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"And feed your little goats beside the shepherds' tents" (Song 1:8). What is exactly meant by goats here?

In this context, "goats" refer to the wayward; people who are in need of priestly guidance and spiritual nourishment. Priests are shepherds who play a vital role in teaching people the way of salvation and nourishing their senses spiritually. The soul is commissioned to abandon her deviant ways and willingly submit to the Holy Spirit and to the teachings of the church shepherds.
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