It is Perek Hay Pasuk Yud Daled (5:12) and I can't understand it.

עֵינָ֕יו כְּיוֹנִ֖ים עַל־אֲפִ֣יקֵי מָ֑יִם רֹֽחֲצוֹת֙ בֶּֽחָלָ֔ב יֹשְׁב֖וֹת עַל־מִלֵּֽאת׃

Here it is for anyone who wants to have a go.

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    Apr 8, 2021 at 7:47

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So let's first translate the passuk:

עֵינָ֕יו כְּיוֹנִ֖ים עַל־אֲפִ֣יקֵי מָ֑יִם רֹֽחֲצוֹת֙ בֶּֽחָלָ֔ב יֹשְׁב֖וֹת עַל־מִלֵּֽאת׃

His eyes are like doves By watercourses, Bathed in milk, Set by a brimming pool.

The Seforno can be translated as follows (my translation), with the meaning outlined underneath, aided with @Loewian link detailed above:

like doves By watercourses - To water from the salvation of worlds

To be understood as; if one walks in the ways of our forefathers they will merit the salvation of worlds, namely, a life in both this world and the next.

Bathed in milk - The others in the milk of their deeds, who are at all times white and illuminating, to teach others.

To be understood; that when one practises such action (i.e. inspired by our forefathers) they will be 'bathed/washed' by their example, making themselves pure like (the white colour of) milk. These actions will thereby serve as a living example to others.

Set by a brimming pool - That every purpose directed in their action was to complete themselves and others to the will of Hashem before Hashem. As they say, "Walk in My ways and be blameless/perfect".

To be understood; someone who acts in this correct manner is acting in the way G-d wants i.e. out of their great love for Hashem, they are seeking to show and teach others His ways.

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