Song of Solomon 3:8
New International Version
all of them wearing the sword, all experienced in battle, each with his sword at his side, prepared for the terrors of the night.

New Living Translation
They are all skilled swordsmen, experienced warriors. Each wears a sword on his thigh, ready to defend the king against an attack in the night.

English Standard Version
all of them wearing swords and expert in war, each with his sword at his thigh, against terror by night.

Berean Study Bible
All are skilled with the sword, experienced in warfare. Each has his sword at his side prepared for the terror of the night.

King James Bible
They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night.

New King James Version
They all hold swords, Being expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh Because of fear in the night.

New American Standard Bible
“All of them are wielders of the sword, Expert in war; Each man has his sword at his side, Guarding against the terrors of the night.

NASB 1995
“All of them are wielders of the sword, Expert in war; Each man has his sword at his side, Guarding against the terrors of the night.

NASB 1977
“All of them are wielders of the sword, Expert in war; Each man has his sword at his side, Guarding against the terrors of the night.

Amplified Bible
“All of them handle the sword, All expert in war; Each man has his sword at his thigh, Guarding against the terrors of the night.

Christian Standard Bible
All of them are skilled with swords and trained in warfare. Each has his sword at his side to guard against the terror of the night.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All of them are skilled with swords and trained in warfare. Each has his sword at his side to guard against the terror of the night.

American Standard Version
They all handle the sword, and are expert in war: Every man hath his sword upon his thigh, Because of fear in the night.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
All of them hold a sword and are teachers of war, each man’s sword on his thigh from fear of the night

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They all hold a sword, being expert in war: every man has his sword upon his thigh because of fear by night.

Contemporary English Version
Each of them wears a sword. They are experts at fighting, even in the dark.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All holding swords, and most expert in war : every man's sword upon his thigh, because of fears in the night.

English Revised Version
They all handle the sword, and are expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh, because of fear in the night.

Good News Translation
All of them are skillful with the sword; they are battle-hardened veterans. Each of them is armed with a sword, on guard against a night attack.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All of them are skilled in using swords, experienced in combat. Each one has his sword at his side and guards against the terrors of the night.

International Standard Version
All of them are wearing swords and are experienced in battle. Each has his sword on his thigh, ready for the terror of the night.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They all handle the sword, And are expert in war; Every man hath his sword upon his thigh, Because of dread in the night.

Literal Standard Version
All of them holding sword, taught of battle, Each his sword by his thigh, for fear at night.

NET Bible
All of them are skilled with a sword, well-trained in the art of warfare. Each has his sword at his side, to guard against the terrors of the night.

New Heart English Bible
They all handle the sword, and are expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh, because of fear in the night.

World English Bible
They all handle the sword, and are expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh, because of fear in the night.

Young's Literal Translation
All of them holding sword, taught of battle, Each his sword by his thigh, for fear at night.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Solomon Arrives on His Wedding Day
7Behold, it is Solomon’s carriage, escorted by sixty of the mightiest men of Israel. 8All are skilled with the sword, experienced in warfare. Each has his sword at his side prepared for the terror of the night. 9King Solomon has made his carriage out of the timber of Lebanon.…

Cross References
Psalm 45:3
Strap your sword at your side, O mighty warrior; appear in your majesty and splendor.

Psalm 91:5
You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

Song of Solomon 3:7
Behold, it is Solomon's carriage, escorted by sixty of the mightiest men of Israel.

Song of Solomon 3:9
King Solomon has made his carriage out of the timber of Lebanon.

Jeremiah 50:9
For behold, I stir up and bring against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the land of the north. They will line up against her; from the north she will be captured. Their arrows will be like skilled warriors who do not return empty-handed.


Treasury of Scripture

They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man has his sword on his thigh because of fear in the night.

all

Psalm 45:3
Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

Psalm 149:5-9
Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds…

Isaiah 27:3
I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.

because

Nehemiah 4:21,22
So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared…

1 Thessalonians 5:6-8
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober…









(8) Because of fear--i.e., because of the alarms common at night. For fear in the sense of object of fear, comp. Psalm 91:5; Proverbs 3:25.

Verse 8. - They all handle the sword, and are expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night. The guard of warriors round the litter secured the bride from any sudden alarm as she travelled through the wilderness, and so gave her quiet rest. The journey from Shunem to Jerusalem would be about fifty miles in a direct course, and it was therefore necessary to pass at least one, if not two, nights on the way; the course being through a wild and solitary region. The Church of God may be often called to pass through dangers and enemies, but he that loveth her will provide against her destruction - she shall have rest in the love cf. her Lord. He will surround her with his strength. "My peace I give unto thee" - provided by me, coming from myself, the fruit of my self-sacrificing love.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
All
כֻּלָּם֙ (kul·lām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

are skilled
אֲחֻ֣זֵי (’ă·ḥu·zê)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine plural construct
Strong's 270: To grasp, take hold, take possession

with the sword,
חֶ֔רֶב (ḥe·reḇ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2719: Drought, a cutting instrument, as a, knife, sword

experienced
מְלֻמְּדֵ֖י (mə·lum·mə·ḏê)
Verb - Pual - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's 3925: To exercise in, learn

in warfare.
מִלְחָמָ֑ה (mil·ḥā·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4421: A battle, war

Each
אִ֤ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

has his sword
חַרְבּוֹ֙ (ḥar·bōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2719: Drought, a cutting instrument, as a, knife, sword

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

his side
יְרֵכ֔וֹ (yə·rê·ḵōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 3409: Thigh,loin, flank, side

prepared for the terror
מִפַּ֖חַד (mip·pa·ḥaḏ)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6343: A, alarm

of night.
בַּלֵּילּֽוֹת׃‪‬‪‬ (bal·lê·lō·wṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3915: A twist, night, adversity


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