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Verses of Song of Solomon 2

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Song of Solomon 2:1 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Ch. Son 2:1-2. In Son 2:1 the bride speaks, describing herself as a humble meadow flower unfit to be in such a luxurious place as that in which she now finds herself, and in Son 2:2 Solomon replies.

1. Render, I am a crocus of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.

the rose of Sharon ] The Heb. word chabhatstseleth, which occurs besides only in Isa 35:1, can hardly mean a rose. The LXX, Vulg., and Targ. to Isa 35:1 translate it ‘lily,’ but as we have shôshannâh for lily in the next clause, it is probably some other flower. The Targum here gives narqôs rattîb, ‘the green narcissus,’ but Gesen. Thes. prefers the Syriac translation, Colchicum autumnale or meadow saffron, a meadow flower like the crocus, white and violet in colour, and having poisonous bulbs. This is the most probable of the proposed identifications, though Tristram, Nat. Hist. of Bible, p. 476, decides for the sweet-scented narcissus, Narcissus tazetta, a native of Palestine, and a flower of which the natives are passionately fond. While it is in flower it is to be seen in all the bazaars, and the men as well as the women at that season always carry two or three blossoms which they are constantly smelling.

Sharon ] is generally supposed to be the great plain of Sharon to the S. of Carmel on the Mediterranean coast, stretching from Caesarea to Joppa. But the word probably means ‘a plain,’ and might, consequently, be applied by the inhabitants of any district to the plain in their neighbourhood. This is supported by the fact that Eusebius states that the district from Tabor to the Lake of Gennesaret was called Sharon, so here we may render either a crocus of Sharon, or of the plain, as in the LXX.

the lily ] Rather, a lily. Shôshannâh must be a red flower; cp. Son 5:13, “His lips are like lilies.” Tristram, Nat. Hist. p. 464, identifies it with the scarlet Anemone coronaria. It is found everywhere, on all soils and in all situations. It meets every requirement of the allusions in Canticles and is one of the flowers called susan by the Arabs.

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 2

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Song of Solomon 2:1 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Song of Solomon 2:1 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Song of Solomon 2:1 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Song of Solomon 2:1 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

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Song of Solomon 2:1 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Song of Solomon 2:1 - Expositor's Dictionary of Text by Robertson

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Song of Solomon 2:1 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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Song of Solomon 2:1 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

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Song of Solomon 2:1 - The People's Bible by Joseph Parker

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Song of Solomon 2:1 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

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Song of Solomon 2:1 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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