כְּשׁוֹשַׁנָּה בֵּין הַחוֹחִים. שֶׁמְּנַקְּבִין אוֹתָהּ, וְתָמִיד הִיא עוֹמֶדֶת בְּנוֹיָהּ וְאַדְמִימוּתָהּ, "כֵּן רַעְיָתִי בֵּין הַבָּנוֹת", מְפַתּוֹת אוֹתָהּ לִרְדֹּף אַחֲרֵיהֶם לִזְנוֹת כְּמוֹתָם אַחֲרֵי אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים, וְהִיא עוֹמֶדֶת בֶּאֱמוּנָתָהּ:
As a rose among the thorns. Which prick it, but it constantly retains its beauty and its redness, “so is my beloved among the daughters.” They3The nations torment the Bnei Yisroel. entice her [i.e., Bnei Yisroel] to pursue them, to stray, as they do, after other gods, but she remains steadfast in her faith.4Alternatively, just as it is difficult to pick a rose from among the thorns, so too it is difficult to redeem the Bnei Yisroel from among the nations.