1. Song of Solomon 1:6 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Why was she forced to work in the vineyard?

Song of Solomon 1:6 (ESV)

6 Do not gaze at me because I am dark, because the sun has looked upon me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; they made me keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept!

We seem to get some insight into her personal history. Her brothers have forced her to work in the vineyard because they were angry with her, but we are not told why. These men seem to be the dominant males in the absence of a father (Song of Solomon 8:8–9).1 She may be expressing, again, something about her status in life. Working outdoors in the vineyard would also explain her sun-darkened skin.