Song of Solomon 4:2
New International Version
Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn, coming up from the washing. Each has its twin; not one of them is alone.

New Living Translation
Your teeth are as white as sheep, recently shorn and freshly washed. Your smile is flawless, each tooth matched with its twin.

English Standard Version
Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes that have come up from the washing, all of which bear twins, and not one among them has lost its young.

Berean Study Bible
Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn sheep coming up from the washing; each has its twin, and not one of them is lost.

King James Bible
Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them.

New King James Version
Your teeth are like a flock of shorn sheep Which have come up from the washing, Every one of which bears twins, And none is barren among them.

New American Standard Bible
“Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn sheep Which have come up from their watering place, All of which bear twins, And not one among them has lost her young.

NASB 1995
“Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn ewes Which have come up from their washing, All of which bear twins, And not one among them has lost her young.

NASB 1977
“Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn ewes Which have come up from their washing, All of which bear twins, And not one among them has lost her young.

Amplified Bible
“Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn ewes Which have come up from washing, All of which bear twins, And not one among them has lost her young.

Christian Standard Bible
Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn sheep coming up from washing, each one bearing twins, and none has lost its young.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn sheep coming up from washing, each one having a twin, and not one missing.

American Standard Version
Thy teeth are like a flock of ewes that are newly shorn, Which are come up from the washing, Whereof every one hath twins, And none is bereaved among them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Your teeth are like a flock that is shorn going up from their washing, all bearing twins and none is barren among them

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thy teeth are as flocks of shorn sheep, that have gone up from the washing; all of them bearing twins, and there is not a barren one among them.

Contemporary English Version
Your teeth are whiter than sheep freshly washed; they match perfectly, not one is missing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thy teeth as flocks of sheep, that are shorn which come up from the washing, all with twins, and there is none barren among them.

Good News Translation
Your teeth are as white as sheep that have just been shorn and washed. Not one of them is missing; they are all perfectly matched.

International Standard Version
Your teeth are like a flock of sheep about to be sheared, who are coming up from being washed. All of them are twins, not one has lost her young.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thy teeth are like a flock of ewes all shaped alike, Which are come up from the washing; Whereof all are paired, and none faileth among them.

Literal Standard Version
Your teeth as a row of the shorn ones that have come up from the washing, For all of them are forming twins, And a bereaved one is not among them.

New American Bible
Your teeth are like a flock of ewes to be shorn, that come up from the washing, All of them big with twins, none of them barren.

NET Bible
Your teeth are like a flock of newly-shorn sheep coming up from the washing place; each of them has a twin, and not one of them is missing.

New Revised Standard Version
Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes that have come up from the washing, all of which bear twins, and not one among them is bereaved.

New Heart English Bible
Your teeth are like a newly shorn flock, which have come up from the washing, where every one of them has twins. None is bereaved among them.

World English Bible
Your teeth are like a newly shorn flock, which have come up from the washing, where every one of them has twins. None is bereaved among them.

Young's Literal Translation
Thy teeth as a row of the shorn ones That have come up from the washing, For all of them are forming twins, And a bereaved one is not among them.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Solomon Admires His Bride
1How beautiful you are, my darling—how very beautiful! Your eyes are like doves behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats streaming down Mount Gilead. 2Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn sheep coming up from the washing; each has its twin, and not one of them is lost. 3Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon, and your mouth is lovely. Your brow behind your veil is like a slice of pomegranate.…

Cross References
Song of Solomon 4:1
How beautiful you are, my darling--how very beautiful! Your eyes are like doves behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats streaming down Mount Gilead.

Song of Solomon 4:3
Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon, and your mouth is lovely. Your brow behind your veil is like a slice of pomegranate.


Treasury of Scripture

Your teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them.

teeth

Song of Solomon 6:6
Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the washing, whereof every one beareth twins, and there is not one barren among them.

Jeremiah 15:16
Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

John 15:7
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

and none

Exodus 23:26
There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil.

Deuteronomy 7:13,14
And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee…











(2) Thy teeth . . . --i.e., white as newly washed sheep. The word translated shorn is only used as a synonym for sheep, as we see by comparison with Song of Solomon 6:6. The only other place where it is found is 2Kings 6:6, where it is used of cutting wood.

Bear twins.--The Hebrew word means "to make double." But this may either be "to produce twins," as in the text, or "to make pairs," or "to occur in pairs," a rendering which gives far better sense. The perfect and regular rows of teeth are exactly paired, upper to lower, like the sheep coming two and two from the washing, not one being bereaved of its fellow.

Verse 2. - Thy teeth are like a flock of ewes that are newly shorn, which are come up from the washing; whereof every one hath twins, and none is bereaved among them. The simile is very apt and beautiful Thy teeth are perfectly smooth, regular, and white; the upper set corresponding exactly to the lower set, like twin births in which there is no break (cf. Song of Solomon 6:6). The moisture of the saliva dentium, heightening the glance of the teeth, is frequently mentioned in love songs. The whiteness of wool is often used as a comparison (see Isaiah 1:18; Daniel 7:9; Revelation 1:14; Book of Enoch 46:1). Some think that קְצוּבות. should not be rendered "newly shorn," but "periodically shorn" (see Ginsburg) - a poetical epithet for וְחֵלֵים. The newly shorn would be washed first, תָּאַם, "to be double,....to be pairs," in the hiph. is "to make double," "to make pairs," "to appear paired." Perhaps the reference is to the sheep being washed in pairs, and going up side by side from the water. This would seem almost more exact than the idea of twin lambs, because the difference in size between the ewe and the lamb would suggest irregularity. The word שַׁכֻּלָּת, "deprived," "bereaved" (Jeremiah 18:21), may point merely to the loneliness of the single sheep going up by itself, suggesting one tooth without its fellow. Ginsburg says, "all of which are paired." Each keeps to its mate as they come up from the pool. This is a decided improvement on the Authorized Version. But the figure is clear with either rendering, and is very striking and suggestive of the pleasant country life to which the bride was accustomed.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Your teeth
שִׁנַּ֙יִךְ֙ (šin·na·yiḵ)
Noun - cdc | second person feminine singular
Strong's 8127: A tooth, ivory, a cliff

are like a flock
כְּעֵ֣דֶר (kə·‘ê·ḏer)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5739: An arrangement, muster

of newly shorn sheep
הַקְּצוּב֔וֹת (haq·qə·ṣū·ḇō·wṯ)
Article | Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - feminine plural
Strong's 7094: To cut off, shear

coming up
שֶׁעָל֖וּ (še·‘ā·lū)
Pronoun - relative | Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 5927: To ascend, in, actively

from
מִן־ (min-)
Preposition
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of

the washing;
הָרַחְצָ֑ה (hā·raḥ·ṣāh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7367: A bathing place

each
שֶׁכֻּלָּם֙ (šek·kul·lām)
Pronoun - relative | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

has its twin,
מַתְאִימ֔וֹת (maṯ·’î·mō·wṯ)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - feminine plural
Strong's 8382: To be, twinned, duplicate, jointed

and not one
אֵ֥ין (’ên)
Adverb
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

[is] lost.
וְשַׁכֻּלָ֖ה (wə·šak·ku·lāh)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 7909: Childless


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