Song of Solomon 4:12
New International Version
You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain.

New Living Translation
You are my private garden, my treasure, my bride, a secluded spring, a hidden fountain.

English Standard Version
A garden locked is my sister, my bride, a spring locked, a fountain sealed.

Berean Study Bible
My sister, my bride, you are a garden locked up, a spring enclosed, a fountain sealed.

New American Standard Bible
"A garden locked is my sister, my bride, A rock garden locked, a spring sealed up.

King James Bible
A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

Christian Standard Bible
My sister, my bride, you are a locked garden--a locked garden and a sealed spring.

Contemporary English Version
My bride, my very own, you are a garden, a fountain closed off to all others.

Good News Translation
My sweetheart, my bride, is a secret garden, a walled garden, a private spring;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My sister, my bride, you are a locked garden-- a locked garden and a sealed spring.

International Standard Version
My sister, my bride, is a locked garden a locked rock garden, a sealed up spring.

NET Bible
You are a locked garden, my sister, my bride; you are an enclosed spring, a sealed-up fountain.

New Heart English Bible
A locked up garden is my sister, my bride; a locked up spring, a sealed fountain.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My bride, my sister is a garden that is locked, a garden that is locked, a spring that is sealed.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A garden shut up is my sister, my bride; A spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

New American Standard 1977
“A garden locked is my sister, my bride, A rock garden locked, a spring sealed up.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A closed garden is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

King James 2000 Bible
A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

American King James Version
A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

American Standard Version
A garden shut up is my sister, my bride; A spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
My sister, my spouse is a garden enclosed; a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My sister, my spouse, is a garden enclosed, a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed up.

Darby Bible Translation
A garden enclosed is my sister, [my] spouse; A spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

English Revised Version
A garden shut up is my sister, my bride; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

Webster's Bible Translation
A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

World English Bible
A locked up garden is my sister, my bride; a locked up spring, a sealed fountain.

Young's Literal Translation
A garden shut up is my sister-spouse, A spring shut up -- a fountain sealed.
Study Bible
Solomon Admires His Bride
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. 12My sister, my bride, you are a garden locked up, a spring enclosed, a fountain sealed. 13Your branches are an orchard of pomegranates with the choicest of fruits, with henna and nard,…
Cross References
Genesis 29:3
When all the flocks had been gathered there, the shepherds would roll away the stone from the mouth of the well and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.

Proverbs 5:15
Drink water from your own cistern, and running water out of your own well.

Proverbs 5:16
Why should your springs flow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?

Proverbs 5:18
May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth:

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.

Treasury of Scripture

A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

garden

Song of Solomon 6:2,11
My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies…

Proverbs 5:15-18
Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well…

Isaiah 58:11
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

inclosed

2 Corinthians 1:22
Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

Ephesians 1:13
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Ephesians 4:30
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.







Lexicon
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

[you are] a garden
גַּ֥ן ׀ (gan)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1588: An enclosure, garden

locked up,
נָע֖וּל (nā·‘ūl)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5274: To fasten up, with a, bar, cord, to sandal, furnish with slippers

a spring
גַּ֥ל (gal)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1530: Something rolled, a heap of stone, dung, a spring of water

enclosed,
נָע֖וּל (nā·‘ūl)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5274: To fasten up, with a, bar, cord, to sandal, furnish with slippers

a fountain
מַעְיָ֥ן (ma‘·yān)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4599: A fountain, a source

sealed.
חָתֽוּם׃ (ḥā·ṯūm)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2856: To seal, affix a seal, seal up
(12) A garden inclosed.--Comp. with this passage Song of Solomon 4:12-15; Proverbs 5:15; Proverbs 5:21. The closed or walled garden and the sealed fountain appear to have been established metaphors for the pure and chaste wife. For the latter, at least, there is not only the above passage in Proverbs, but a prayer still in use in Jewish marriages: "Suffer not a stranger to enter into the sealed fountain," &c

Verse 12. - A garden shut up is my sister, my bride; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. We must bear in mind that these words are supposed to be spoken on the journey in the marriage procession. The bride is not yet brought to the royal palace. She is still travelling in the royal palanquin. The idea of a paradise or garden is carried from the beginning of Scripture to the end, the symbol of perfect blessedness. The figure of the closed or shut-up garden represents the bridegroom's delight in the sense of absolute and sole possession - for himself and no other. The language is very natural at such a time, when the bride is being taken from her home. We may compare with the figures here employed those in Proverbs 5:15-20. 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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