Song of Solomon 4:10
New International Version
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume more than any spice!

New Living Translation
Your love delights me, my treasure, my bride. Your love is better than wine, your perfume more fragrant than spices.

English Standard Version
How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your oils than any spice!

Berean Study Bible
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride. Your love is much better than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than all spices.

New American Standard Bible
"How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, And the fragrance of your oils Than all kinds of spices!

King James Bible
How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!

Christian Standard Bible
How delightful your caresses are, my sister, my bride. Your caresses are much better than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any balsam.

Contemporary English Version
Your love is sweeter than wine; the smell of your perfume is more fragrant than spices.

Good News Translation
Your love delights me, my sweetheart and bride. Your love is better than wine; your perfume more fragrant than any spice.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How delightful your love is, my sister, my bride. Your love is much better than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any balsam.

International Standard Version
How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride. How much better is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than all kinds of spices.

NET Bible
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine; the fragrance of your perfume is better than any spice!

New Heart English Bible
How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride. How much better is your love than wine. The fragrance of your perfumes than all manner of spices.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How beautiful are your expressions of love, my bride, my sister! How much better are your expressions of love than wine and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
How fair is thy love, my sister, my bride! How much better is thy love than wine! And the smell of thine ointments than all manner of spices!

New American Standard 1977
“How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, And the fragrance of your oils Than all kinds of spices!

Jubilee Bible 2000
How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!

King James 2000 Bible
How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is your love than wine! and the fragrance of your perfume than all spices!

American King James Version
How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is your love than wine! and the smell of your ointments than all spices!

American Standard Version
How fair is thy love, my sister, my bride! How much better is thy love than wine! And the fragrance of thine oils than all manner of spices!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
How beautiful are thy breasts, my sister, my spouse! how much more beautiful are thy breasts than wine, and the smell of thy garments than all spices!

Douay-Rheims Bible
How beautiful are thy breasts, my sister, my spouse! thy breasts are more beautiful than wine, and the sweet smell of thy ointments above all aromatical spices.

Darby Bible Translation
How fair is thy love, my sister, [my] spouse! How much better is thy love than wine! And the fragrance of thine ointments than all spices!

English Revised Version
How fair is thy love, my sister, my bride! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all manner of spices!

Webster's Bible Translation
How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thy ointments than all spices!

World English Bible
How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine! The fragrance of your perfumes than all kinds of spices!

Young's Literal Translation
How wonderful have been thy loves, my sister-spouse, How much better have been thy loves than wine, And the fragrance of thy perfumes than all spices.
Study Bible
Solomon Admires His Bride
9You have captured my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your neck. 10How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride. Your love is much better than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than all spices. 11Your lips, my bride, drip sweetness like the honeycomb; honey and milk are under your tongue, and the fragrance of your garments is like the aroma of Lebanon.…
Cross References
Song of Solomon 1:2
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is more delightful than wine.

Song of Solomon 1:3
The fragrance of your perfume is pleasing; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens adore you.

Song of Solomon 1:4
Take me away with you--let us hurry! May the king bring me to his chambers. The Friends We will rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love above wine. It is only right that they adore you.

Song of Solomon 4:9
You have captured my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your neck.

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

Treasury of Scripture

How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is your love than wine! and the smell of your ointments than all spices!

love

Song of Solomon 1:2
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.

how much

Song of Solomon 1:2,4
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine…

the smell

Song of Solomon 1:3,12
Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee…

Song of Solomon 3:6
Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?

Song of Solomon 5:5
I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.







Lexicon
How
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

delightful
יָּפ֥וּ (yā·p̄ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3302: To be bright, beautiful

[is] your love,
דֹדַ֖יִךְ (ḏō·ḏa·yiḵ)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1730: To love, a love-token, lover, friend, an uncle

my sister,
אֲחֹתִ֣י (’ă·ḥō·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 269: Sister -- a sister

my bride.
כַלָּ֑ה (ḵal·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3618: Daughter-in-law, bride

Your love
דֹדַ֙יִךְ֙ (ḏō·ḏa·yiḵ)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1730: To love, a love-token, lover, friend, an uncle

is much
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

better
טֹּ֤בוּ (ṭō·ḇū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2895: To be pleasing or good

than wine,
מִיַּ֔יִן (mî·ya·yin)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3196: Wine, intoxication

and the fragrance
וְרֵ֥יחַ (wə·rê·aḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7381: To smell, perceive odor

of your perfume
שְׁמָנַ֖יִךְ (šə·mā·na·yiḵ)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8081: Grease, liquid, richness

than all
מִכָּל־ (mik·kāl)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

spices.
בְּשָׂמִֽים׃ (bə·śā·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1314: Fragrance, spicery, the balsam plant
Verses 10, 11. - How fair is thy love, my sister, my bride! How much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all manner of spices! Thy lips, O my bride, drop as the honeycomb; honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon. The expression of thy love, that is, the endearments, the embraces, are delightful. The allusion to the lips may be a mere amplification of the word "love," but it may also refer to speech, and we think of the nineteenth psalm and the description of the words and testimony of the Lord, "more to be desired than gold, and sweeter than honey and the droppings of the honeycomb" (cf. Genesis 27:27; Hosea 4:7; Psalm 45:9). The words of pure, inward joy flowing forth from the lips may be so described. So the Lord has said, in Isaiah 62:5, that he rejoiceth over his people as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride. 4:8-15 Observe the gracious call Christ gives to the church. It is, 1. A precept; so this is Christ's call to his church to come off from the world. These hills seem pleasant, but there are in them lions' dens; they are mountains of the leopards. 2. As a promise; many shall be brought as members of the church, from every point. The church shall be delivered from her persecutors in due time, though now she dwells among lions, Ps 57:4. Christ's heart is upon his church; his treasure is therein; and he delights in the affection she has for him; its working in the heart, and its works in the life. The odours wherewith the spouse is perfumed, are as the gifts and graces of the Spirit. Love and obedience to God are more pleasing to Christ than sacrifice or incense. Christ having put upon his spouse the white raiment of his own righteousness, and the righteousness of saints, and perfumed it with holy joy and comfort, he is well pleased with it. And Christ walks in his garden unseen. A hedge of protection is made around, which all the powers of darkness cannot break through. The souls of believers are as gardens enclosed, where is a well of living water, Joh 4:14; 7:38, the influences of the Holy Spirit. The world knows not these wells of salvation, nor can any opposer corrupt this fountain. Saints in the church, and graces in the saints, are fitly compared to fruits and spices. They are planted, and do not grow of themselves. They are precious; they are the blessings of this earth. They will be kept to good purpose when flowers are withered. Grace, when ended in glory, will last for ever. Christ is the source which makes these gardens fruitful; even a well of living waters.
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