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?
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?
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? --
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?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I have put off my coat - The bride must have been in a dream or in much disorder of mind to have made the frivolous excuses here mentioned. The words relate to the case of a person who had gone to take rest on his bed. As they wore nothing but sandals, they were obliged to wash their feet previously to their lying down. I have washed my feet, taken off my clothes, and am gone to bed: I cannot therefore be disturbed. A Hindoo always washes his feet before he goes to bed. If called from his bed, he often makes this excuse, I shall daub my feet; and the excuse is reasonable, as the floors are of earth; and they do not wear shoes in the house - Ward.
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LibrarySong of Songs
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 …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
And suppose the one inside answers, 'Don't bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.'
"My lords," he said, "please turn aside to your servant's house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning." "No," they answered, "we will spend the night in the square."
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