w·laṯ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2470: To be weak or sick

with love.
אַהֲבָ֖ה (’a·hă·ḇāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 160: Love (noun)
(5) Flagons.--Heb., ashishoth, apparently a dried cake, but of what substance is uncertain. From the margin of Hosea 3:1, possibly "grape cakes." In 2Samuel 6:19 it occurs as one of the gifts distributed by David at the removal of the ark, and is rendered by the LXX., a cake from the frying-pan. Here the LXX. have sweet unguents, and the Vulg. flowers. The Authorised Version, flagons, follows a Rabbinical interpretation.

Comfort.--The margin, straw me with apples, follows the LXX.; the Hebrew word occurs in Job 17:3; Authorised Version, "make my bed"--Job 41:30 (Heb. 22). Authorised Version, "spreadeth." Hence some translate here, "make me a bed of apple-leaves;" but the parallelism is against this, and the root idea in both the words translated "comfort" and "stay" is putting a prop or support under. Metaphorically = refresh or sustain.

Verse 5. - Stay me with raisins, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love. Again the intensive form of the verb is chosen. She is almost sinking; she cries out for comfort. The food for which she longs is the grape cakes - the grapes sufficiently dried to be pressed together as cakes, which is very refreshing and reviving; not raisins as we know them, but with more of the juice of the grape in them. So date cakes are now offered to travellers in the East. "Refresh me; for I am in a state of deep agitation because of the intensity of my love." Ginsburg thinks the cakes are baked by the fire, the word being derived from a root "to burn." The translation, "flagons of wine," in the Authorized Version, follows the rabbinical exposition, but it is quite unsupported by the critics. Love sickness is common in Eastern countries, more so than with us in the colder hemisphere. Perhaps the appeal of the bride is meant to be general, not immediately directed to the king, as if a kind of exclamation, and it may be connected with the previous idea of the banner. The country maiden is dazzled with the splendour and majesty of the king. She gives up, as it were, in willing resignation of herself, the rivalry with one so great and glorious in the expression of love and praise; she sinks back with delight and ecstasy, calling upon any around to support her, and Solomon himself answers the appeal, and puts his loving arm around her and holds up her head, and gives her the sweetest and tenderest embraces, which renew her strength. We know that in the spiritual life there are such experiences. The intensity of religious feeling is closely connected with physical exhaustion, and when the soul cries for help and longs for comfort, the presence of the Saviour is revealed; the weakness is changed into strength. The apostolic seer in the Apocalypse describes himself as overcome with the glory of the Saviour's appearance, and being brought back to himself by his voice (Revelation 1:17). 2:1-7 Believers are beautiful, as clothed in the righteousness of Christ; and fragrant, as adorned with the graces of his Spirit; and they thrive under the refreshing beams of the Sun of righteousness. The lily is a very noble plant in the East; it grows to a considerable height, but has a weak stem. The church is weak in herself, yet is strong in Him that supports her. The wicked, the daughters of this world, who have no love to Christ, are as thorns, worthless and useless, noxious and hurtful. Corruptions are thorns in the flesh; but the lily now among thorns, shall be transplanted into that paradise where there is no brier or thorn. The world is a barren tree to the soul; but Christ is a fruitful one. And when poor souls are parched with convictions of sin, with the terrors of the law, or the troubles of this world, weary and heavy laden, they may find rest in Christ. It is not enough to pass by this shadow, but we must sit down under it. Believers have tasted that the Lord Jesus is gracious; his fruits are all the precious privileges of the new covenant, purchased by his blood, and communicated by his Spirit; promises are sweet to a believer, and precepts also. Pardons are sweet, and peace of conscience sweet. If our mouths are out of taste for the pleasures of sin, Divine consolations will be sweet to us. Christ brings the soul to seek and to find comforts through his ordinances, which are as a banqueting-house where his saints feast with him. The love of Christ, manifested by his death, and by his word, is the banner he displays, and believers resort to it. How much better is it with the soul when sick from love to Christ, than when surfeited with the love of this world! And though Christ seemed to have withdrawn, yet he was even then a very present help. All his saints are in his hand, which tenderly holds their aching heads. Finding Christ thus nigh to her, the soul is in great care that her communion with him is not interrupted. We easily grieve the Spirit by wrong tempers. Let those who have comfort, fear sinning it away.
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