Song of Songs 2:16


16 My beloved is mine and I am his; he browses among the lilies.

Song of Solomon 2:16 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.
English Standard Version (ESV)
16 My beloved is mine, and I am his; he grazes among the lilies.
New Living Translation (NLT)
16 My lover is mine, and I am his. He browses among the lilies.
The Message Bible (MSG)
16 My lover is mine, and I am his. Nightly he strolls in our garden, Delighting in the flowers
American Standard Version (ASV)
16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: He feedeth [his flock] among the lilies.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
16 My beloved is mine, and I am his. He is the one who grazes his flock among the lilies.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
16 "My love belongs to me, and I belong to him. Like an antelope, he eats among the lilies.

Song of Songs 2:16 Meaning and Commentary

Song of Solomon 2:16

My beloved [is] mine, and I [am] his
These are the words of the church; who, having had such evidences of Christ's love to her, and care of her, expresses her faith of interest in him, and suggests the obligations she lay under to observe his commands. The words are expressive of the mutual interest had property Christ and his church have in each other: Christ is the church's, by the Father's gift of him to her, to be her Head, Husband, and Saviour; and by the gift of himself unto her, to be her Redeemer and ransom price; and by marriage, having espoused her to himself, in righteousness and lovingkindness; and by possession, he living and dwelling in her, by his Spirit and grace: the church also acknowledges herself to be his, as she was, by the Father's gift of her to Christ, as his spouse and bride, his portion and inheritance; and by purchase, he having bought her with his precious blood; and by the conquest of her, by his grace in effectual calling; and by a voluntary surrender of herself unto him, under the influence of his grace: hence all he is, and has, are hers, his person, fulness, blood, and righteousness; and therefore can want no good thing. Moreover, these words suggest the near union there is between Christ and his church; they are one in a conjugal relation, as husband and wife are one; which union is personal, of the whole person of Christ to the whole persons of his people; it is a spiritual one, they having the same Spirit, the one without measure, the other in measure; it is a vital one, as is between the vine and its branches; and it is a mysterious one, next to that of the union of the three Persons in the Godhead, and of the two natures in Christ; it is an indissoluble one, the everlasting love of Christ being the bond of it, which call never be dissolved; and from this union flow a communication of the names of Christ to his church, conformity to him, communion with him, and an interest in all he has. Likewise these phrases express the mutual affliction, complacency, and delight, Christ and his church have in each other; he is beloved by his church, and she by him; she seems to have a full assurance of interest in him, and to make her boast of him; excluding all other beloveds, as unworthy to be mentioned with him: of whom she further says, he feedeth among the lilies;
which is either an apostrophe to him, "O thou that feedest" thou only art my beloved; or is descriptive of him to others, inquiring who he was, and where to be seen: the answer is, he is the person that is yonder, feeding among the lilies; either recreating and delighting himself in his gardens, the churches, where his saints are, comparable to lilies; (See Gill on Song of Solomon 2:1), and (See Gill on Song of Solomon 2:2); or feeding his sheep in fields where lilies grow: and it may be observed, it is not said, he feedeth on, or feeds his flock with lilies, but among them; for it is remarked F25, that sheep will not eat them: or the sense may be, Christ feeds himself, and feeds his people, and feeds among them, as if he was crowned with lilies, and anointed with the oil of them; as was the custom of the ancients at festivals F26, thought to be here alluded to by some who read the words, "that feeds"; that is, sups in or with lilies, being anointed and crowned with them. The lily is a summer flower F1; the winter was now past, ( Song of Solomon 2:11 ) .


F25 Tuccius in Soto Major in loc.
F26 Vid. Fortunat. Schacc. Eleochrysm. Sacr. l. 1. c. 28. p. 137.
F1 Theophrast. apud Athenaeum in Deipnosoph. l. 15. c. 7. p. 679.

Song of Songs 2:16 In-Context

14 My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
15 Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.
16 My beloved is mine and I am his; he browses among the lilies.
17 Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the rugged hills.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Song of Songs 7:10
  • 2. Song of Songs 4:5; Song of Songs 6:3
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