EXPOSITION

OF THE BOOK OF

SOLOMON'S SONG,


Chapter 8

VERSE 3.

His left hand should be under my head,
and his right hand should embrace me.


words may be considered, either, 1. As a petition that it might be so, and be read thus, “let his left hand be under my head,”[1] etc., a phrase used by lovers,[2] and here repeated in this song. Or, 2. As expressing her faith, that it should be so; which sense is favored by our version. Or, 3. As declaring her present enjoyment of the mercy which she had been seeking for, and had faith in; and so be read, as in chapter 2:6, where they are more largely explained.


ENDNOTES:

[1] Sinistra ejus supponatur capite meo, Tigurire version, Marckius. Some in Michaelis.

[2] Circumdatoque me brachiis, Plauti Asinaria, act. 3, sc. 3. v, 106.