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Song of Solomon Chapter 1

Song of Solomon 1:2
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.

Song of Solomon 1:3
1:3 Because of the {b} savour of thy good ointments thy name [is
    as] ointment poured forth, therefore do the {c} virgins love

    (b) The feeling of your great benefits.
    (c) They that are pure in heart and conversation.

Song of Solomon 1:4
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.

Song of Solomon 1:5
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

Song of Solomon 1:6
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.

Song of Solomon 1:7
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.

Song of Solomon 1:8
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.

Song of Solomon 1:9
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.

Song of Solomon 1:12
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.

Song of Solomon 1:13
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.

Song of Solomon 1:16
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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