I went down to the grove of nut trees to look at the new growth in the valley, to see if the vines had budded or the pomegranates were in bloom. Before I realized it, my desire set me among the royal chariots of my people.
After the song of admiration in 6:8-10, which was kept strictly in the third person, the section beginning with v. 11 again finds the singer or poet speaking of himself in the first person. (29) page 222
So where was he and what did he do?
Several of the commentators ‘so called experts’ refer to this as one of the hardest passages in the Bible to translate. As I thought about this it dawned on me. There is a reason why it is hard. He is trying to give an explanation about where he went and what he did. He went off disappointed that she didn’t want him to come in and be with her. He wasn’t sure where he was going, wasn’t paying attention to what he was doing. If you get a chance to listen to a guy explain his actions in a situation like this, it will be hard to follow or understand what he is saying. And that is true if he didn’t do anything wrong.
He came back and told her how beautiful she is, that he hadn’t done anything with other women, and that the other women will say how unique she is. Then he tries to explain where he was and what he did.
He was trying to convince and audience of one. And he did. The next thing that happens is that she is walking off with him and he is letting the friends know they aren’t invited.