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Song of Songs 4:11 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Thy lips, O [my] bride, drop [as] the honeycomb: Honey and milk are under thy tongue; And the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— 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.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Your lips, [my] bride, drip honey; Honey and milk are under your tongue, And the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Thy lips, O [my] spouse, drop [as] the honey-comb; honey and milk [are] under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments [is] like the smell of Lebanon.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Thy lips, [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.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— With sweetness, thy lips do drip, O bride,—Honey and milk, are under thy tongue, and, the fragrance of thy garments, is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Thy lips drop honey, O spouse, Honey and milk [are] under thy tongue, And the fragrance of thy garments [Is] as the fragrance of Lebanon.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Thy lips, my spouse, are as a dropping honeycomb, honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments, as the smell of frankincense.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Thy lips, [O my] spouse! drop [as] the hony combe: hony and milke [are] vnder thy tongue, and the smell of thy garments [is] like the smell of Lebanon.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Thy lips drop honeycomb, my spouse: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is as the smell of Lebanon{gr.Libanus}.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— 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 Levanon.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Thy lips, 8193
{8193} Prime
(The second form is in dual and plural); Probably from H5595 or H8192 through the idea of termination (compare H5490); the lip (as a natural boundary); by implication language; by analogy a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.).
O [my] spouse, 3618
{3618} Prime
From H3634; a bride (as if perfect); hence a son's wife.
drop 5197
{5197} Prime
A primitive root; to ooze, that is, distil gradually; by implication to fall in drops; figuratively to speak by inspiration.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
[as] the honeycomb: 5317
{5317} Prime
From H5130 in the sense of shaking to pieces; a dripping that is, of honey (from the comb).
honey 1706
{1706} Prime
From an unused root meaning to be gummy; honey (from its stickiness); by analogy syrup.
and milk 2461
{2461} Prime
From the same as H2459; milk (as the richness of kine).
[are] under x8478
(8478) Complement
From the same as H8430; the bottom (as depressed); only adverbially below (often with prepositional prefix underneath), in lieu of, etc.
thy tongue; 3956
{3956} Prime
From H3960; the tongue (of man or animals), used literally (as the instrument of licking, eating, or speech), and figuratively (speech, an ingot, a fork of flame, a cove of water).
and the smell 7381
{7381} Prime
From H7306; odor (as if blown).
of thy garments 8008
{8008} Prime
Transposition for H8071; a dress.
[is] like the smell 7381
{7381} Prime
From H7306; odor (as if blown).
of Lævänôn לְבָנוֹן. 3844
{3844} Prime
From H3825; (the) white mountain (from its snow); Lebanon, a mountain range in Palestine.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Song of Songs 4:11

_ _ drop — always ready to fall, being full of honey, though not always (Proverbs 10:19) actually dropping (Song of Songs 5:13; Deuteronomy 32:2; Matthew 12:34).

_ _ honeycomb — (Proverbs 5:3; Proverbs 16:24).

_ _ under thy tongue — not always on, but under, the tongue, ready to fall (Psalms 55:21). Contrast her former state (Psalms 140:3; Romans 3:13). “Honey and milk” were the glory of the good land. The change is illustrated in the penitent thief. Contrast Matthew 27:44 with Luke 23:39, etc. It was literally with “one” eye, a sidelong glance of love “better than wine,” that he refreshed Jesus Christ (Song of Songs 4:9, Song of Songs 4:10). “To-day shalt thou be with Me (compare Song of Songs 4:8) in Paradise” (Song of Songs 4:12), is the only joyous sentence of His seven utterances on the cross.

_ _ smell of ... garments — which are often perfumed in the East (Psalms 45:8). The perfume comes from Him on us (Psalms 133:2). We draw nigh to God in the perfumed garment of our elder brother (Genesis 27:27; see Jude 1:23).

_ _ Lebanon — abounding in odoriferous trees (Hosea 14:5-7).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Song of Songs 4:8-14.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Song of Songs 4:11

Thy lips — Thy speeches both to me in prayer and praises, and to men for their edification, are highly acceptable to me. Milk — Words more sweet and comfortable than honey or milk. Garments — Of that righteousness wherewith I have adorned thee. Lebanon — Which was very sweet and grateful in regard of the great numbers of sweet — smelling spices and trees which grow on that mountain.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Song of Songs 4:11

Thy (g) lips, O [my] spouse, drop [as] the honeycomb: honey and milk [are] under thy tongue; and the scent of thy garments [is] like the fragrance of Lebanon.

(g) Because of your confession and thanksgiving.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Song of Songs 4:3 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.
Song of Songs 5:13 His cheeks [are] as a bed of spices, [as] sweet flowers: his lips [like] lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.
Song of Songs 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.
Psalms 71:14-15 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. ... My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness [and] thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers [thereof].
Psalms 71:23-24 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed. ... My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.
Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive [us] graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.
Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name.


Song of Songs 5:1 I am come into my garden, my sister, [my] spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.
Proverbs 24:13-14 My son, eat thou honey, because [it is] good; and the honeycomb, [which is] sweet to thy taste: ... So [shall] the knowledge of wisdom [be] unto thy soul: when thou hast found [it], then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
Isaiah 7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

the smell:

Song of Songs 4:10 How fair is thy love, my sister, [my] spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!
Genesis 27:27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son [is] as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed:
Psalms 45:8 All thy garments [smell] of myrrh, and aloes, [and] cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
Hosea 14:7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive [as] the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof [shall be] as the wine of Lebanon.
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Gn 27:27. Ps 45:8; 71:14, 23. Pv 16:24; 24:13. So 4:3, 10; 5:1, 13; 7:9. Is 7:15. Ho 14:2, 7. He 13:15.

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After entering the garden of his delight, the Beloved Christ gathers his myrrh with his spice. “Myrrh” refers to the savor of death, while “spice” refers to the savor of life. His loving bride as his garden of delight is full of the sweet flavor of the death at Calvary, and the aromatic fragrance of the resurrection life!
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (4/18/2018 4:29:55 AM)
A beautiful interpretation, Frank, thank you for sharing it. And her garments have the scent of cedar, the timber of Lebanon which Hiram sent to Solomon for the construction of the temple in Israel, where she dwells perpetually in the presence of the King.
- eved melekh (11/25/2017 4:06:15 PM)
The bride of Christ is living in her Beloved Christ as the reality and fulfillment of the promised good land which flows with milk and honey. The “honey and milk” under the tongue of the bride typify that she has tasted eternity and the eternal life which is in the Beloved Christ. The eternal life was promised, by the God who cannot lie, before the beginning of time (Titus 1:2). This promise of life made in eternity past was contained and fulfilled in the Beloved Christ (2 Tim. 1:1). Now, a distinctive beauty of the bride is her tasting in sweetness the eternity of the Beloved Christ. “This is that testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life” (1 John 5:11-12).
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (11/22/2017 7:41:43 AM)
The bride must match her Beloved Bridegroom totally to be His delight, and this includes her “lips”. As “grace is poured upon the lips of the King” and as “Jesus' lips streamed forth with grace”, so His bride’s lips are portrayed “as a thread of scarlet” and “drop as the honeycomb” (Psa. 45:2; Luke 4:22; S. of S. 4:3, 11). Her lips have been transformed and beautified to match Him for His delight!
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (11/19/2017 4:47:54 PM)
The lips of the bride drop as the honeycomb, but they were not always so sweet and attractive to the Beloved Christ. As Isaiah declared, “I am a man of unclean lips” so our lips were so and more. A touch of a burning coal from the altar was the cleansing factor to allow the prophet to use his lips again to speak forth the Word of God (Isa. 6:6-7). The fire of the love of God based upon the altar of the merit of Christ’s work purged his lips that he might minister the Holy Spirit to the people of God!
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (11/15/2017 7:02:55 AM)
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