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Song of Solomon 4:1 - How beautiful you are, my darling!

NIV How beautiful you are, my darling!
Oh, how beautiful!
Your eyes behind your veil are doves.
KJV Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.
NASB How beautiful you are, my darling,
How beautiful you are!
Your eyes are like doves behind your veil;
Song of Solomon 4:1


Solomon lavishly praises his bride's great beauty. He uses verbal symbols of loveliness to paint a picture of the breathtaking charm of the Shulamite. Dove's eyes (2:14) are a picture of purity, innocence, and beauty (as in 1:15). The bride's veil would have covered the rest of her face, leaving only her beautiful eyes to be seen (2:14; 5:7).

Radmacher, Earl D. ; Allen, Ronald Barclay ; House, H. Wayne: Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Commentary. Nashville : T. Nelson Publishers, 1999, S. So 4:1

Did you know?

Marriage is more than a contract that two people make for their mutual benefit. Because they make their marriage vows in God's presence and in His name, they may draw power from God to fulfill those vows. God becomes a supporting party to the marriage. New Testament writers understood that Christian marriage is created and maintained by Christ.
Packer, J.I. ; Tenney, Merrill Chapin ; White, William: Nelson's Illustrated Manners and Customs of the Bible. Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 1997, c1995, S. 432

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