Song of Solomon 8:13
New International Version
You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice!

New Living Translation
O my darling, lingering in the gardens, your companions are fortunate to hear your voice. Let me hear it, too! Young Woman

English Standard Version
O you who dwell in the gardens, with companions listening for your voice; let me hear it.

Berean Study Bible
You who dwell in the gardens, my companions are listening for your voice. Let me hear it!

New American Standard Bible
"O you who sit in the gardens, My companions are listening for your voice-- Let me hear it!"

King James Bible
Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.

Christian Standard Bible
You who dwell in the gardens, companions are listening for your voice; let me hear you!

Contemporary English Version
You are in the garden with friends all around. Let me hear your voice!

Good News Translation
Let me hear your voice from the garden, my love; my companions are waiting to hear you speak.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You who dwell in the gardens-- companions are listening for your voice-- let me hear you! W

International Standard Version
You who sit in the gardens, companions are listening for your voice, but let me hear it.

NET Bible
O you who stay in the gardens, my companions are listening attentively for your voice; let me be the one to hear it!

New Heart English Bible
You who dwell in the gardens, with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Young woman living in the gardens, while your friends are listening to your voice, let me hear....

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou that dwellest in the gardens, The companions hearken for thy voice: 'Cause me to hear it.'

New American Standard 1977
“O you who sit in the gardens, My companions are listening for your voice— Let me hear it!”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou, she that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice; cause me to hear it.

King James 2000 Bible
You that dwell in the gardens, the companions listen for your voice: let me hear it.

American King James Version
You that dwell in the gardens, the companions listen to your voice: cause me to hear it.

American Standard Version
Thou that dwellest in the gardens, The companions hearken for thy voice: Cause me to hear it.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: make me hear it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the friends hearken: make me hear thy voice.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou that dwellest in the gardens, The companions hearken to thy voice: Let me hear [it].

English Revised Version
Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken for thy voice: cause me to hear it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.

World English Bible
You who dwell in the gardens, with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice! Beloved

Young's Literal Translation
The companions are attending to thy voice, Cause me to hear. Flee, my beloved, and be like to a roe,
Study Bible
Longing for Her Beloved
12But my own vineyard is mine to give; the thousand shekels are for you, O Solomon, and two hundred are for those who tend its fruit. 13You who dwell in the gardens, my companions are listening for your voice. Let me hear it! 14Come away, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.…
Cross References
Song of Solomon 1:7
Tell me, O one I love, where do you pasture your sheep? Where do you rest them at midday? Why should I be like a veiled woman beside the flocks of your companions?

Song of Solomon 2:14
O my dove in the clefts of the rock, in the crevices of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your countenance is lovely.

Song of Solomon 8:12
But my own vineyard is mine to give; the thousand shekels are for you, O Solomon, and two hundred are for those who tend its fruit.

Treasury of Scripture

You that dwell in the gardens, the companions listen to your voice: cause me to hear it.

dwellest

Song of Solomon 2:13
The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

Song of Solomon 4:16
Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.

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…

the companions

Song of Solomon 1:7
Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?

Song of Solomon 3:7-11
Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel…

Song of Solomon 5:9-16
What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us? …

cause

Song of Solomon 2:14
O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.

Psalm 50:15
And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

John 14:13,14
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son…







Lexicon
You who dwell
הַיוֹשֶׁ֣בֶת‪‬‪‬ (hay·yō·wō·še·ḇeṯ)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

in the gardens,
בַּגַּנִּ֗ים (bag·gan·nîm)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1588: An enclosure, garden

[my] companions
חֲבֵרִ֛ים (ḥă·ḇê·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2270: United, associate, companion

are listening
מַקְשִׁיבִ֥ים (maq·šî·ḇîm)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7181: To prick up the ears, hearken

for your voice.
לְקוֹלֵ֖ךְ (lə·qō·w·lêḵ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6963: A voice, sound

Let me hear it!
הַשְׁמִיעִֽינִי׃ (haš·mî·‘î·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - feminine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently
(13) Thou that dwellest.--In Song of Solomon 8:13 we have another brief reminiscence of the early days of courtship, when the lover envied every one near the maiden, the companions who could see and hear her, and sighed for tokens of affection which she lavished on them.

Verse 13. - Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken for thy voice; cause me to hear it. There cannot be much doubt that these are the words of the bridegroom. They are addressed to the bride. She is the dweller in the gardens; that is, one who is at home in the gardens, whose beauty blends with the rural loveliness around her. The king wishes his bride to understand that she is only acceptable in his sight, and that all that she asks shall be granted. It is delightful to him to hear her voice, as it is delightful to those who have been accustomed to that voice from her childhood. "Dear country girl, sing to me, and let me revel in the sweetness of thy music. 'Thy companions hearken for it' - thy former associates, the playmates of thy youth. And while they gather round us, and you and I rejoice in one another, let the sound of thy voice mingle with the peaceful beauty of this earthly paradise." There is an exquisite tenderness in this conclusion of the poem. The curtain falls, as it were, upon a scene of mutual confidence and affection, the simplicity of the bride's early home being lifted up into the royal splendour of the king's presence, the companions beholding and praising, while, in the midst of all that sunny bliss and peaceful content, the voice of the Bride is heard singing one of the old, familiar strains of love with which she poured out her heart in the days when her beloved came to find her in her home. It is impossible to conceive a more perfect conclusion. It leads up our thoughts to the laud of light and song, where "the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall be the Shepherd" of those who shall "hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun strike upon them, nor any heat;" "and he shall guide them unto fountains of waters of life: and God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes" (Revelation 7:16, 17). It is sad to think that Solomon himself fell from such an ideal of human affection, and was unfaithful to such a bride. But there is no need to trouble the clear, transparent beauty of this typical poem by any reference to the incidents of the writer's own history. He placed it on the altar of God, no doubt, at a time when it represented sincere feelings in his heart, and because he was inspired to see that it would be profitable to the people of God as a mirror in which they could behold the reflection of the highest truth. But though he himself fell away from his high place as a prophet of God, the words which he left behind him were still a precious gift to the Church. It is otherwise with him who is typified by the earthly monarch. He who is the heavenly Bridegroom has himself to lift up the weakness and fickleness of his bride by fellowship with her, until she is above the reach of temptation, and partaker of his own glory. And he does so, as this exquisite poem reminds us, by the power of his love. It is the personal influence of the Lord Jesus Christ which must glorify the Church and restore it to its original simplicity and spirituality. The scene into which we are led in this story of bridal affection typifies a state of the Church when the artificiality of court life shall be abandoned, the magnificence of mere external pomp and ritual shall be left behind, and the bride shall simply delight herself in the Bridegroom among the pure and peaceful surroundings of a country home. The Church will realize the greatness of her power when she is delivered from that which hides her Saviour, when she is simply human and yet entirely spiritual; then the Lord of her life, the second Adam, the perfect Man, who is from heaven and in heaven, but still on earth, changing earth to heaven by his love, will fulfil his promise. "He not merely concludes the marriage covenant with mankind, but likewise preserves, confirms, refines, and conducts it step by step to its ideal consummation, which is at the same time the palingenesia and perfection of humanity." 8:13,14 These verses close the conference between Christ and his church. He first addresses her as dwelling in the gardens, the assemblies and ordinances of his saints. He exhorts her to be constant and frequent in prayers, supplications, and praises, in which he delights. She replies, craving his speedy return to take her to be wholly with Him. The heavens, those high mountains of sweet spices, must contain Christ, till the times come, when every eye shall see him, in all the glory of the better world. True believers as they are looking for, so they are hastening to the coming of that day of the Lord. Let every Christian endeavour to perform the duties of his station, that men may see his good works, and glorify his heavenly Father. Continuing earnest in prayer for what we want, our thanksgivings will abound, and our joy will be full; our souls will be enriched, and our labours prospered. We shall be enabled to look forward to death and judgment without fear. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
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