Song of Solomon

King James Version (KJV)

King James Bible KJV

Song of Solomon 1:16

“Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Behold, thou art faire, my beloued; yea pleasant: also our bedde is greene.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"How handsome you are, my beloved, {And} so pleasant! Indeed, our couch is luxuriant!
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: Also our couch is green.
- American Standard Version (1901)

See, you are fair, my loved one, and a pleasure; our bed is green.
- Basic English Bible

Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant; Also our bed is green.
- Darby Bible

Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yes, pleasant: also our bed is green.
- Webster's Bible

Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, yes, pleasant; and our couch is verdant. Lover
- World English Bible

Lo, thou [art] fair, my love, yea, pleasant, Yea, our couch [is] green,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant; also our couch is leafy.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Song of Solomon 1:16

1:16 Behold - The church here again speaks, and retorts Christ's words; thou, and thou only art fair indeed. Pleasant - As thou art beautiful in thyself, so thou art amiable and pleasant in thy condescention to me. Bed - This seems to denote the place where the church enjoys sweet fellowship with Christ, by his spirit accompanying his ordinances. Green - Is pleasant, as that colour to the eye.

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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