Song of Solomon

King James Version (KJV)

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Song of Solomon 1:12

“While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth foorth the smell thereof.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"While the king was at his table, My perfume gave forth its fragrance.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

While the king sat at his table, My spikenard sent forth its fragrance.
- American Standard Version (1901)

While the king is seated at his table, my spices send out their perfume.
- Basic English Bible

While the king is at his table, My spikenard sendeth forth its fragrance.
- Darby Bible

While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth its smell.
- Webster's Bible

While the king sat at his table, my perfume spread its fragrance.
- World English Bible

While the king [is] in his circle, My spikenard hath given its fragrance.
- Youngs Literal Bible

While the king sat at his table, my spikenard sent forth its fragrance.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Song of Solomon 1:12

1:12 The king - My royal husband. Sitteth - With me in his ordinances. Spikenard - The graces of his spirit conferred upon me, here compared to those sweet ointments, which the master of the feast caused to be poured out upon the heads of the guests, #Luke 7:38|, in which ointments, spikenard was a chief ingredient. Sendeth - This denotes the exercise and manifestation of her graces, which is a sweet smelling savour in the nostrils of her husband, and of her companies.

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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