Song of Solomon 2:8
New International Version
Listen! My beloved! Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills.

New Living Translation
Ah, I hear my lover coming! He is leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.

English Standard Version
The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.

Berean Study Bible
Listen! My beloved approaches. Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills.

King James Bible
The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.

New King James Version
The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes Leaping upon the mountains, Skipping upon the hills.

New American Standard Bible
“Listen! My beloved! Behold, he is coming, Leaping on the mountains, Jumping on the hills!

NASB 1995
"Listen! My beloved! Behold, he is coming, Climbing on the mountains, Leaping on the hills!

NASB 1977
“Listen! My beloved! Behold, he is coming, Climbing on the mountains, Leaping on the hills!

Amplified Bible
“Listen! My beloved! Behold, he comes, Climbing on the mountains, Leaping and running on the hills!

Christian Standard Bible
Listen! My love is approaching. Look! Here he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen! My love is approaching. Look! Here he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.

American Standard Version
The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh, Leaping upon the mountains, Skipping upon the hills.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The voice of my love: behold he comes skipping on the mountains, leaping on the hills

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The voice of my kinsman! behold, he comes leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.

Contemporary English Version
I hear the voice of the one I love, as he comes leaping over mountains and hills

Douay-Rheims Bible
The voice of my beloved, behold he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping over the hills.

English Revised Version
The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh, leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.

Good News Translation
I hear my lover's voice. He comes running over the mountains, racing across the hills to me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I hear my beloved's voice. Look! Here he comes, sprinting over the mountains, racing over the hills.

International Standard Version
The voice of my beloved! Look! He's coming, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hark! my beloved! behold, he cometh, Leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.

Literal Standard Version
The voice of my beloved! Behold, this—he is coming, "" Leaping on the mountains, skipping on the hills.

NET Bible
Listen! My lover is approaching! Look! Here he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills!

New Heart English Bible
The voice of my beloved. Look, he comes, leaping on the mountains, skipping on the hills.

World English Bible
The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping on the mountains, skipping on the hills.

Young's Literal Translation
The voice of my beloved! lo, this -- he is coming, Leaping on the mountains, skipping on the hills.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Bride's Admiration
7O daughters of Jerusalem, I adjure you by the gazelles and does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until the time is right. 8Listen! My beloved approaches. Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills. 9My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look, he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice.…

Cross References
Song of Solomon 2:17
Before the day breaks and shadows flee, turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of Bether.

Song of Solomon 4:16
Awake, O north wind, and come, O south wind. Breathe on my garden and spread the fragrance of its spices. Let my beloved come into his garden and taste its choicest fruits.

Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!"


Treasury of Scripture

The voice of my beloved! behold, he comes leaping on the mountains, skipping on the hills.

voice

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.

John 3:29
He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

John 10:4,5,27
And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice…

leaping

2 Samuel 6:16
And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.

Isaiah 35:6
Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

Jeremiah 48:27
For was not Israel a derision unto thee? was he found among thieves? for since thou spakest of him, thou skippedst for joy.

the mountains

Isaiah 40:3,4
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God…

Isaiah 44:23
Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.

Isaiah 49:11-13
And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted…









(8) The voice of my beloved.--So here there is no need of the clumsy device of supposing the heroine in a dream. This most exquisite morsel of the whole poem falls quite naturally into its place if we regard it as a sweet recollection of the poet's, put into the mouth of the object of his affections. "The voice" (Heb., kol), used to arrest attention = Hark! (Comp. Psalms 29) The quick sense of love discerns his approach a long way off. (Compare--

"Before he mounts the hill, I know

He cometh quickly."--Tennyson's Fatima.)

Verse 8-ch. 3:5. - Part II. SONG OF SHULAMITH IN THE EMBRACE OF SOLOMON. Recollections of the wooing time in the north. Verse 8. - The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh, leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. There can be little doubt as to the meaning of this song. The bride is going back in thought to the scenes of her home life, and the sweet days of first love. "The house stands alone among the rocks and deep in the mountain range; around are the vineyards which the family have planted, and the hill pastures on which they feed their flocks. She longingly looks out for her distant lover." The expression, "The voice of my beloved!" must not be taken to mean that she hears the sound of his feet or voice, but simply as an interjection, like "hark!" (see Genesis 4:10, where the voice of the blood crying merely means, "Hark how thy brother's blood cries;" that is, "Believe that it does so cry"). So here, "I seem to hear the voice of my beloved; hark, he is coming!" It is a great delight to the soul to go back in thought over the memories of its first experience of the Saviour's presence. The Church is edified by the records of grace in the histories of Divine dealings.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Listen!
ק֣וֹל (qō·wl)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

My beloved [approaches].
דּוֹדִ֔י (dō·w·ḏî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1730: To love, a love-token, lover, friend, an uncle

Look!
הִנֵּה־ (hin·nêh-)
Interjection
Strong's 2009: Lo! behold!

Here
זֶ֖ה (zeh)
Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's 2088: This, that

he comes,
בָּ֑א (bā)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

leaping
מְדַלֵּג֙ (mə·ḏal·lêḡ)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 1801: To spring

across
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the mountains,
הֶ֣הָרִ֔ים (he·hā·rîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 2022: Mountain, hill, hill country

bounding
מְקַפֵּ֖ץ (mə·qap·pêṣ)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7092: To draw together, close, to leap, to die

over
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the hills.
הַגְּבָעֽוֹת׃ (hag·gə·ḇā·‘ō·wṯ)
Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 1389: A hillock


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