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The Song of Songs, or Song of Solomon, is traditionally attributed to King Solomon, but may have actually been written between 500 to 300 B.C.E

The title is newer than the text. Jewish tradition interprets the explicit love poetry as an expression of God's love for the Jewish people. In modern times it is understood by many to be simply a love poem. Consistent with replacement theology or supersessionism (see  Christian Zionism)  Christians traditionally interpret the Song of Songs as an expression of Christ's love for the Church. Many of the verses have become popular songs in modern Israel. In medieval times, many parts of the Song of Songs were amalgamated into the cult of Mary and were used in the "Hours." The woodcut at right shows an illustration used in such horae. See Song of Songs: Cult of Mary Song of Songs: Mariolatry

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Song of Songs Chapter 1

SONG OF SONGS 1:1 The song of songs, which is Solomon's.

SONG OF SONGS 1:2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.

SONG OF SONGS 1:3 Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.

SONG OF SONGS 1:4 Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

SONG OF SONGS 1:5 I am black, but comely,* O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.

SONG OF SONGS 1:6 Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.

SONG OF SONGS 1:7 Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?

SONG OF SONGS 1:8 If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.

SONG OF SONGS 1:9 I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots.

SONG OF SONGS 1:10 Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold.

SONG OF SONGS 1:11 We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.

SONG OF SONGS 1:12 While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.

SONG OF SONGS 1:13 A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.

SONG OF SONGS 1:14 My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.

SONG OF SONGS 1:15 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes.

SONG OF SONGS 1:16 Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.

SONG OF SONGS 1:17 The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.


* In Hebrew - She'hora ani Vena'ava - I am black and comely. These lines have been made into a popular Hebrew song. Evidently, the British translators were racist. Note that the interpretation below is racist as well. 

The interpretations below are taken from the 1599 edition of the Geneva Bible (see History of the King James Version) which preceded the King James Version. They reflect Christian theology, and also show us the differences between the King James Version and the Geneva Bible.

1:2 Let {a} him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love [is] better than wine.
(a) This is spoken in the person of the Church, or of the faithful soul inflamed with the desire of Christ, whom she loves.

1:3 Because of the {b} savour of thy good ointments thy name [is as] ointment poured forth, therefore do the {c} virgins love thee.
(b) The feeling of your great benefits.
(c) They that are pure in heart and conversation.

1:4 {d} Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his {e} chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.
(d) The faithful confess that they cannot come to Christ, unless they are drawn.
(e) Meaning the secret joy that is not known to the world.

1:5 I [am] {f} black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of {g} Kedar, as the {h} curtains of Solomon.
(f) The Church confesses her spots and sin, but has confidence in the favour of Christ.
(g) Kedar was Ishmael's son, of whom came the Arabians that dwelt in tents.
(h) Which within were all set with precious stones and jewels.

1:6 Look not upon me, because I [am] {i} black, because the {k} sun hath looked upon me: {l} my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; [but] my own vineyard have I not {m} kept.
(i) Consider not the Church by the outward appearance.
(k) The corruption of nature through sin and afflictions.
(l) My own brethren who should have most favoured me.
(m) She confesses her own negligence.

1:7 Tell me, {n} O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest [thy flock] to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of {o}
thy companions?
(n) The spouse feeling her fault flees to her husband only for comfort.
(o) Whom you have called to the dignity of pastors, and they set forth their own dreams instead of your doctrine.

1:8 {p} If thou knowest not, O thou fairest among women, go forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.
(p) Christ speaks to his Church, bidding them that are ignorant to go to the pastors to learn.

1:9 I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's {q} chariots.
(q) For your spiritual beauty and excellency there was no worldly treasure to be compared to you.

1:12 {r} While the king [sitteth] at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth its fragrance.
(r) The Church rejoices that she is admitted to the company of Christ.

1:13 A bundle of myrrh [is] my wellbeloved to me; he shall lie all night between my {s} breasts.
(s) He will be most dear to me.

1:16 Behold, thou [art] fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our {u} bed [is] green.
(u) That is, the heart of the faithful, in which Christ dwells by his Spirit.

 


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