Song of Solomon

King James Version (KJV)

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Song of Solomon 1:13

“A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A bundle of myrrhe is my welbeloued vnto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"My beloved is to me a pouch of myrrh Which lies all night between my breasts.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

My beloved is unto me `as' a bundle of myrrh, That lieth betwixt my breasts.
- American Standard Version (1901)

As a bag of myrrh is my well-loved one to me, when he is at rest all night between my breasts.
- Basic English Bible

A bundle of myrrh is my beloved unto me; He shall pass the night between my breasts.
- Darby Bible

A bundle of myrrh is my well beloved to me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.
- Webster's Bible

My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh, that lies between my breasts.
- World English Bible

A bundle of myrrh [is] my beloved to me, Between my breasts it lodgeth.
- Youngs Literal Bible

My beloved is unto me as a bag of myrrh, that lieth betwixt my breasts.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Song of Solomon 1:13

1:13 Myrrh - Myrrh, was ever reckoned among the best perfumes. Shall lie - This phrase may denote the churches intimate union with, and hearty affection to Christ.

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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