You whom my soul loves!
Where do you pasture your flock?
Where do you make it lie down at noon?
Why should I be like a veiled woman?
Why cannot I be beside
The flocks of your companions?”
This female lover now talks about a shepherd who was guarding his flock. Once again, this may be an allegory for Yahweh the good shepherd. She wanted to know where he was pasturing his flock. She was going around as a veiled woman while he was with his companions, the other shepherds. Thus there was a change from a king to a shepherd.