New International Version
I liken you, my darling, to a mare among Pharaoh's chariot horses.
King James Bible
I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots.
Darby Bible Translation
I compare thee, my love, To a steed in Pharaoh's chariots.
World English Bible
I have compared you, my love, to a steed in Pharaoh's chariots.
Young's Literal Translation
To my joyous one in chariots of Pharaoh, I have compared thee, my friend,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I have compared thee - to a company of horses - This may be translated, more literally, "I have compared thee, to my mare, in the chariots or courses of Pharaoh;" and so the versions understood it. Mares, in preference to horses, were used both for riding and for chariots in the East. They are much swifter, endure more hardship. and will go longer without food, than either the stallion or the gelding.
There is perhaps no brute creature in the world so beautiful as a fine well-bred horse or mare; and the finest woman in the universe, Helen, has been compared to a horse in a Thessalian chariot, by Theocritus. Idyl. 18: ver. 28: -
Ὡδε και ἁ χρυσεα Ἑλενα διαφαινετ' εν ἡμιν,
Πιειρη, μεγαλη, ἁτ' ανεδραμεν ογμος αρουρᾳ,
Η καπῳ κυπαρισσος, η ἁρματι Θεσσαλος ἱππος.
"The golden Helen, tall and graceful, appears as distinguished among us as the furrow in the field, the cypress in the garden, or the Thessalian horse in the chariot."
This passage amply justifies the Hebrew bard, in the simile before us. See Jeremiah 6:2.
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The contents of this book justify the description of it in the title, i. 1, as the "loveliest song"--for that is the meaning of the Hebrew idiom "song of songs." It abounds in poetical gems of the purest ray. It breathes the bracing air of the hill country, and the passionate love of man for woman and woman for man. It is a revelation of the keen Hebrew delight in nature, in her vineyards and pastures, flowers and fruit trees, in her doves and deer and sheep and goats. It is a song tremulous from …
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2 Chronicles 1:16
Solomon's horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue --the royal merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price.
2 Chronicles 1:17
They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty. They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.
Song of Solomon 1:15
How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.
Song of Solomon 2:10
My beloved spoke and said to me, "Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.
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