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As the apple tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my lover among the young men.
I sat down under his shadow with great delight,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste. Bible

“his shadow.” More literally, but less easily understood by Western readers, “his shade.” In the biblical word shade or shadow represented protection. The woman felt protected and relaxed when she was with her lover.

“his fruit was sweet to my taste.” An unspecific but obviously sexual reference. Perhaps to kissing and foreplay.


Commentary for: Song of Songs 2:3