Verse 1 – (The daughters of Jerusalem) Where has your beloved gone? Where has your beloved turned aside, that we may seek him with you?
Verse 2 – My beloved has gone to his garden, to the bed of spices, to feed his flock in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
It sounds like she knows he has gone to his other wives and concubines.
Verse 3 – I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. He feeds his flocks among the lilies.
It is only in marriage that we realize complete union of mind, heart, and body.
Verse 4 – (Solomon addresses his bride) O my love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah (Tirzah’s name means “pleasure” or “beauty”. It was a city 35 miles northeast of Jerusalem), lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners!
Verse 5 – Turn your eyes away from me, for they have overcome me, your hair is like a flock of goats going down from Gilead.
Verse 6 – Your teeth are like a flock of sheep which have come up from washing; everyone bears twins, and none is barren among them.
Verse 7 – Like a piece of pomegranate are your temples behind your veil.
Verse 8 – There are sixty queens and eighty concubines, and my perfect one, is the only one, the only one of her mother, the favorite of the one who bore her. The daughters saw her and called her blessed, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.
In other words: Even though I have many wives and concubines, my love for you has not diminished since our wedding night. (Try to get by with that line today.)
Verse 10 – Who is she who looks forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, awesome as an army with banners?
Verse 11 – I went down to the garden of nuts to see the verdure of the valley, to see whether the vine had budded and the pomegranates had bloomed.
Verse 12 – Before I was even aware, my soul had made me as the chariots of my noble people.
Verse 13 – Return, return, O Shulamite: return, return, that we may look upon you!
Verse 14 – What would you see in the Shulamite – as it were, the dance of the double camp?
Sometimes, even after research , I’m baffled as to what they both are talking about. The only thing I can figure out is maybe his bride had withdrawn herself because he had went to his other wives. Your guess is as good as mine to what either of these two really meant. We only have two more chapters, so hang in there.