Song of Songs 1

1:1 Solomon’s Song of Songs [this is the title; the song begins in verse 2; the song is not linked to any event or person in Solomon’s life; the song has three singing parts: a male, a female, a female chorus].

[male exchanging compliments with female] How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves [either round or peaceful in appearance].

1:16 [female returns the compliment] How handsome you are, my lover! Oh, how charming! And our bed is verdant [lush and luxurious, like a tree with thick, green foliage].

1:17 The beams of our house are cedars [having a house paneled with cedar was a luxury; refers to an arbor of cedars and firs (an idyllic love setting on a verdant bed under open skies)]; our rafters are firs.

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