Song of Solomon

King James Version (KJV)

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Song of Solomon 1:10

“Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Thy cheekes are comely with rowes of iewels, thy necke with chaines of golde.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, Your neck with strings of beads."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Thy cheeks are comely with plaits `of hair', Thy neck with strings of jewels.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Your face is a delight with rings of hair, your neck with chains of jewels.
- Basic English Bible

Thy cheeks are comely with bead-rows, Thy neck with ornamental chains.
- Darby Bible

Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold.
- Webster's Bible

Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels.
- World English Bible

Comely have been thy cheeks with garlands, Thy neck with chains.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Thy cheeks are comely with circlets, thy neck with beads.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Song of Solomon 1:10


1:10 Jewels - Which being fastened to the heads of brides, used to hang down upon their cheeks, in those times. He mentions the cheeks, as the chief seat of beauty. Chains - Whereby, as well as by the rows of jewels: he may seem to design all those persons and things wherewith the church is made beautiful in the eyes of God, and of men, such as excellent ministers, and saints, righteous laws, holy ordinances, and the gifts and graces of God's spirit.


Discussion for Song of Solomon 1

  • Lu2677
    This is a romantic love song by Solomon to a woman! Given as an example as how men are suppose to love their wives.
  • Nghia huynh
    I agree with Mary's idea . As I went through the chapters song of songs , there was a female mentioned here, and she was black. And the whole chapters never mentioned God. When we read the Bible that mentioned about the Queen Shiba, I already got my thought that she perhaps became King Salomon's lover and so on.
  • Adriano Belotti
    I think the Song of Solomon is true in what loves is all about. Some times we do things that pulls us from what God wants from us and do wat we think God wants us to do. Love is the only thing that God has for us that makes Him forgive us for those things. The same in a marriage. If one makes a mistake ask for forgiveness from your hard as we do to God and be sincere. Love is for eve so is God.
  • AZAGLO DESMOND
    SOLOMON IS TALKING ABOUT THE LOVE OF GOD IN HIS LIFE.
  • John
    Hi Julian. Read a little more carefully! It 's not King Solomon talking in verse 5, it 's the women who he loves.
  • I believe that this is not intentionally racist, nor is it meant to be taken entirely literally. Very dark flesh in the ancient middle east would 've been slightly exotic, but it also is a common descriptor for evil or sinful ideas and actions. This was a way of saying that not all things dark fall into that category. It was also seen as an allusion to the queen of Sheba by the alchemists of the middle ages and renaissance and a common fantasy of the white European or Anglo was to purify the dark black earthly feminine into its golden white counterpart. One of many ways of describing the process of transmutation from the lead of simple fallen earthly woman to the golden white of the ineffable godhead. Also according to other myths of the time Solomon and the queen of Sheba have a daughter named Bellacarne who is black and white and whose name means "beautiful flesh " roughly translated. I think this proves that it is less to do with race and more to do with a balancing of the two extremes. Beautiful words.

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