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

  • 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.
  • 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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