Song of Solomon 3:1
New International Version
All night long on my bed I looked for the one my heart loves; I looked for him but did not find him.

New Living Translation
One night as I lay in bed, I yearned for my lover. I yearned for him, but he did not come.

English Standard Version
On my bed by night I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but found him not.

Berean Study Bible
On my bed at night I sought the one I love; I sought him, but did not find him.

New American Standard Bible
"On my bed night after night I sought him Whom my soul loves; I sought him but did not find him.

King James Bible
By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

Christian Standard Bible
In my bed at night I sought the one I love; I sought him, but did not find him.

Contemporary English Version
While in bed at night, I reached for the one I love with heart and soul. I looked for him, but he wasn't there.

Good News Translation
Asleep on my bed, night after night I dreamed of the one I love; I was looking for him, but couldn't find him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In my bed at night I sought the one I love; I sought him, but did not find him.

International Standard Version
Night after night on my bed, I sought the one I love; I sought him, but didn't find him.

NET Bible
All night long on my bed I longed for my lover. I longed for him but he never appeared.

New Heart English Bible
By night on my bed, I sought him whom my soul loves. I sought him, but I did not find him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Night after night on my bed I looked for the one I love. I looked for him but did not find him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth; I sought him, but I found him not.

New American Standard 1977
“On my bed night after night I sought him Whom my soul loves; I sought him but did not find him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but I did not find him.

King James 2000 Bible
By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loves: I sought him, but I found him not.

American King James Version
By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loves: I sought him, but I found him not.

American Standard Version
By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loves: I sought him, but found him not; I called him, but he hearkened not to me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In my bed by night I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, and found him not.

Darby Bible Translation
On my bed, in the nights, I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

English Revised Version
By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

Webster's Bible Translation
By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

World English Bible
By night on my bed, I sought him whom my soul loves. I sought him, but I didn't find him.

Young's Literal Translation
On my couch by night, I sought him whom my soul hath loved; I sought him, and I found him not!
Study Bible
The Bride's Dream
1On my bed at night I sought the one I love; I sought him but did not find him. 2I will arise now and go about the city, through the streets and squares. I will seek the one I love. So I sought him but did not find him.…
Cross References
Song of Solomon 1:7
Tell me, O one I love, where do you pasture your sheep? Where do you rest them at midday? Why should I be like a veiled woman beside the flocks of your companions?

Song of Solomon 5:6
I opened for my beloved, but he had turned and gone. My heart sank at his departure. I sought him, but did not find him. I called, but he did not answer.

Treasury of Scripture

By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loves: I sought him, but I found him not.

night

Psalm 4:4
Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

Psalm 6:6
I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.

Psalm 22:2
O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

him whom

Song of Solomon 1:7
Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?

Song of Solomon 5:8
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.

John 21:17
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

i sought him

Song of Solomon 5:6
I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.

Job 23:8,9
Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: …

Psalm 130:1,2
A Song of degrees. Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD…







Lexicon
On
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

my bed
מִשְׁכָּבִי֙ (miš·kā·ḇî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4904: Place of lying, a couch, act of lying

at night
בַּלֵּיל֔וֹת (bal·lê·lō·wṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3915: A twist, night, adversity

I sought
בִּקַּ֕שְׁתִּי (biq·qaš·tî)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

the one
אֵ֥ת (’êṯ)
Direct object marker
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

I
נַפְשִׁ֑י (nap̄·šî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

love;
שֶׁאָהֲבָ֖ה (še·’ā·hă·ḇāh)
Pronoun - relative | Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f

I sought him
בִּקַּשְׁתִּ֖יו (biq·qaš·tîw)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - first person common singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

but did not
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

find him.
מְצָאתִֽיו׃ (mə·ṣā·ṯîw)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present
III.

(1) A reminiscence (elaborated in Song of Solomon 5:2 seq.) of the intensity of their love before their union, put by the poet into his lady's mouth. She "arises from dreams" of him, and goes to find him.

Verse 1. - By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. The bride is probably relating a dream. The time referred to is the close of the day on which she had been visited by her lover. She is retired to rest, and dreams that she searches for the beloved object in the neighbouring city (cf. Job 33:15). It is another way of telling her love. She is always longing for the beloved one. She had been waiting for him, and he came not, and retired to rest with a heart troubled and anxious because her lover did not appear as she expected at the evening hour. The meaning may be "night after night (לֵילות)" (cf. Song of Solomon 3:8), or the plural maybe used poetically for the singular. Ginsburg observes that "by night on my bed" is opposed to midday couch (cf. 2 Samuel 4:5), merely to express what came into her thoughts at night in her dreams or as the result of a dream. It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the bride intends to represent herself as suffering from self-reproach in having grieved her lover and kept him away from her. In that case the typical meaning would be simple and direct. The soul grieves when it is conscious of estrangement from him whom it loves, and the sense of separation becomes intolerable, impelling to new efforts to deepen the spiritual life. 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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