The Two Commentaries of Tanchum Yerushalmi- Text and translation
[…] As to the metaphorical discourse addressed to the beloved woman, some people think that [the text] refers to Wisdom, according to what it is written in the Book of Proverbs: A loving hind and graceful mountain goat, let her breasts satisfy you at all time (Pr 5:19).1 It is also said in her name: I am counsel and stability,2 understanding belongs to me and courage is in me, through me kings reign and rulers give right laws, through me princes rule, noble men and all the righteous judges. I love those who love me and those who look for me will find me (Pr 8:14-16); to give existence to those who love me and to fill their treasures (Pr. 8:21). It is also written: The Lord created me at the beginning of his way; he had chosen me from eternity; at the beginning… He fashioned me while there was no depth (Pr 8:22-24); I was there when He gave form to the heavens (Pr. 8:27). It was also said in the name of Wisdom:3 With him I was an architect,4 his delight, day after day, rejoicing before him at all times (Pr. 8:30) according to the meanings that we have explained in their passages. ← 93 | 94 →
Some people believe that the author means5 the assembly of Israel, in other words, their multitude. According to their interpretation the Israelites in Egypt were in a distressful condition...
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