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Song of Songs 5:16 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— His mouth is most sweet; Yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— His mouth [is] most sweet: yea, he [is] altogether lovely. This [is] my beloved, and this [is] my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “His mouth is [full of] sweetness. And he is wholly desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— His mouth [is] most sweet: yes, he [is] altogether lovely. This [is] my beloved, and this [is] my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— His mouth is most sweet: Yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, yea, this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— His mouth, most sweet, yea, altogether, he is delightful,—This, is my beloved, yea, this, is my dear one, ye daughters of Jerusalem.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— His mouth is sweetness—and all of him desirable, This [is] my beloved, and this my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— His throat most sweet, and he is all lovely: such is my beloved, and he is my friend, O ye daughters of Jerusalem.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— His mouth is most sweete, yea he is altogether louely. This [is] my beloued, and this [is] my friend, O daughters of Ierusalem.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— His throat is most sweet, and altogether desirable. This is my kinsman, and this is my companion, O daughters of Jerusalem.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— His mouth [is] most sweet: yea, he [is] altogether lovely. This [is] my beloved, and this [is] my friend, O daughters of Yerushalaim.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
His mouth 2441
{2441} Prime
Probably from H2496 in the sense of tasting; properly the palate or inside of the mouth; hence the mouth itself (as the organ of speech, taste and kissing).
[is] most sweet: 4477
{4477} Prime
From H4985; something sweet (literally or figuratively).
yea, he [is] altogether x3605
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
lovely. 4261
{4261} Prime
From H2530; delightful; hence a delight, that is, object of affection or desire.
This x2088
(2088) Complement
A primitive word; the masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that.
[is] my beloved, 1730
{1730} Prime
From an unused root meaning properly to boil, that is, (figuratively) to love; by implication a love token, lover, friend; specifically an uncle.
and this x2088
(2088) Complement
A primitive word; the masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that.
[is] my friend, 7453
{7453} Prime
From H7462; an associate (more or less close).
O daughters 1323
{1323} Prime
From H1129 (as feminine of H1121); a daughter (used in the same wide sense as other terms of relationship, literally and figuratively).
of Yærûšälaim יְרוּשָׁלִַם. 3389
{3389} Prime
A dual (in allusion to its two main hills (the true pointing, at least of the former reading, seems to be that of H3390)); probably from (the passive participle of) H3384 and H7999; founded peaceful; Jerushalaim or Jerushalem, the capital city of Palestine.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Song of Songs 5:16

_ _ Literally, “His palate is sweetness, yea, all over loveliness,” that is, He is the essence of these qualities.

_ _ mouth — so Song of Songs 1:2, not the same as “lips” (Song of Songs 5:13), His breath (Isaiah 11:4; John 20:22). “All over,” all the beauties scattered among creatures are transcendently concentrated in Him (Colossians 1:19; Colossians 2:9).

_ _ my beloved — for I love Him.

_ _ my friend — for He loves me (Proverbs 18:24). Holy boasting (Psalms 34:2; 1 Corinthians 1:31).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Song of Songs 5:9-16.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Song of Songs 5:16

Altogether — Not to run out into more particulars.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
Heb. palate,
Song of Songs 1:2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love [is] better than wine.
Psalms 19:10 More to be desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Psalms 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! [yea, sweeter] than honey to my mouth!
Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.


Song of Songs 1:16 Behold, thou [art] fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed [is] green.
Song of Songs 2:1 I [am] the rose of Sharon, [and] the lily of the valleys.
Song of Songs 2:3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so [is] my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit [was] sweet to my taste.
Psalms 45:2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
Psalms 89:6 For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? [who] among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?
Psalms 148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory [is] above the earth and heaven.
Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ... Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Philippians 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things [but] loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ,
1 Peter 2:6-7 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. ... Unto you therefore which believe [he is] precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

my beloved:

Song of Songs 2:16 My beloved [is] mine, and I [am] his: he feedeth among the lilies.
Song of Songs 6:3 I [am] my beloved's, and my beloved [is] mine: he feedeth among the lilies.
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.


Jeremiah 3:20 Surely [as] a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD.
Hosea 3:1 Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of [her] friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.
James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
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Ps 19:10; 45:2; 89:6; 119:103; 148:13. So 1:2, 16; 2:1, 3, 16; 6:3. Is 9:6. Jr 3:20; 15:16. Ho 3:1. Ga 2:20. Php 3:8. Jm 2:23; 4:4. 1P 2:6.

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“His mouth is most sweet” – Song of Songs 5:16. When apostle John wrote his second letter to the lovers of Christ, he closed it with the thought that soon he would be with them and be able to speak “mouth to mouth” to them (2 John 1:12). It is far better to speak “mouth to mouth” or face to face with the ones you love. The precious Word of God is our daily delight, but when the written words become the words of “His mouth” there is an unspeakable joy and comfort from Him! It is at this time that His words unveil His face.
- Frank Pytel, "The Two Become One" (12/7/2018 5:16:42 AM)
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