Song of Solomon

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Song of Solomon 1:8

“If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

If thou know not (O thou fairest among women) goe thy way forth by the footsteps of the flocke, and feede thy kiddes beside the shepheards tents.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"If you yourself do not know, Most beautiful among women, Go forth on the trail of the flock And pasture your young goats By the tents of the shepherds.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, Go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, And feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If you have not knowledge, O most beautiful among women, go on your way in the footsteps of the flock, and give your young goats food by the tents of the keepers.
- Basic English Bible

If thou know not, thou fairest among women, Go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, And feed thy kids beside the shepherds' booths.
- Darby Bible

If thou knowest not, O thou fairest among women, go forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds tents.
- Webster's Bible

If you don't know, most beautiful among women, follow the tracks of the sheep. Graze your young goats beside the shepherds' tents.
- World English Bible

If thou knowest not, O fair among women, Get thee forth by the traces of the flock, And feed thy kids by the shepherds' dwellings!
- Youngs Literal Bible

If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock and feed thy kids, beside the shepherds' tents.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Song of Solomon 1:8


1:8 If - This is Christ's answer. Go - Observe and follow the paths which my sheep have trodden before thee, my faithful servants, Abraham, and others. For the church in all ages is one and the same, and there is but one way for the substance, in which all the saints from the beginning of the world walk, Christ being the same yesterday, and to day, and forever. Feed - Take care for the feeding of all, and especially young and weak Christians. Beside - Under the conduct, and according to the instruction of my faithful shepherds, chiefly those who have gone before thee, the prophets and apostles, and in subordination to them, and to their writings, and to others whom I shall raise from time to time to feed my people.


Discussion for Song of Solomon 1

  • 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.
  • 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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