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

“locked up garden.” It is important to understand the cultural difference between a biblical “garden” from this time period and our modern “garden.” A biblical “garden” was more like a small park, with water, shade trees, and plants of all sorts, where the owner could go and relax and enjoy himself (cp. Ecc. 2:4-6). In contrast, too often our modern “gardens” are simply rows of vegetable or flowers. The fact that the Beloved is described as a “locked up garden,” indicates the woman has not as yet opened herself up to the Lover.


Commentary for: Song of Songs 4:12