Song of Solomon 5:7
The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city. They beat me, they bruised me; they took away my cloak, those watchmen of the walls!

They even stole her cloak. What’s going on here? How’s this fit into the overall theme of this love poem? Most strange!


The watchmen performed policing work. They mistook her for a bad woman of the night.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

they smote me, they wounded me; taking her for a night walker, they gave her ill words and hard blows this was not very becoming watchmen to use those of the city in this manner; for, as Plato says, keepers of cities should be mild and gentle towards their own, but to enemies rough and severe ...
the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me; there were two sorts of watchmen in a city, one that went about to see that all was right and safe within; and others placed on the walls of it, who kept their stand, and whose business it was to give notice of an enemy approaching, and to defend the city from outward attacks upon it; and such are the ministers of the word, Isaiah 62:6; but here false teachers are meant as before, as appears from their abuse of the church, taking away her veil from her, such as women wore for ornament, or as a sign of modesty or as a token of subjection to their husbands, Isaiah 3:23, Genesis 24:65; and may here design either their falsely accusing her good conduct, which was her outward covering;

Many commentators draw spiritual lessons from these verses in the Song of Solomon.


In Song of Songs 5:7 - Why did the Watchmen wound the beloved woman?

Song of Songs (שִׁ֥יר הַשִּׁירִ֖ים) - Chapter 5: verse 7 [MT]

The-Watchmen who patrol the city found me; they smote me and wounded me; the-Watchmen of the walls took my jewelry off me. ( מְצָאֻ֧נִי הַשֹּֽׁמְרִ֛ים הַסֹּֽבְבִ֥ים בָּעִ֖יר הִכּ֣וּנִי פְצָע֑וּנִי נָֽשְׂא֤וּ אֶת־רְדִידִי֙ מֵֽעָלַ֔י שֹֽׁמְרֵ֖י הַֽחֹמֽוֹת )

meaning : Love will strip you of all your possessions, if you enter its gate.

In context to the poem, "The Watchmen" (Ha-Shomerim, הַשֹּֽׁמְרִ֛ים) in Chapter 5 - verse 7 represent the Emotional torment of Love. If we Read the next verse, we learn additional intent about the author : "Sick of Love I am" (שֶֽׁחוֹלַ֥ת אַֽהֲבָ֖ה אָֽנִי).

Later in Chapter 8 - verse 6, we read the author's opinion about romantic love : Love [is] Strong like-Death" (אַֽהֲבָ֔ה קָשָׁ֥ה כִשְׁא֖וֹל). - In order to find Love, you will lose everything.

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