Song of Solomon 4:11



Thy lips, O [my] spouse, drop [as] the honeycomb
Words, for sweetness, delight, and pleasure, like that; so the speech of persons, flowing from their mouth and tongue, is said to be sweeter than the honeycomb; and lovers are said to be sweeter to one another than the sweet honey: so the lips or words of the church in prayer,  in praise of Christ, and thankfulness to him; or in the ministration of the doctrines of the Gospel, which are pleasant words; or in common conversation, are pleasing to Christ; when, like the honey, they drop freely and without constraint; gradually, at proper seasons and opportunities, as prudence directs; and continually, more or less, ever dropping something to the glory of divine grace, and the good of souls; compare that with “the poison of asps was under your lips, and your mouth was full of bitterness” (Romans 3:13-14). Moody Stuart illustrates this by the cursing of the thief who when born again sweetly and encouragingly asks Christ to remember him.

honey and milk [are] under thy tongue;
Galen  says, it was not safe to take goats’ milk without honey; and, it may be further observed, that such a mixture of milk and honey, with poppies in it, was given to the newly married bride, and drank when brought home to her husband; which was now the case of the church. The doctrines of the Gospel may be meant, comparable to honey and milk; to “honey”, for their sweetness and acceptableness: for their nourishing nature; and for, their being gathered out of the choice flowers of the Scriptures, by the laborious ministers of the word, who are like to bees; see ( Psalm 19:10 ) ( 119:103 ) ; to “milk”, for the purity of them and the nourishment had by them; for their being easy of digestion, when mixed with faith; ( 1 Peter 2:2 ) ;

and the smell of thy garments [is] like the smell of Lebanon;
the ancients formerly scented their garments; such are Christ’s robe of righteousness, and garments of salvation, which are said to “smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia”; with which the saints being arrayed, the smell of their raiment is as “the smell of a field the Lord has blessed”, and so like the smell of Lebanon, a mountain abounding with odoriferous trees and plants; see ( Psalm 45:8 ) ( Genesis 27:27 ) ( Hosea 14:6 ) . Or the outward conversation garments of the saints may be designed, the mention of which fitly follows the lips and tongue; for when works go along with words, and practice with profession; when to lips dropping the doctrines of the Gospel, like the honeycomb, are joined the sweet smelling garments of an agreeable life and conversation; the Christian is very much ornamented, and becomes lovely and amiable.(c.f. Jude 23).

John Gill (unless otherwise stated).


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