Song of Solomon 4:12

“A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse: a spring shut vp, a fountaine sealed.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"A garden locked is my sister, {my} bride, A rock garden locked, a spring sealed up.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A garden shut up is my sister, `my' bride; A spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
- American Standard Version (1901)

A garden walled-in is my sister, my bride; a garden shut up, a spring of water stopped.
- Basic English Bible

A garden enclosed is my sister, [my] spouse; A spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
- Darby Bible

A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
- Webster's Bible

A locked up garden is my sister, my bride; a locked up spring, a sealed fountain.
- World English Bible

A garden shut up [is] my sister-spouse, A spring shut up -- a fountain sealed.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A garden shut up is my sister, my bride; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Song of Solomon 4:12


4:12 A garden - For order and beauty, for pleasant walks, and flowers, and fruits. Inclosed - Defended by the care of my providence: and reserved for my proper use. Shut up - To preserve it from all pollution, and to reserve it for the use of its owner, for which reason, springs were shut up in those countries where water was scarce and precious.


Discussion for Song of Solomon 4

  • BSP
    In verse 12 the Shulammite is described as a private garden. She was chaste and would not let herself be open to just anyone.
  • Jade Alexandra Larson for verse 7
    Beautiful... Opened my eyes to so many things deep within and around me. Caused a new sense of admiration and appreciation in my heart.
  • Insight 777
    Lebanon is the symbolic love that is sought by Israel in the Song of Solomon. Lebanon is Israel 's sister as they share the same father, Abraham. Lebanon may be shown as a sister because they are the militarily weaker nation that Israel seeks to protect to join in union in a symbolic marriage as contractual allies, treating each other as family. Verse 4, Lebanons neck is compared to a military armory and verse 9 shows that one chain around this armory is seizing and taking away by force, the meaning of ravishing, Israel. This chain may be a portion of Lebanons military or government or an ally of Lebanon that is in opposition to Israel or it could be terrorists that threaten the borders of both Lebanon and Israel. Verse 9, Israel can show Lebanon the lions and leopards outside of Lebanon that want Lebanon as prey. This would be military intel that Israel has. Verse 12, a garden represents peace and the garden of Lebanon is sealed and protected if they join with Israel. Verse 16 may be saying if Lebanon joins with Israel in a contract agreement, Lebanon will be as a strong man, brother, in peace and prosper, no longer viewed as a sister that needs help.
  • TO GOD BE THE GLORY for verse 5
    Many waters can not quench love
  • Sixmund for verse 7
    Before God We Are Righteous Through Lord Jesus Christ Otherwise We Are Not
  • Sheree
    I noticed how he called his bride "My Sister" In Christ, we are brothers and sisters. We should not be married to unbelievers..

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