Song of Solomon 3:3
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New International Version
The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city. "Have you seen the one my heart loves?"

New Living Translation
The watchmen stopped me as they made their rounds, and I asked, "Have you seen the one I love?"

English Standard Version
The watchmen found me as they went about in the city. “Have you seen him whom my soul loves?”

New American Standard Bible
"The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me, And I said, 'Have you seen him whom my soul loves?'

King James Bible
The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The guards who go about the city found me. I asked them, "Have you seen the one I love?"

International Standard Version
The watchmen who go all around the city found me. I asked, "Have you seen the one I love?"

NET Bible
The night watchmen found me--the ones who guard the city walls. "Have you seen my beloved?"

New Heart English Bible
The watchmen who go about the city found me; "Have you seen him whom my soul loves?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The watchmen making their rounds in the city found me. [I asked,] "Have you seen the one I love?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
The watchmen that go about the city found me: 'Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?'

New American Standard 1977
“The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me,
            And I said, ‘Have you seen him whom my soul loves?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
The watchmen that go about the city found me, to whom I said, Have ye seen him whom my soul loves?

King James 2000 Bible
The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw you him whom my soul loves?

American King James Version
The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw you him whom my soul loves?

American Standard Version
The watchmen that go about the city found me; To whom I said , Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?

Douay-Rheims Bible
The watchmen who keep the city, found me: Have you seen him, whom my soul loveth?

Darby Bible Translation
The watchmen that go about the city found me: -- Have ye seen him whom my soul loveth?

English Revised Version
The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?

Webster's Bible Translation
The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?

World English Bible
The watchmen who go about the city found me; "Have you seen him whom my soul loves?"

Young's Literal Translation
The watchmen have found me, (Who are going round about the city), 'Him whom my soul have loved saw ye?'
Study Bible
The Bride's Dream
2'I must arise now and go about the city; In the streets and in the squares I must seek him whom my soul loves.' I sought him but did not find him. 3"The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me, And I said, 'Have you seen him whom my soul loves?' 4"Scarcely had I left them When I found him whom my soul loves; I held on to him and would not let him go Until I had brought him to my mother's house, And into the room of her who conceived me."…
Cross References
Isaiah 21:6
For thus the Lord says to me, "Go, station the lookout, let him report what he sees.

Isaiah 21:11
The oracle concerning Edom. One keeps calling to me from Seir, "Watchman, how far gone is the night? Watchman, how far gone is the night?"
Treasury of Scripture

The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw you him whom my soul loves?

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Songs 5:7 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they …

Isaiah 21:6-8,11,12 For thus has the LORD said to me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare …

Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb …

Isaiah 62:6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never …

Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel: therefore …

Ezekiel 33:2-9 Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them, …

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for …

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John 20:15 Jesus said to her, Woman, why weep you? whom seek you? She, supposing …

(3) The watchmen that go about the city.--"Henceforward until morning the streets are deserted and silent, with only here and there a company returning from a visit, with a servant bearing a lantern before them. The city-guard creeps softly about in utter darkness, and apprehends all found walking in the streets without a light" (Thomson, Land and Book, p. 32--in description of Beirt).

Verse 3. - The watchmen that go about the city found me: (to whom I said) Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? The simplicity of these words is very striking. They confirm the view that the bride is recalling what occurred in her country life. The watchmen make no reply, and do not treat her ill, as in the dream related in Song of Solomon 5:7, where they are keepers of the walls, and smite her and wound her. In a small country town she might have been recognized, or known to be really in trouble. But such incidents must not be pressed too much in a poem. The allegorical view finds considerable support in the fact that it is difficult on any hypothesis exactly to explain the language as descriptive of real occurrences. In such instances as Psalm 127:1 and Isaiah 52:8 the reference to watchmen in the city shows that such a metaphor would be familiarly understood. Whether adopted from Solomon's Song or not, the figure of a city watched and guarded, and the people of God as watching for the glory of Zion, was common in the prophetic writings. The soul seeking for its object and for the restoration of its peace calls in the aid of the faithful guardians of the holy city, the friends alike of the Saviour and of those who desire to be his. The watchmen that go about the city found me,.... By whom are meant the ministers of the Gospel; who are called watchmen, as the prophets were under the Old Testament, Isaiah 52:8; in allusion to watchmen in cities; and are so called in regard to themselves, it being their duty to watch over themselves; and to their doctrine, and all opportunities to preach it, and the success of it: their business with respect to others is to give the time of night; to point out the state and condition of the church; to give notice of danger to sinners in the broad road to destruction; and to saints, through the prevalence of error, heresy, and immorality; all which require sobriety, vigilance, prudence, courage, and faithfulness; and show the necessity and utility of the Gospel ministry, and the awfulness of it; and the care Christ takes of his churches, in providing such officers in them. These are said to "go about the city", denoting their industry and diligence; and being in the way of their duty, they "found" the church, fell upon her case in their ministry, and hit it exactly; which shows the efficacy of the word under a divine direction; which finds out sinners, and their sins; saints, and their particular cases, unknown to ministers; and the church, having met with something suitable to her case under their ministry,

to whom I said, took an opportunity privately to discourse with them, and put this question to them,

Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? meaning Christ; who was still the object of her love, and uppermost in her thoughts; whom she thus describes, without mentioning his name, as if he was the only "Him" in the world worthy of any regard; which shows how much he was in her mind, how much the desires and affections of her soul were towards him, and that these ministers needed no other description of him. No answer is returned to her question that is recorded; not because they were not able to give one, nor because they did not; and if they did not, it might be owing to her haste, not waiting for one; and if they did, she not being able to apply it to her case, no notice is taken of it: however, though she did not find immediate relief by them, yet she met with something from them that was of use to her afterwards, as appears by what follows. 3. watchmen—ministers (Isa 62:6; Jer 6:17; Eze 3:17; Heb 13:17), fit persons to consult (Isa 21:11; Mal 2:7).

found me—the general ministry of the Word "finds" individually souls in quest of Jesus Christ (Ge 24:27, end of verse Ac 16:14); whereas formalists remain unaffected.3:1-5 It was hard to the Old Testament church to find Christ in the ceremonial law; the watchmen of that church gave little assistance to those who sought after him. The night is a time of coldness, darkness, and drowsiness, and of dim apprehensions concerning spiritual things. At first, when uneasy, some feeble efforts are made to obtain the comfort of communion with Christ. This proves in vain; the believer is then roused to increased diligence. The streets and broad-ways seem to imply the means of grace in which the Lord is to be sought. Application is made to those who watch for men's souls. Immediate satisfaction is not found. We must not rest in any means, but by faith apply directly to Christ. The holding of Christ, and not letting him go, denotes earnest cleaving to him. What prevails is a humble, ardent suing by prayer, with a lively exercise of faith on his promises. So long as the faith of believers keeps hold of Christ, he will not be offended at their earnest asking, yea, he is well pleased with it. The believer desires to make others acquainted with his Saviour. Wherever we find Christ, we must take him home with us to our houses, especially to our hearts; and we should call upon ourselves and each other, to beware of grieving our holy Comforter, and provoking the departure of the Beloved.
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