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

  • John
    Hi Julian. Read a little more carefully! It 's not King Solomon talking in verse 5, it 's the women who he loves.
  • Julian
    SOLOMON IS SAYING "I AM BLACK AND BEAUTIFUL DO NOT LOOK DOWN UPON ME BECAUSE I AM BLACK, BECAUSE THE SUN HAVE TAKEN HEAT UNTO MY FLESH ".......... SOLOMON IS INDEED DARK SKINNED, WHY DO YOU THINK They Mistaked The JEWS FOR BEING EGYPTIAN? For Example PAUL....EGYPT IS AFRICA, THE JEWS ARE INDEED BLACK PEOPLE........2 Peter 1:20 The scriptures are of no Private interpretation THEY ARE INDEED BLACK Christ Rev 1:14-15Rev.1:14-15 feet like burnt brass BURNT BRASS!!! GOD didn 't leave his people void...
  • 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.
  • Mary
    Salomon is talking about his passionate love for The Queen of Shiba, that resulted is the fall of Israel He loved this woman the same love his father David loved Bashiba, ready to forget his covenant with God for her. And that resulted in his own fall and the all of Israel. I wonder if that would have happened if those priest would have left him love the woman of his heart, that 's all he wanted.
  • William
    Written by solomon,this book was probably inspired by the wife of his youth, Naamah. It is a wonderful book showing the beauty of marital love.

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