Song of Solomon

King James Version (KJV)

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Song of Solomon 1:14

“My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

My beloued is vnto me, as a cluster of Camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms In the vineyards of Engedi."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

My beloved is unto me `as' a cluster of henna-flowers In the vineyards of En-gedi.
- American Standard Version (1901)

My love is to me as a branch of the cypress-tree in the vine-gardens of En-gedi.
- Basic English Bible

My beloved is unto me a cluster of henna-flowers In the vineyards of Engedi.
- Darby Bible

My beloved is to me as a cluster of camphor in the vineyards of En-gedi.
- Webster's Bible

My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi. Lover
- World English Bible

A cluster of cypress [is] my beloved to me, In the vineyards of En-Gedi!
- Youngs Literal Bible

My beloved is unto me as a cluster of henna in the vineyards of En-gedi.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Song of Solomon 1:14


1:14 Camphire - We are not concerned to know exactly what this was; it being confessed, that it was some grateful plant, and that it sets forth that great delight which the church hath in the enjoyment of Christ. Engedi - A pleasant and well - watered place in the tribe of Judah, where there were many pleasant plants.


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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