Song of Solomon 5:3
New International Version
I have taken off my robe-- must I put it on again? I have washed my feet-- must I soil them again?

New Living Translation
But I responded, "I have taken off my robe. Should I get dressed again? I have washed my feet. Should I get them soiled?"

English Standard Version
I had put off my garment; how could I put it on? I had bathed my feet; how could I soil them?

Berean Study Bible
I have taken off my robe—must I put it back on? I have washed my feet—must I soil them again?

New American Standard Bible
"I have taken off my dress, How can I put it on again? I have washed my feet, How can I dirty them again?

King James Bible
I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?

Christian Standard Bible
I have taken off my clothing. How can I put it back on? I have washed my feet. How can I get them dirty?

Contemporary English Version
But I had already undressed and bathed my feet. Should I dress again and get my feet dirty?

Good News Translation
I have already undressed; why should I get dressed again? I have washed my feet; why should I get them dirty again?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have taken off my clothing. How can I put it back on? I have washed my feet. How can I get them dirty?

International Standard Version
"I've taken off my clothes — am I supposed to put them on again? I've washed my feet— am I supposed to get them dirty again?"

NET Bible
"I have already taken off my robe--must I put it on again? I have already washed my feet--must I soil them again?"

New Heart English Bible
I have taken off my robe. Indeed, must I put it on? I have washed my feet. Indeed, must I soil them?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have taken off my clothes! Why should I put them on [again]? I have washed my feet! Why should I get them dirty [again]?

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have put off my coat; How shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; How shall I defile them?

New American Standard 1977
“I have taken off my dress, How can I put it on again? I have washed my feet, How can I dirty them again?

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?

King James 2000 Bible
I have put off my robe; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how could I soil them?

American King James Version
I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?

American Standard Version
I have put off my garment; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet, how shall I defile them?

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have put off my garment, how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet, how shall I defile them?

Darby Bible Translation
-- I have put off my tunic, how should I put it on? I have washed my feet, how should I pollute them? --

English Revised Version
I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?

Webster's Bible Translation
I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?

World English Bible
I have taken off my robe. Indeed, must I put it on? I have washed my feet. Indeed, must I soil them?

Young's Literal Translation
I have put off my coat, how do I put it on? I have washed my feet, how do I defile them?
Study Bible
The Bride and Her Beloved
2I sleep, but my heart is awake. A sound! My beloved is knocking: “Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my perfect one.” My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night. 3I have taken off my robe— must I put it back on? I have washed my feet— must I soil them again? 4My beloved put his hand to the latch; my heart pounded for him.…
Cross References
Luke 11:7
And the one inside answers, 'Do not bother me. My door is already shut and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.'

Genesis 19:2
and said, "My lords, please turn aside into the house of your servant; wash your feet and spend the night. Then you can rise early and go on your way." "No," they answered, "we will spend the night in the square."

Treasury of Scripture

I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?

have put

Proverbs 3:28
Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

Proverbs 13:4
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Proverbs 22:13
The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

I have washed







Lexicon
I have taken off
פָּשַׁ֙טְתִּי֙ (pā·šaṭ·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6584: To strip off, make a dash, raid

my robe—
כֻּתָּנְתִּ֔י (kut·tā·nə·tî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3801: A shirt

must I
אֵיכָ֖כָה (’ê·ḵā·ḵāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 349: How?, how!, where

put it back on?
אֶלְבָּשֶׁ֑נָּה (’el·bā·šen·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3847: Wrap around, to put on a, garment, clothe

I have washed
רָחַ֥צְתִּי (rā·ḥaṣ·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7364: To wash, wash off or away, bathe

my feet—
רַגְלַ֖י (raḡ·lay)
Noun - fdc | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7272: A foot, a step, the pudenda

must I
אֵיכָ֥כָה (’ê·ḵā·ḵāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 349: How?, how!, where

soil them again?
אֲטַנְּפֵֽם׃ (’ă·ṭan·nə·p̄êm)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2936: To soil, defile
(3) Coat.--Heb. cutoneth=cetoneth; Gr. ?????, tunic.

Verse 3. - I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? Evidently the meaning is, "I have retired to rest; do not disturb me." She is lying in bed. The cuttoneth, or χτιών, was the linen garment worn next the body - from cathan, "linen." The Arabic kutun is "cotton;" hence the French coton, "calico, or cotton" shift. Shulamith represents herself as failing in love, not meeting the condescension and affection of her lover as she should. Sloth, reluctance, ease, keep her back. "Woe to them that are at ease in Zion!" The scene is, of course, only ideally true; it is not meant to be a description of an actual occurrence. Fancy in dreams stirs up the real nature, though it also disturbs it. Shulamith has forsaken her first love. She relates it with sorrow, but not with despondency. She comes to herself again, and her repentance and restoration are the occasion for pouring out the fulness of her affection, which had never really changed, though it has been checked and restrained by self-indulgence. How true a picture both of the individual soul and of the Church in its decline! "Leave me to myself; let me lie at ease in my luxury and my smooth, conventional ways and self-flattering deceit." 5:2-8 Churches and believers, by carelessness and security, provoke Christ to withdraw. We ought to notice our spiritual slumbers and distempers. Christ knocks to awaken us, knocks by his word and Spirit, knocks by afflictions and by our consciences; thus, Re 3:20. When we are unmindful of Christ, still he thinks of us. Christ's love to us should engage ours to him, even in the most self-denying instances; and we only can be gainers by it. Careless souls put slights on Jesus Christ. Another could not be sent to open the door. Christ calls to us, but we have no mind, or pretend we have no strength, or we have no time, and think we may be excused. Making excuses is making light of Christ. Those put contempt upon Christ, who cannot find in their hearts to bear a cold blast, or to leave a warm bed for him. See the powerful influences of Divine grace. He put in his hand to unbolt the door, as one weary of waiting. This betokens a work of the Spirit upon the soul. The believer's rising above self-indulgence, seeking by prayer for the consolations of Christ, and to remove every hinderance to communion with him; these actings of the soul are represented by the hands dropping sweet-smelling myrrh upon the handles of the locks. But the Beloved was gone! By absenting himself, Christ will teach his people to value his gracious visits more highly. Observe, the soul still calls Christ her Beloved. Every desertion is not despair. Lord, I believe, though I must say, Lord, help my unbelief. His words melted me, yet, wretch that I was, I made excuses. The smothering and stifling of convictions will be very bitter to think of, when God opens our eyes. The soul went in pursuit of him; not only prayed, but used means, sought him in the ways wherein he used to be found. The watchmen wounded me. Some refer it to those who misapply the word to awakened consciences. The charge to the daughters of Jerusalem, seems to mean the distressed believer's desire of the prayers of the feeblest Christian. Awakened souls are more sensible of Christ's withdrawings than of any other trouble.
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