Song of Solomon

King James Version (KJV)

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Song of Solomon 1:3

“Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Because of the sauour of thy good ointments, thy name is as ointment powred forth, therefore doe the virgins loue thee.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Your oils have a pleasing fragrance, Your name is {like} purified oil; Therefore the maidens love you.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Thine oils have a goodly fragrance; Thy name is `as' oil poured forth; Therefore do the virgins love thee.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Sweet is the smell of your perfumes; your name is as perfume running out; so the young girls give you their love.
- Basic English Bible

Thine ointments savour sweetly; Thy name is an ointment poured forth: Therefore do the virgins love thee.
- Darby Bible

Because of the savor of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.
- Webster's Bible

Your oils have a pleasing fragrance. Your name is oil poured forth, therefore the virgins love you.
- World English Bible

For fragrance [are] thy perfumes good. Perfume emptied out -- thy name, Therefore have virgins loved thee!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Thine ointments have a goodly fragrance; thy name is as ointment poured forth; therefore do the maidens love thee.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Song of Solomon 1:3

1:3 Ointments - Because of those excellent gifts and graces of God's Spirit wherewith thou art replenished. Thy name - Thy report, the very mention of thee, and all those things by which thou makest thyself known to men, thy word, particularly thine offers of pardon and salvation to sinners; and all thy works, especially that great work of redemption is most acceptable, and refreshing. The virgins - called the companions of the bride, #Psal 45:14|, particular believers, who are called virgins, #2Cor 11:2 Rev 14:4|, who have their senses exercised to perceive this sweetness and fulness of 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.
  • Terri
    The song of Soloman to me represents the church how we long to see our betrothed coming. It 's a love story. The bride if Christ longing for her lover and her lover longing for her...I think Solomon was seeing into the future.

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