1:2 Let a him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love [is] better than wine.
(a) This is spoken in the person of the Church, or of the faithful soul inflamed with the desire of Christ, whom she loves. 1:3 Because of the b savour of thy good ointments thy name [is as] ointment poured forth, therefore do the c virgins love thee.
(b) The feeling of your great benefits. 1:4 d Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his e chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.
(c) They that are pure in heart and conversation.
(d) The faithful confess that they cannot come to Christ, unless they are drawn. 1:5 I [am] f black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of g Kedar, as the h curtains of Solomon.
(e) Meaning the secret joy that is not known to the world.
(f) The Church confesses her spots and sin, but has confidence in the favour of Christ. 1:6 Look not upon me, because I [am] i black, because the k sun hath looked upon me: l my mothers children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; [but] my own vineyard have I not m kept.
(g) Kedar was Ishmaels son, of whom came the Arabians that dwelt in tents.
(h) Which within were all set with precious stones and jewels.
(i) Consider not the Church by the outward appearance. 1:7 Tell me, n O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest [thy flock] to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of o thy companions?
(k) The corruption of nature through sin and afflictions.
(l) My own brethren who should have most favoured me.
(m) She confesses her own negligence.
(n) The spouse feeling her fault flees to her husband only for comfort. 1:8 p 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.
(o) Whom you have called to the dignity of pastors, and they set forth their own dreams instead of your doctrine.
(p) Christ speaks to his Church, bidding them that are ignorant to go to the pastors to learn. 1:9 I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaohs q chariots.
(q) For your spiritual beauty and excellency there was no worldly treasure to be compared to you. 1:12 r While the king [sitteth] at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth its fragrance.
(r) The Church rejoices that she is admitted to the company of Christ. 1:13 A bundle of myrrh [is] my wellbeloved to me; he shall lie all night between my s breasts.
(s) He will be most dear to me. 1:16 Behold, thou [art] fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our u bed [is] green.
(u) That is, the heart of the faithful, in which Christ dwells by his Spirit.