Song of Solomon 5:4
New International Version
My beloved thrust his hand through the latch-opening; my heart began to pound for him.

New Living Translation
My lover tried to unlatch the door, and my heart thrilled within me.

English Standard Version
My beloved put his hand to the latch, and my heart was thrilled within me.

Berean Study Bible
My beloved put his hand to the latch; my heart pounded for him.

New American Standard Bible
"My beloved extended his hand through the opening, And my feelings were aroused for him.

King James Bible
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.

Christian Standard Bible
My love thrust his hand through the opening, and my feelings were stirred for him.

Contemporary English Version
Then my darling's hand reached to open the latch, and my heart stood still.

Good News Translation
My lover put his hand to the door, and I was thrilled that he was near.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My love thrust his hand through the opening, and my feelings were stirred for him.

International Standard Version
My beloved reached out his hand for the latch. My feelings for him were aroused.

NET Bible
My lover thrust his hand through the hole, and my feelings were stirred for him.

New Heart English Bible
My beloved thrust his hand in through the latch opening. My heart pounded for him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My beloved put his hand through the keyhole. My heart throbbed for him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, And my heart was moved for him.

New American Standard 1977
“My beloved extended his hand through the opening, And my feelings were aroused for him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.

King James 2000 Bible
My beloved put in his hand by the latch of the door, and my heart was thrilled for him.

American King James Version
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.

American Standard Version
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door , And my heart was moved for him.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
My kinsman put forth his hand by the hole of the door, and my belly moved for him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My beloved put his hand through the key hole, and my bowels were moved at his touch.

Darby Bible Translation
My beloved put in his hand by the hole [of the door]; And my bowels yearned for him.

English Revised Version
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my heart was moved for him.

Webster's Bible Translation
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.

World English Bible
My beloved thrust his hand in through the latch opening. My heart pounded for him.

Young's Literal Translation
My beloved sent his hand from the net-work, And my bowels were moved for him.
Study Bible
The Bride and Her Beloved
3I have taken off my robe—must I put it back on? I have washed my feet—must I soil them again? 4My beloved put his hand to the latch; my heart pounded for him. 5I rose up to open for my beloved. My hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with flowing myrrh on the handles of the bolt.…
Cross References
Genesis 7:11
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.

Jeremiah 31:20
Is not Ephraim a precious son to Me, a delightful child? Though I often speak against him, surely I still remember him. Therefore My heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him," declares the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.

put

Song of Solomon 1:4
Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

Psalm 110:3
Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

Acts 16:14
And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

my bowels

Genesis 43:30
And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.

1 Kings 3:26
Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.

Isaiah 26:8,9
Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee…

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Lexicon
My beloved
דּוֹדִ֗י (dō·w·ḏî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1730: To love, a love-token, lover, friend, an uncle

put
שָׁלַ֤ח (šā·laḥ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7971: To send away, for, out

his hand
יָדוֹ֙ (yā·ḏōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

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

the latch;
הַחֹ֔ר (ha·ḥōr)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2356: A cavity, socket, den

my heart
וּמֵעַ֖י (ū·mê·‘ay)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4578: The intestines, the abdomen, sympathy, a vest, the stomach, the uterus, the heart

pounded
הָמ֥וּ (hā·mū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1993: To make a, loud sound, commotion, tumult, to rage, war, moan, clamor

for him.
עָלָֽיו׃ (‘ā·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against
(4) By the hole--i.e., through (Heb. min), as in Song of Solomon 2:9. The hole is the aperture made in the door above the lock for the insertion of the hand with the key. The ancient lock was probably like the one in use in Palestine now. It consists of a hollow bolt or bar, which passes through a staple fixed to the door and into the door-post. In the staple are a number of movable pins, which drop into corresponding holes in the bolt when it is pushed home, and the door is then locked. To unlock it, the key is slid into the hollow bolt, and the movable pins pushed back by other pins in it, corresponding in size and form, which fill up the holes, and so enable the bolt to be withdrawn. It is said that, in lieu of a proper key, the arm can be inserted into the hollow bolt and the pins be pushed up by the hand, if provided with some soft material, as lard or wax, to fill up the holes, and keep the pins from falling back again till the bolt is withdrawn. This offers one explanation of Song of Solomon 5:5. Coming to the door and having no key, the lover is supposed to make use of some myrrh, brought as a present, in trying to open the door, and, not succeeding, to go away. The sweet smelling (Marg., passing, or running about) is the myrrh that drops from the tree naturally, before any incision is made in the bark, and is considered specially fine. Others explain Song of Solomon 5:5 by comparison with the heathen custom alluded to in Lucretius iv. 1173:--

"At lacrimans exclusus amator limina saepe

Floribus et sertis operit posteisque superbos

Unguet amaricino, et foribus miser oscula figit."

(Comp. Tibullus, 1:2-14.) Perhaps Proverbs 7:17 makes the comparison allowable, but the first explanation is preferable.

Verse 4. - My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my heart was moved for him. The door hole is a part of the door pierced through at the upper part of the lock, or door bolt (מִן־הַחור), that is, by the opening from without to within, or through the opening, as if, i.e., to open the door by pressing back the lock or bolt from within. There was some obstacle. He tailed to open it. It had not been left so that he could easily obtain admittance. The metaphor is very apt and beautiful. How much he loved her! How he tried to come to her! As applied to the Saviour, what infinite suggestiveness! He would be with us, and not only knocks at the door, but is impatient to enter; tries the lock, and too often finds it in vain; he is repelled, he is resisted, he is coldly excluded. My heart was moved for him. מֵעַי, "my inner being" (cf. Isaiah 63:15, where the same word is used of God). It is often employed to express sympathy and affection, especially with tender regret. The later authorities, as the older translations, have "to him" (עָלָיו), i.e. over him, or on account of him, in the thought of his wounded heart. 5:2-8 Churches and believers, by carelessness and security, provoke Christ to withdraw. We ought to notice our spiritual slumbers and distempers. Christ knocks to awaken us, knocks by his word and Spirit, knocks by afflictions and by our consciences; thus, Re 3:20. When we are unmindful of Christ, still he thinks of us. Christ's love to us should engage ours to him, even in the most self-denying instances; and we only can be gainers by it. Careless souls put slights on Jesus Christ. Another could not be sent to open the door. Christ calls to us, but we have no mind, or pretend we have no strength, or we have no time, and think we may be excused. Making excuses is making light of Christ. Those put contempt upon Christ, who cannot find in their hearts to bear a cold blast, or to leave a warm bed for him. See the powerful influences of Divine grace. He put in his hand to unbolt the door, as one weary of waiting. This betokens a work of the Spirit upon the soul. The believer's rising above self-indulgence, seeking by prayer for the consolations of Christ, and to remove every hinderance to communion with him; these actings of the soul are represented by the hands dropping sweet-smelling myrrh upon the handles of the locks. But the Beloved was gone! By absenting himself, Christ will teach his people to value his gracious visits more highly. Observe, the soul still calls Christ her Beloved. Every desertion is not despair. Lord, I believe, though I must say, Lord, help my unbelief. His words melted me, yet, wretch that I was, I made excuses. The smothering and stifling of convictions will be very bitter to think of, when God opens our eyes. The soul went in pursuit of him; not only prayed, but used means, sought him in the ways wherein he used to be found. The watchmen wounded me. Some refer it to those who misapply the word to awakened consciences. The charge to the daughters of Jerusalem, seems to mean the distressed believer's desire of the prayers of the feeblest Christian. Awakened souls are more sensible of Christ's withdrawings than of any other trouble.
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