Song of Songs 4:9

Song of Songs 4:9

Song of Songs 4:9 NIV
9 You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart
with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.

Song of Songs 4:9 ESV
9 You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride; you have captivated my heart
with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.

Song of Songs 4:9 EXB
9 My sister [ an ancient term of endearment], my bride; you have thrilled my heart [drive me crazy]; you have thrilled my heart [drive me crazy] with a [ one] glance of your eyes, with one sparkle [ jewel] from your necklace.

Song of Songs 4:9 LEB
9 You have stolen (my) heart, my sister bride! You have stolen my heart with one glance from your eyes, with one ornament from your necklaces.

The bridegroom speaks in the first fifteen verses of this chapter of Song of Songs primarily speaking to the beauty of his bride to be. In the verse above he speaks of how she has stolen / captivated / thrilled his heart. The translations above show the difficulty in translating this simply and straightforwardly when it is a poem of love and passion.

Along with the ‘standard’ commentaries you will find at biblehub.com I recommend the seven minute video from the Bible Project which may be found here and it was very illuminating as to its poetic structure. Then there are three different articles which proved to also provide some insight:

Before turning to any of these resources, read the verses yourself, in context, and be aware of your own thoughts and questions, then look and see what answers your questions or confirms your own thoughts or provides new fresh insight.

Now to the verse of today, the shepherd is in love, madly in love and it appears to have been love at first sight. I say this because it was with one glance of her eyes that his heart was stolen-captivated-thrilled – likely all three. This happened because (according to Matthew Poole) the shepherd was overcome with her beauty, and therefore completely desirous of her company.

Precious little is said about his heart and perhaps little needs to be said as he has given it to her already or she has already captured it or both. No matter as it is a great picture of love for his bride to be. Oddly enough, reading the Old Testament or the New Testament there are incredible pictures of God’s great love for us as well – from his warnings and statements of love through all of His prophets to providing His only begotten Son as a ransom for our sins. Incredible love.

It’s Monday, have a Great Week. Read beyond Song of Songs and experience God’s great love for you, for us.