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I compare you, my darling,
to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariots. Bible

“darling.” A term of endearment. When referring to a woman, it occurs only in Song of Songs (Song 1:9, 15; 2:2, 10, 13; 4:1, 7; 5:2; 6:4). The woman calls the man “my darling” in Song 5:16.

“a mare among Pharaoh’s chariots.” It was not uncommon in ancient literature to compare a woman to a beautiful mare. Horses were highly valued. Also, it is likely that this Israelite woman is compared to a mare among “Pharaoh’s chariots,” and not the Israelite king’s chariots, because the horses in Egypt were highly valued and Egypt even exported them to Israel (1 Kings 10:28; 2 Chron. 1:16).


Commentary for: Song of Songs 1:9