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Song of Songs 4:12-15 The Passion Translation (TPT)

12 My darling bride, my private paradise,
fastened to my heart.
A secret spring are you that no one else can have—
my bubbling fountain hidden from public view.
What a perfect partner to me now that I have you.
13–14 Your inward life is now sprouting, bringing forth fruit.
What a beautiful paradise unfolds within you.[a]
When I’m near you, I smell aromas of the finest spice,
for many clusters of my exquisite fruit
now grow within your inner garden.
Here are the nine:
pomegranates of passion,[b]
henna from heaven,[c]
spikenard so sweet,[d]
saffron shining,[e]
fragrant calamus from the cross,[f]
sacred cinnamon,[g]
branches of scented woods,[h]
myrrh, like tears from a tree,[i]
and aloe as eagles ascending.[j]
15 Your life flows into mine, pure as a garden spring.
A well of living water springs up from within you,
like a mountain brook flowing into my heart![k]

The Shulamite Bride

4:16–5:1 Then may your awakening breath
blow upon my life until I am fully yours.
Breathe upon me with your Spirit wind.
Stir up the sweet spice of your life within me.
Spare nothing as you make me your fruitful garden.
Hold nothing back until I release your fragrance.
Come walk with me as you walked
with Adam in your paradise garden.[l]
Come taste the fruits of your life in me.

The Bridegroom-King

I have come to you, my darling bride,
for you are my paradise garden!

The Shulamite Bride

Come walk with me until I am fully yours.
Come taste the fruits of your life in me.


  1. Song of Songs 4:13 Or “Your shoots are a paradise of pomegranates.”
  2. Song of Songs 4:13 “Pomegranate” is taken from a word that means “exalted.” The temple pillars were adorned with pomegranates.
  3. Song of Songs 4:13 “Henna” comes from a root word for “ransom price” or “redemption.” The fruit of mercy is seen in his maturing bride.
  4. Song of Songs 4:13 The Hebrew root word for “spikenard” means “light.” She is walking in the light as he is the Light.
  5. Song of Songs 4:13 Saffron is the crocus, the lover’s perfume, costly and fragrant.
  6. Song of Songs 4:13 Calamus is taken from a marsh plant known as “sweet flag,” which produces fragrant oil. The Hebrew word for this spice means “purchased” or “redeemed.”
  7. Song of Songs 4:13 Cinnamon emits a fragrance that is representative of an odor of holiness to the Lord. It was used in the sacred anointing oil of the priests and the tabernacle.
  8. Song of Songs 4:13 This is the incense that would be burned on the golden altar in the Holy Place.
  9. Song of Songs 4:13 Known as “tears from a tree,” myrrh was a resin spice formed by cutting a tree. It is a picture of the suffering love of Christ dripping down from Calvary’s tree.
  10. Song of Songs 4:13 Aloe is considered by many as a healing balm. The presence of the Lord within her is released as a healing balm to those she touches. Jesus’ robes smelled of aloe (Ps. 45:8). One of the names used by some for aloe is “eagle wood.” Like eagles, we fly above our wounds, free from the past as we walk in intimacy with him.
  11. Song of Songs 4:15 Or “like the flowing streams of Lebanon.”
  12. Song of Songs 4:15 The scene of a garden and the breath of God point us back to Eden. Now this paradise is found in his bride. This is the reason the reference of Adam is given: to help the reader connect with the mystery of this scene. See also Jer. 31:12 and John 15:1-2.
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