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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Song of Solomon 5:14
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    King James Bible - Song of Solomon 5:14

    His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.

    World English Bible

    His hands are like
    rings of gold set with beryl. His body is like ivory work overlaid with sapphires.

    Douay-Rheims - Song of Solomon 5:14

    His hands are turned and as of gold,
    full of hyacinths. His belly as of ivory, set with sapphires.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    His hands are as gold
    rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.

    Original Hebrew

    ידיו
    3027 גלילי 1550 זהב 2091 ממלאים 4390 בתרשׁישׁ 8658 מעיו 4578 עשׁת 6247 שׁן 8127 מעלפת 5968 ספירים׃ 5601

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    VERSE (14) -
    Ex 15:6 Ps 44:4-7; 99:4 Isa 9:7; 52:13

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 5:14

    Sus manos, como anillos de oro engastados de jacintos; su vientre, como blanco marfil cubierto de zafiros.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Song of Solomon 5:14

    Verse 14. His hands-gold
    rings set with the beryl - This really seems to refer to gold rings set with precious stones on the fingers, and perhaps to circlets or bracelets about the wrists. Some suppose it to refer to the roundness and exquisite symmetry of the hand and fingers. vyvrt tarshish, which we translate beryl, a gem of a sea-green tint, had better be translated chrysolite, which is of a gold colour.

    His belly-bright ivory overlaid with sapphires. - This must refer to some garment set with precious stones which went round his waist, and was peculiarly remarkable. If we take it literally, the sense is plain enough. His belly was beautifully white, and the blue veins appearing under the skin resembled the sapphire stone. But one can hardly think that this was intended.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 14. His hands [are as] gold rings, set with the beryl , etc.] Beryl is with great propriety mentioned, because it was usual to wear it on the fingers f362 . This was one of the precious stones in the breastplate of the high priest, a type of Christ, ( Exodus 28:20); one of the pearl foundations of the New Jerusalem, ( Revelation 21:20); the appearance of the wheels in Ezekiel’s vision was like it, ( Ezekiel 1:16); the body of the glorious person, seen by Daniel, is said to be as that, ( Daniel 10:6); so that it is no wonder the hands of Christ should be compared to gold rings set with it. The word “tarshish”, here rendered by “beryl”, is sometimes used for the “sea”; and naturalists tell us, that the best beryl is that which most resembles the colour of the sea; so all the three Targums, on ( Exodus 28:20); call it amy µwrk , from its sea colour; and some versions have it here, “the sea coloured beryl” f364 . Some think the chrysolite is meant, so called from Tarshish, a city in the Indian sea, from whence it was brought, ( 1 Kings 10:22); which is a precious stone, of a golden colour. Others take it to be the “hyacinth”, or “jacinth”, which is of a violet or purple colour. Cocceius is of opinion that the “sardonyx” in intended, a composition of the “sardius” and “onyx” stones; and is of a white and ruddy colour, and much resembles the nail of a man’s hand; which it was usual to set in rings wore on the hand; and a hand adorned with a ring set with a sardonyx, Martial calls “sardonychata manus” f365 .

    Now Christ’s hands, which are the instruments of action, may be compared to “gold rings”, set with one or other of these stones; because of the variety of his works in nature, providence, and grace; and because of the preciousness and value of them; and because of their perfection and completeness; the circular form being reckoned the most perfect: and never do the hands of Christ appear as thus described, and look more beautiful and lovely, than when he is beheld as grasping, holding, and retaining his people in his hands, out of which they never be plucked; and who are as so many gold rings, jewels, pearls, and precious stories, in his esteem; and as holding the bright stars, the ministers of the word, in there, who sparkle in their gifts and graces, like so many gems there: and particularly this may be expressive of the munificence and liberality of Christ, in the distribution of his gifts and graces to his people, so freely and generously, so largely and plenteously, and so wisely and faithfully, as he does; and a beautiful sight it is, to the eye of faith, to behold him with his hands full of grace, and a heart ready to distribute it; his belly [is as] bright ivory, overlaid [with] sapphires : which most of the ancient interpreters understand of the human nature of Christ, described by one part of it, because of its frailty and weakness in itself; and is compared to bright ivory, partly because of its firmness and constancy in suffering, and partly because of its purity, holiness, and innocence; and is said to be “overlaid with sapphires”, because of its exaltation and glory at the right hand of God. The words may be rendered, “his bowels are as bright ivory”, etc. f366 ; as in ( Song of Solomon 5:4); and may express the love, grace, mercy, pity, compassion of Christ to the sons of men; compared to “ivory”, or the elephant’s teeth, for the excellency of it, Christ’s love being better than life itself; and for the purity and sincerity of it, there being no hypocrisy in it; and for the firmness, constancy, and duration of it, it being from everlasting to everlasting, without any change or variation; and to an overlay or enamel of “sapphires”, for the riches, worth and value of it, it being preferable to all precious stones, or that can be desired. Some interpreters are of opinion, that not any part of the body, the belly or bowels, are here meant, but rather some covering of the same; for seems not so agreeable with the rules of decency, nor consistent with the spouse’s modesty, to describe her beloved by those parts to the daughters of Jerusalem; nor with the scope of the narration, which is to give distinguishing marks and characters, by which they might know him from another. Aben Ezra thinks the girdle is meant; which either may be his royal girdle, the girdle of righteousness and faithfulness; or his priestly girdle, said to be of gold; (see Isaiah 11:5 Revelation 1:13); or his prophetic girdle, the girdle of truth. The allusion may be to the embroidered coat of the high priest: in the holes and incisures of which, as Jarchi says, were put jewels and precious stones: or rather to the ephod with the breastplate, in which were twelve precious stones, and among these the sapphire; and which may represent Christ, as the great High Priest, bearing all his elect upon his heart in heaven; having entered there, in their name, to take possession of it for them, until they are brought into the actual enjoyment of it.


    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Christ's answer. (Song 5:1) The disappointments of the church from he own folly. (Song 5:2-8) The excellences of Christ. (Song 5:9-16)

    Song 5:1 See how ready Christ is to accept the invitations of his people. What little good there is in us would be lost, if he did no preserve it to himself. He also invites his beloved people to eat an drink abundantly. The ordinances in which they honour him, are means of grace.

    Song 5:2-8 Churches and believers, by carelessness and security provoke Christ to withdraw. We ought to notice our spiritual slumber and distempers. Christ knocks to awaken us, knocks by his word an Spirit, knocks by afflictions and by our consciences; thus, Rev. 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-denyin instances; and we only can be gainers by it. Careless souls put slight on Jesus Christ. Another could not be sent to open the door. Chris 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 makin 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. Se the powerful influences of Divine grace. He put in his hand to unbol the door, as one weary of waiting. This betokens a work of the Spiri upon the soul. The believer's rising above self-indulgence, seeking by prayer for the consolations of Christ, and to remove every hinderanc 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 sou still calls Christ her Beloved. Every desertion is not despair. Lord, believe, though I must say, Lord, help my unbelief. His words melte me, yet, wretch that I was, I made excuses. The smothering and stiflin of convictions will be very bitter to think of, when God opens ou 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 watchme wounded me. Some refer it to those who misapply the word to awakene consciences. The charge to the daughters of Jerusalem, seems to mea the distressed believer's desire of the prayers of the feebles Christian. Awakened souls are more sensible of Christ's withdrawing than of any other trouble.

    Song 5:9-16 Even those who have little acquaintance with Christ, cannot but see amiable beauty in others who bear his image. There are hopes of those who begin to inquire concerning Christ and his perfections Christians, who are well acquainted with Christ themselves, should d all they can to make others know something of him. Divine glory make him truly lovely in the eyes of all who are enlightened to discer spiritual things. He is white in the spotless innocence of his life ruddy in the bleeding sufferings he went through at his death. Thi description of the person of the Beloved, would form, in the figurativ language of those times, a portrait of beauty of person and of grace of manners; but the aptness of some of the allusions may not appear to us He shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all that believe. May his love constrain us to live to his glory __________________________________________________________________


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    ידיו 3027 גלילי 1550 זהב 2091 ממלאים 4390 בתרשׁישׁ 8658 מעיו 4578 עשׁת 6247 שׁן 8127 מעלפת 5968 ספירים׃ 5601


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