Song of Solomon 6:1
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New International Version
Where has your beloved gone, most beautiful of women? Which way did your beloved turn, that we may look for him with you?

New Living Translation
Where has your lover gone, O woman of rare beauty? Which way did he turn so we can help you find him?

English Standard Version
Where has your beloved gone, O most beautiful among women? Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you?

New American Standard Bible
"Where has your beloved gone, O most beautiful among women? Where has your beloved turned, That we may seek him with you?"

King James Bible
Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Y Where has your love gone, most beautiful of women? Which way has he turned? We will seek him with you. W

International Standard Version
Where did your beloved go, most beautiful of women? Where did your beloved turn, so we may look for him with you?

NET Bible
Where has your beloved gone, O most beautiful among women? Where has your beloved turned? Tell us, that we may seek him with you.

New Heart English Bible
Where has your beloved gone, you fairest among women? Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Where did your beloved go, most beautiful of women? Where did your beloved turn? We will look for him with you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? Whither hath thy beloved turned him, That we may seek him with thee?'

New American Standard 1977
“Where has your beloved gone,
            O most beautiful among women?
            Where has your beloved turned,
            That we may seek him with you?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Where has thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? where didst thy beloved separate himself? that we may seek him with thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Where has your beloved gone, O you fairest among women? where has your beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with you.

American King James Version
Where is your beloved gone, O you fairest among women? where is your beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with you.

American Standard Version
Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? Whither hath thy beloved turned him, That we may seek him with thee?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou most beautiful among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside, and we will seek him with thee?

Darby Bible Translation
Whither is thy beloved gone, Thou fairest among women? Whither is thy beloved turned aside? And we will seek him with thee.

English Revised Version
Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither hath thy beloved turned him, that we may seek him with thee?

Webster's Bible Translation
Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee.

World English Bible
Where has your beloved gone, you fairest among women? Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you? Beloved

Young's Literal Translation
Whither hath thy beloved gone, O fair among women? Whither hath thy beloved turned, And we seek him with thee?
Study Bible
The Friends
1"Where has your beloved gone, O most beautiful among women? Where has your beloved turned, That we may seek him with you?" 2"My beloved has gone down to his garden, To the beds of balsam, To pasture his flock in the gardens And gather lilies.…
Cross References
Song of Solomon 1:8
"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.

Song of Solomon 5:6
"I opened to my beloved, But my beloved had turned away and had gone! My heart went out to him as he spoke. I searched for him but I did not find him; I called him but he did not answer me.

Song of Solomon 5:9
"What kind of beloved is your beloved, O most beautiful among women? What kind of beloved is your beloved, That thus you adjure us?"
Treasury of Scripture

Where is your beloved gone, O you fairest among women? where is your beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with you.

o thou

Songs 6:4,9,10 You are beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible …

Songs 1:8 If you know not, O you fairest among women, go your way forth by …

Songs 2:2 As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

Songs 5:9 What is your beloved more than another beloved, O you fairest among …

that

Songs 1:4 Draw me, we will run after you: the king has brought me into his …

Ruth 1:16,17 And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following …

Ruth 2:12 The LORD recompense your work, and a full reward be given you of …

Isaiah 2:5 O house of Jacob, come you, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

Jeremiah 14:8 O the hope of Israel, the savior thereof in time of trouble, why …

Zechariah 8:21-23 And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let …

Acts 5:11-14 And great fear came on all the church, and on as many as heard these things…

VI.

(1-3) Whither is thy beloved gone . . . By a playful turn the poet heightens the description of the lover's beauty by the impression supposed to be produced on the imaginary bystanders to whom the picture has been exhibited. They express a desire to share the pleasures of his company with the heroine, but she, under the figure before employed (Song of Solomon 4:12-16), declares that his affections are solely hers, and that, so far from being at their disposal, he is even now hastening to complete his and her happiness in their union. Difficulties crowd on the dramatic theory at this passage. Most of its advocates have recourse to some arbitrary insertion, such as, "here the lovers are re-united," but they do not tell us how the distance from the harem at Jerusalem to the garden in the north was traversed, or the obstacles to the union surmounted. In the imagination of the poet all was easy and natural.

Verse 1. - Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? Whither hath thy beloved turned him, that we may seek him with thee? The dialogue still continues, possibly because, as Delitzsch suggests, the effect of the dream which Shulamith narrates is not passed away in the morning. Under the influence of it she goes forth and meets the daughters of Jerusalem, who offer their assistance. But there is no necessity for this. The poetry merely demands that the idea of the dream should be still kept before the mind of the reader. The scene is still in the palace. The ladies playfully carry on the bride's cue, and help her to pour out her feelings. The bridegroom, they know, is near at hand, and is coming to delight himself in his bride; but the bride has not yet drawn him back completely to her side. This is evident from the fact that there is no distress in the language of the bride. She is not complaining and crying out in agony under a sense of desertion; she is waiting for the return of her beloved, and so she calmly sings of his love and his perfect truthfulness, even though absent from her. He is where his perfect beauty and fragrance might well be. Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women?.... The title is the same used by them, and by Christ before them, Sol 1:8; and here repeated, to assure her that they were serious in asking this question, and that it was in great respect to her they put it; and which, to the same sense, in other words, is expressed,

whither is thy beloved turned aside? which way did he take? on what hand did he turn, to the right or left, when he went from thy door? They ask no longer who or what he was, being satisfied with the church's description of him; by which they had gained some knowledge of him, and had their affections drawn out unto him; and were desirous of knowing more of him and of being better acquainted with him, and to enjoy his company and presence; though as yet they had but little faith in him, and therefore could not call him "their" beloved, only "her" beloved: and this question is put and repeated in this manner, to show that they were serious and in earnest; yea, were in haste, and impatient to know which way he went; say they,

that we may seek him with thee; it was not mere speculation or curiosity that led them to put the above questions; they were desirous to go into practice, to join with the church in the search of Christ, to seek him with her in the word and ordinances; upon which they were determined, could they get any hint from her whither he was gone, and where it was most likely to find him: for so the words may be rendered, "and we will seek him with thee" (p); this they had resolved on among themselves, and only wanted directions which way to steer their course, or a grant to go along with the church in quest of her beloved.

(p) Sept. "quaeremus", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Marckius, &c. CHAPTER 6

So 6:1-13.

1. Historically, at Jesus Christ's crucifixion and burial, Joseph of Arimathea, and Nicodemus, and others, joined with His professed disciples. By speaking of Jesus Christ, the bride does good not only to her own soul, but to others (see on [675]So 1:4; [676]Mal 3:16; [677]Mt 5:14-16). Compare the hypocritical use of similar words (Mt 2:8).6:1 Those made acquainted with the excellences of Christ, and the comfort of an interest in him, desire to know where they may meet him. Those who would find Christ, must seek him early and diligently.
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