Song of songs: Hebrew idiom for the best of songs.
Bride (see Tfn.): the maiden appears more like a young lover than a bride, but the songs would be appropriate for a wedding, recalling
early love and courtship.
The girl is often portrayed as taking the initiative. King: bridegroom; see 3.11 n.
Daughters (or “maidens”) of Jerusalem: used in
and elsewhere. The bride is addressing the chorus-companions of v. 4
where the chorus is female, perhaps consisting of wedding guests (see 5.1 n.
the chorus is male. Kedar: in northern Arabia. Shalmah: a frequent correction of the text, which reads Solomon; possibly it was near Kedar.
Dark of hue: She is more sunburned than city girls, but no less pretty.
That … lice: the Heb. text here is obscure.
En-gedi: on the western edge of the Dead Sea, the only southern Israelite reference, except for Jerusalem, in the book.
Sharon: the coastal plain in north central Israel.
A refrain (see 3.5; 8.4
), perhaps marking the end of a section. Goddesses: see Tfn.
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