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Verses of Song of Solomon 1

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Song of Solomon 1:9 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

9. O my love ] Rather, O my friend; cp. the use of ami in French between lovers. This word ra‛yâh is found only in the Song of Solomon, except once in the plural in Jdg 11:37, where Jephthah’s daughter says “I and my companions,” and in that case there is an alternative reading. It is used in the Song indiscriminately by Solomon and by the Shulammite’s true lover.

a company of horses ] Here the A.V. follows the Vulgate, which has equitatus; and that might be the meaning as the fem. may be a collective (cp. Ges. K. Gramm. § 122 s). Oettli, however, suggests that a favourite mare is meant, and in that case we should render to my mare in Pharaoh’s chariots have I compared thee. The plural, chariots, makes a slight difficulty, but it may be meant to indicate that this favourite steed was driven in various chariots. This reference to Egyptian chariots and horses is specially Solomonic (cp. 1Ki 10:26-29), as he first introduced the horse and chariot as a regular part of the army of Israel. To us this may seem a very unbecoming simile, but in the East women are held in lighter esteem than with us, and the horse in higher esteem. Arabic poets often use such comparisons for the women they love. But perhaps there is intended here a hint of the quality of the king’s affection. Cp. Tennyson, Locksley Hall,

“He will hold thee, when his passion shall have spent its novel force,

Something better than his dog, a little dearer than his horse.”

Chap. Son 1:9 Chap. Son 2:7. A King’s Love despised

In this scene Solomon presses his love upon the Shulammite for the first time; but in reply to his endeavours to win her she always utters praises of her absent lover. She contrasts their humble woodland resting-place with the royal palace, and declares herself to be a modest country flower which cannot bloom elsewhere than in the country. Finally, grown love-sick at the thought of her lover, she turns to the ladies of the court, beseeching them to restore her strength, and adjures them not to seek to kindle love, which should always be spontaneous, by any unworthy or extraneous means.

Verses of Song of Solomon 1

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Song of Solomon 1:9 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Song of Solomon 1:9 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Song of Solomon 1:9 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Song of Solomon 1:9 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Song of Solomon 1:9 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Song of Solomon 1:9 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Song of Solomon 1:9 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Song of Solomon 1:9 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Song of Solomon 1:9 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Song of Solomon 1:9 - Geneva Bible Notes

Song of Solomon 1:9 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Song of Solomon 1:9 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Song of Solomon 1:9 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Song of Solomon 1:9 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Song of Solomon 1:9 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Song of Solomon 1:9 - The People's Bible by Joseph Parker

Song of Solomon 1:9 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Song of Solomon 1:9 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Song of Solomon 1:9 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Song of Solomon 1:9 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Song of Solomon 1:9 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Song of Solomon 1:9 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Song of Solomon 1:9 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Song of Solomon 1:9 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Song of Solomon 1:9 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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