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
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
(k) The corruption of nature through sin and
(l) My own brethren who should have most favoured
(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
(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.
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
(s) He will be most dear to me.
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.