Song of Solomon 4:3
New International Version
Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon; your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil are like the halves of a pomegranate.

New Living Translation
Your lips are like scarlet ribbon; your mouth is inviting. Your cheeks are like rosy pomegranates behind your veil.

English Standard Version
Your lips are like a scarlet thread, and your mouth is lovely. Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate behind your veil.

Berean Study Bible
Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon, and your mouth is lovely. Your brow behind your veil is like a slice of pomegranate.

King James Bible
Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.

New King James Version
Your lips are like a strand of scarlet, And your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil Are like a piece of pomegranate.

New American Standard Bible
“Your lips are like a scarlet thread, And your mouth is beautiful. Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate Behind your veil.

NASB 1995
“Your lips are like a scarlet thread, And your mouth is lovely. Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate Behind your veil.

NASB 1977
“Your lips are like a scarlet thread, And your mouth is lovely. Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate Behind your veil.

Amplified Bible
“Your lips are like a ribbon of scarlet, And your mouth is lovely. Your temples are like a slice of the pomegranate Behind your veil.

Christian Standard Bible
Your lips are like a scarlet cord, and your mouth is lovely. Behind your veil, your brow is like a slice of pomegranate.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your lips are like a scarlet cord, and your mouth is lovely. Behind your veil, your brow is like a slice of pomegranate.

American Standard Version
Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, And thy mouth is comely. Thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate Behind thy veil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Your lips like a cord of scarlet and your speech beautiful as the blossoms of a pomegranate

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thy lips are as a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: like the rind of a pomegranate is thy cheek without thy veil.

Contemporary English Version
Your lips are crimson cords, your mouth is shapely; behind your veil are hidden beautiful rosy cheeks.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thy lips are as a scarlet lace: and thy speech sweet. Thy cheeks are as a piece of a pomegranate, besides that which lieth hid within.

English Revised Version
Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy mouth is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate behind thy veil.

Good News Translation
Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon; how lovely they are when you speak. Your cheeks glow behind your veil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your lips are like scarlet thread. Your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil are like slices of pomegranate.

International Standard Version
Your lips are like a scarlet thread, and your mouth is lovely. Behind your veil, your temple is like a slice of pomegranate.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, And thy mouth is comely; Thy temples are like a pomegranate split open Behind thy veil.

Literal Standard Version
As a thread of scarlet [are] your lips, And your speech [is] lovely, As the work of the pomegranate [is] your temple behind your veil,

NET Bible
Your lips are like a scarlet thread; your mouth is lovely. Your forehead behind your veil is like a slice of pomegranate.

New Heart English Bible
Your lips are like scarlet thread. Your mouth is lovely. Your temples are like a piece of a pomegranate behind your veil.

World English Bible
Your lips are like scarlet thread. Your mouth is lovely. Your temples are like a piece of a pomegranate behind your veil.

Young's Literal Translation
As a thread of scarlet are thy lips, And thy speech is comely, As the work of the pomegranate is thy temple behind thy veil,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Solomon Admires His Bride
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. 4Your neck is like the tower of David, built with rows of stones; on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of warriors.…

Cross References
Joshua 2:18
unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother and brothers and all your family into your house.

Song of Solomon 1:5
I am dark, yet lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon.

Song of Solomon 5:16
His mouth is most sweet; he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

Song of Solomon 6:7
Your brow behind your veil is like a slice of pomegranate.


Treasury of Scripture

Your lips are like a thread of scarlet, and your speech is comely: your temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within your locks.

lips

Song of Solomon 4:11
Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.

Song of Solomon 5:13,16
His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh…

Song of Solomon 7:9
And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.

scarlet

Leviticus 14:4,6,49-52
Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: …

Numbers 4:8
And they shall spread upon them a cloth of scarlet, and cover the same with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put in the staves thereof.

Numbers 19:6
And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer.

thy temples

Song of Solomon 6:7
As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks.

Genesis 32:10
I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.

Ezra 9:6
And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.









(3) Speech.--Rather, mouth, as the parallelism shows.

Thy temples . . .--Rather, like a piece of pomegranate thy cheeks behind thy veil. (See Note to Song of Solomon 4:1.) "The pomegranate brings to my mind the blushes of my beloved, when her cheeks are covered with a modest resentment" (Persian Ode, quoted by Ginsburg from Sir Wm. Jones). For the pomegranate see Exodus 28:34. It naturally supplied to the Eastern poet the image for which the Western poet goes to the apple. "Her cheeks like apples which the sun hath rudded" (Spenser).

Verse 3. - Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy mouth is comely; thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate behind thy veil. Scarlet; that is, shining, glistening red colour. Thy mouth (מִדְבָּרֵך). Thy mouth as speaking. So the LXX., Jerome, and Venetian, "thy speech," eloquium, conversation. But this is questioned, as it should then be דְּבוּרֵך. The word midhbar undoubtedly means "the mouth," from davar, "to speak," with the מ preformative, as the name of the instrument. It is the preterite for פִיך, but perhaps as referring specially to speech. Thy temples; Latin tempora, from the adjective רַק, "weak," meaning the thin, piece of skull on each side of the eyes, like the German schlafe, from schlaff, "slack." The inside of the pomegranate is of a red colour mixed and tempered with the ruby colour. Ginsburg, however, thinks that the cheeks are intended, and that the comparison is with the outside of the pomegranate, in which the vermilion colour is mingled with brown, and resembles the round cheek; but then why say, "piece of a pomegranate"? פֶלַת, from the root "to cut fruit" (see 1 Kings 4:39), certainly must refer to the cut fruit and the appearance of the inside. The meaning may be a segment, that is, so as to represent the roundness of the cheek. Possibly the reference may be to blushes on the bride's cheek, or to ornaments which appeared through the veil. We can scarcely expect to make out every particular in an Eastern description.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Your lips
שִׂפְתֹתַ֔יִךְ (śip̄·ṯō·ṯa·yiḵ)
Noun - feminine plural construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 8193: The lip, language, a margin

are like a scarlet
הַשָּׁנִי֙ (haš·šā·nî)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8144: Crimson, the insect, its color, stuff dyed with it

ribbon,
כְּח֤וּט (kə·ḥūṭ)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2339: A string, a measuring tape

and your mouth
וּמִדְבָּרֵ֖יךְ (ū·miḏ·bā·rêḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 4057: A pasture, a desert, speech

is lovely.
נָאוֶ֑ה (nā·weh)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 5000: Suitable, beautiful

Your brow
רַקָּתֵ֔ךְ (raq·qā·ṯêḵ)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 7541: Thinness, the side of the head

is like a slice
כְּפֶ֤לַח (kə·p̄e·laḥ)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6400: Cleavage, a millstone

of pomegranate
הָֽרִמּוֹן֙ (hā·rim·mō·wn)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7416: A pomegranate, the tree, the fruit

behind
מִבַּ֖עַד (mib·ba·‘aḏ)
Preposition-m
Strong's 1157: In up to, over against, at, beside, among, behind, for

your veil.
לְצַמָּתֵֽךְ׃ (lə·ṣam·mā·ṯêḵ)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 6777: (woman's) veil


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