Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Song of Solomon - Christ Calls His Bride

This is one of the least understood books of the Bible and it has been the subject of many interpretations, but hopefully today we’ll be able to bring some things into better focus. The Song of Solomon is not what it first appears to be. It is actually an account of Christ calling His Bride out of the world, away from the pride and vanity it affords, and His tireless, patient and loving efforts to draw her to Him.

It’s very much like a play, a love story with a small number of characters –

[K] - The King  (Solomon)
[C] - The Shepherd (Christ), her Beloved
[B] - The Shulamite Bride to be, my Love
[DoJ] - The Daughters of Jerusalem (Solomon’s harem)
[F] - The father of the Shulamite Bride to be
[Bro] - The brothers of the Shulamite Bride to be

The key to understanding the Song of Solomon is knowing who is being spoken to –

Typically when a passage is addressed to or about “my beloved” – it’s to or about the Shepherd (Christ)

When it is addressed to “my love” – it is to the Shulamite Bride to be

Today, I’m just going to give you an overview of the entire book. The outline will consist of 10 scenes that will allow you to further enjoy this wonderful love story. It is by no means meant to be a comprehensive commentary but a framework by which to understand and hopefully study further. The above key will help you understand who is speaking to whom, for example - [B to DoJ] indicates the Shulamite Bride is speaking to the Daughters of Jerusalem.

The Bride [B] to be is a young woman being sought after by two men – one a worldly king [K] who can offer her all the treasures & pleasures the world has to offer. The other is a ruddy Shepherd [C] who treats her with love, patience and tenderness.

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INTRO

Son 1:1


(1:1)  The song of songs, which is Solomon's.

This is the Song of Songs. It is Solomon’s greatest hit. 1 of 1005 according to 1Kings 4:32

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SCENE I - The Shulamite Virgin

Son 1:2 - 1:8


The Shulamite Bride to be [B] has been brought out of the vineyards by the earthly king to his Chambers to be part of his harem. She is soul searching as to why she is here in the king's palace when her beloved is out in the fields. Why is she, a woman of humble upbringing, who is tanned from working the vineyards, here in the king’s chambers with women who are more refined and sophisticated - the Daughters of Jerusalem? 

Some believe she may actually be Abishag, the Shunammite virgin originally brought to King David’s sick bed to keep him warm (1Kings 1:3). Adonijah, the firstborn of King David and rightful heir to the throne before Bathsheba intervened on Solomon’s behalf, asked for her to be his. To hopefully assure consent, he asked Solomon’s mother, Bathsheba, to make his request known to Solomon and Solomon had him killed. 

She wonders where her Shepherd is. The DoJ tell her she can probably find her Beloved where the rest of the flocks feed.

It begins with her soliloquy –

[B] (1:2)  Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.
[B] (1:3)  Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.

Solomon can physically kiss her but her heart is for her beloved whose love is better than wine. The King is desirable only because of the expensive ointments he can provide. That is why the DoJ love him, for the physical fineries he can provide. A good name is better than precious ointment (Ecc 7:1). This is not a confession of her love for the King but the DoJ love him.

[B to C] (1:4)  Draw me, (John 6:44) we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

She loves her Shepherd as do all those that are upright in character. Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright (Psa 33:1).

[B to DoJ] (1:5)  I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.

She was tanned but beautiful. Kedar was the second son of Ishmael. He was a goat herder, goat’s hair known for it’s darkness in color from which his tents were made. She was lowly as these tents yet beautiful as the tapestries which hung in Solomon’s palace.

[B to DoJ] (1:6)  Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.

Tells the other women in the harem not to look down on her because her brothers made her tend the vineyards of the King. Like a sharecropper, they were allowed to keep a certain amount but the rest belonged to the owner of the vineyard. Notice 8:11-12. Her beloved Shepherd also has a vineyard to which he continually invites her (2:13,15). (See also - Isa 5:1-7)

[B to C] (1:7)  Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?

She longs to be with her Shepherd and wonders where he rests them that she can meet Him there. Better to know where to find Him than to possibly be led astray by following in the wrong footsteps of the flocks of the false shepherds.

[DoJ to B] (1:8)  If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.

The DoJ tell her that if she doesn’t know where He is, she can probably find Him by going to where the rest of the shepherds dwell. Something she already knows and was trying to avoid. (See 1Pet 5:2-4)

King Solomon stops by for the first time to check on her. He appeals to her pride and vanity by comparing her to the proud horses attached to Pharaoh’s chariots. He notices she’s wearing the jewelry and gold chains he’s given her and compliments her. Then in condescension makes reference to her rustic dress and tells her he will have it spruced up a bit for her by adding a gold border and silver studs. He is absorbed with appearances.
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SCENE II - Solomon Speaks of His Affection


Son 1:9 - 1:11


[K to B] (1:9)  I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots.
[K to B] (1:10)  Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold.
[K to B] (1:11)  We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.

Ezekiel chapter 16 describes the “birth” of Jerusalem from lowly beginnings, a type of the Church, and how it was the Lord who cared for her, clothed her, and even provided jewels and gold chains, not some earthly king. The Daughters of Jerusalem are described in Ezekiel 16 as Samaria and Sodom who have separated themselves from Jerusalem through idolatry and covetousness. Both are now suburbs of Jerusalem, daughters who will one day be reunited to her. These are whom the Daughters of Jerusalem in our love story represent. (See Luke 23:28-31)

King Solomon tells her he's as proud of her as a spirited company of horses. She looks beautiful in the jewels & chains he's given her.  He'll have some gold & silver added to her rustic gown to spruce it up a bit. We'll see he continually appeals to her pride & vanity. We'll see King Solomon is all about appearances, superficial beauty.
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SCENE III - The Shepherd Speaks of His Love


Son 1:12 - 2:7

By contrast, the Shepherd speaks to her of her individual beauty including her inner beauty, her dove's eyes (1:15) , the windows to her soul. She is a lilly among the thorns (the DOJ) (2:2). His left hand is under her head and his right hand doth embrace her.(2:6 - Compare with 8:3) He is the active party. She tells the DOJ they are not to stir up or awaken love until it's time.


[B to DoJ] (1:12)  While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.
[B to DoJ] (1:13)  A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.

She wears expensive spikenard perfume for the King while he sits at his table with his friends, but her Shepherd is her perfume. Spikenard is the same ointment Mary anointed Jesus with in Mark 14 and John 12. A pound of it cost approximately a year’s wages. Myrrh is a resin taken from the commiphora plant and in addition to its use for its aroma is also an astringent and analgesic that was carried into battle. Myrrh was one of the spices brought to Jesus at His birth along with gold and frankincense. It was one of the spices Nicodemus carried to Jesus’ tomb for embalming (John 19:39) and mixed with wine (Mark 15:23) it was offered to Jesus at His crucifixion but He refused to drink it. Myrrh here is an allusion to His fate as our sacrificial offering.

[B to DoJ] (1:14)  My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.

Camphire is henna blooms, in addition to their fragrance are also used as a dye. Henna was grown as a hedgerow around vineyards to hold soil against wind erosion in Israel as it was in other countries.  A henna hedge with dense thorny branches protected a vulnerable, valuable crop such as a vineyard from hungry animals.  The hedge, which protected and defended the vineyard, also had clusters of fragrant flowers which bloom in late April, early May. They are plentiful near Engedi, “the fountain of the kid”, a city in the province of Judah. It is anciently called Hazezon-Tamar  (Gen 14:7 ) from the palm-trees which used to grow there, still preserves its name in Ain-Djedy. It is about 200 yards from the Dead Sea, about the center of its western shore, not far from Jeshimon and was celebrated for its vineyards. It is marked by great luxuriance of vegetation, though the approach to it is through most dangerous and precipitous passes. The country is full of caverns, which serve as lurking places for outlaws at the present day. It is where David hid from Saul in 1Samuel 23 and 24. One of these, a spacious one called Bir-el-Mauquouchieh, with a well in it suitable for watering sheep, close to the Wady Hasasa, may have been the identical cavern in which David cut off Saul’s skirt.

[C to B] (1:15)  Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes.

The Shepherd adores her true inner beauty, through her dove’s eyes, the windows to her soul. The dove being the symbol of peace, she is innocent and harmless.

[B to C] (1:16)  Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.
[B to C] (1:17)  The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.

We make our bed under the trees, also made of cedar as was Solomon’s house. (1Kings 7:1-2)

 [B to C] (2:1)  I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.
[C to B] (2:2)  As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

The rose of Sharon is not a rose at all but the crocus or narcissus that was so prevalent in the valley of Sharon in the spring. Barnes’ Commentary tells us, in response to the Shepherd’s compliment of her beauty, she replies that her beauty is nothing extraordinary and is as common as a mere lily of the field. Sharon was a plain from Joppa to Caesarea between the hill country and the shore. It was famous for it’s abundance of wild flowers in the spring. But in the time of Eusebius and Jerome there was a smaller plain of Sharon (Saron) situated between Mount Tabor and the sea of Tiberias, which would be very near the bride’s native home if that were Shunem. The Shepherd insists that her beauty is not so ordinary but is as a lily among the bramble, as she is by comparison to the Daughters of Jerusalem.

[B to DoJ] (2:3)  As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
[B to DoJ] (2:4)  He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
[B to DoJ] (2:5)  Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.
[B to DoJ] (2:6)  His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me.

[B to DoJ] (2:7)  I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.
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SCENE IV - She is Called

 Son 2:8 - 2:17

The Shepherd calls her to come away with Him! But she tells him to go away to the Mountains of Bether (division/separation). (2:17) He responds in v. 4:6. My beloved is mine (first) and (then) I am His. (2:16 - Compare with 6:3)

[B to DoJ] (2:8)  The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.
[B to DoJ] (2:9)  My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.
[B to DoJ] (2:10)  My beloved spake, and said unto me, [C to B]Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
[C to B] (2:11)  For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
[C to B] (2:12)  The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

[C to B] (2:13)  The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

Winter is past. Early and latter rains have come and gone, so this takes place in the Spring. The figs are budding, the vineyards are just starting to get little grapes on them. The "foxes" are false prophets (Eze 13:3-4) spoiling the grapes before the final harvest. (Rev. 14:15) Don't hide! Let's get down there! The early and latter rains have come and gone. The harvest season is upon us. Let’s go work the harvest together!

[C to B] (2:14)  O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.

Reference: Jeremiah 23:24-27 
24 Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the LORD; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the LORD. 25 “I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ 26 How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart, 27 who try to make My people forget My name by their dreams which everyone tells his neighbor, as their fathers forgot My name for Baal.

[C to B] (2:15)  Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

Reference: Ezekiel 13:3-4
 3Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! 4O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.

Don’t hide! The false prophets are spoiling the “tender grapes” (those new to the faith). Let’s get down there and take them away!



[B to C] (2:16)  My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.

He is MINE first, then I am HIS. I’m interested but on my terms.

[B to C] (2:17)  Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.

She tells him to turn, my beloved and go to the mountains of division or separation. He responds to this request in Son 4:6 –

6Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.


The mountain of myrrh is Mt. Moriah, the mountain of sacrifice, where Abraham offered up Isaac, where Christ was crucified. The hill of frankincense is Mt. Olive where Jesus spent much of His time preaching the gospel, preparing the people. So instead of separation, He went to preach the gospel and to give Himself for her and for us all.
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SCENE V - She Confesses Her Love for the First Time


Son 3:1 -3:5

She's thinking of her beloved Shepherd at night and rises to go find him. But looks for Him in the "broad ways" but we know strait is the gate and narrow is the way so she doesn't find Him until in (3:3) she confesses her love for Him for the first time.

[B to DoJ] (3:1)  By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.
[B to DoJ] (3:2)  I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.
[B to DoJ] (3:3)  The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?
[B to DoJ] (3:4)  It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.
[B to DoJ] (3:5)  I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.

She would like to take Him to her Mother's house means get "betrothed". But don't stir up love until it's time.
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SCENE VI - Solomon Returns in Anger


Son 3:6 -4:5

King Solomon is angry and comes to her once again with his flatteries, appeals to her vanity and pride with his standard line - goats and sheep, but his grand show is for the DOJ, those impressed with such superficial flamboyance. (v. 10) Pillars of smoke are an indication of anger. (Joel 2:30; Psa 74:1) Perhaps he heard of her encounter with the Shepherd. 
As far as she's concerned, the DOJ can have him. (v.11)

[B to DoJ] (3:6)  Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?
[B to DoJ] (3:7)  Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel.
[B to DoJ] (3:8)  They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night.
[B to DoJ] (3:9)  King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon.
[B to DoJ] (3:10)  He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem.
[B to DoJ] (3:11)  Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.

[K to B] (4:1)  Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.
[K to B] (4:2)  Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them.
[K to B] (4:3)  Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.
[K to B] (4:4)  Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.
[K to B] (4:5)  Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies.
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SCENE VII - The Shepherd Comes for Her


Son 4:6 -5:1

Responds to 2:17 - Mountain of Myrrh (Mt. Moriah where Abraham offered up Isaac, the Temple Mount). Mountain of Frankincense (Mt. of Olives where Jesus would go to spend the night and spend much of His time preaching the gospel).  Together known as the Mountains of Spices. Instead of separation, He goes to preach the gospel and sacrifice for her and for us all. The Shepherd beckons her again to leave the king's palace, speaks of His adoration of her. Calls her His spouse for the first time. (4:8) They are betrothed and celebrate.

[C to B] (4:6)  Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.
[C to B] (4:7)  Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.
[C to B] (4:8)  Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards.
[C to B] (4:9)  Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.
[C to B] (4:10)  How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!
[C to B] (4:11)  Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.
[C to B] (4:12)  A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
[C to B] (4:13)  Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard,
[C to B] (4:14)  Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:
[C to B] (4:15)  A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.
[B to C] (4:16)  Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.

[C to B] (5:1)  I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; [B to C] drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.

She is without spot (4:7) - compare to (Eph 5:27) That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle. 

She is a well of living waters (4:15) - see John 7:38 - He that believeth on me, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
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SCENE VIII - She Awakens and the Veil is Lifted


Son 5:2 -6:3

The Shepherd comes for her, she falters and He is gone! Her soul failed when He spoke. (5:6) She goes to look for Him again and can't find Him until the watchmen find her and take away her veil. (5:7) The DOJ ask what's so special about this guy? Notice her change of attitude! Calls Him friend. (5:16) I am my beloved's (first) and (then) my beloved is mine. (6:3) Contrast with 2:16.

[B to C] (5:2)  I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, [C to B] Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.
[B to C] (5:3)  I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?
[B to DoJ] (5:4)  My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.
[B to DoJ] (5:5)  I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.
[B to DoJ] (5:6)  I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.
[B to DoJ] (5:7)  The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.

Reference: 2 Corinthians 3:13-16
13And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: 14But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 15But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

[B to DoJ] (5:8)  I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.
[DoJ to B] (5:9)  What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us?
[B to DoJ] (5:10)  My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.
[B to DoJ] (5:11)  His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.
[B to DoJ] (5:12)  His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.
[B to DoJ] (5:13)  His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.
[B to DoJ] (5:14)  His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.
[B to DoJ] (5:15)  His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
[B to DoJ] (5:16)  His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
[DoJ to B] (6:1)  Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee.
[B to DoJ] (6:2)  My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
[B to DoJ] (6:3)  I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.

See Luke 12:36 - When he cometh and knocketh, they may open to him immmediately. Of course, she didn't respond immediately did she? But in (5:7) nevertheless when her heart turned to the Lord her veil was lifted. - 2Cor3:16
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SCENE IX - Solomon Exposes His True Nature


Son 6:4 -7:10

Solomon makes one last ditch effort to impress her again with the goat and sheep analogy. But he shows his true colors in 6:8-9. "I have 60 wives, 80 mistresses and virgins without number just standing by. You are but one of them (undefiled). The DOJ taunt her.

[K to B] (6:4)  Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners.
[K to B] (6:5)  Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me: thy hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead.
[K to B] (6:6)  Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the washing, whereof every one beareth twins, and there is not one barren among them.
[K to B] (6:7)  As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks.
[K to B] (6:8)  There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number.
[K to B] (6:9)  My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.

[DoJ to B] (6:10)  Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?

[B to DoJ] (6:11)  I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded.
[B to DoJ] (6:12)  Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib.

[DoJ to B] (6:13)  Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon thee. [B to DoJ] What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies.
[DoJ to B] (7:1)  How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince's daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman.
[DoJ to B] (7:2)  Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.
[DoJ to B] (7:3)  Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins.
[DoJ to B] (7:4)  Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.
[DoJ to B] (7:5)  Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries.
[DoJ to B] (7:6)  How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!
[DoJ to B] (7:7)  This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.
[B to DoJ] (7:8)  I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples;
[B to DoJ] (7:9)  And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.
[B to DoJ] (7:10)  I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me.

You can just picture the DOJ lounging around their chamber teasing her about the things the King says to her. Note Rev 7:9 says the great multitude will be clothed in white robes, and palms in their hands. (v. 7:8 above)
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SCENE X - They are United Forevermore


Son 7:11 -8:14

She runs to her Beloved Shepherd and is His forevermore. She now rests in His love. His left hand should be under my head and His right hand should embrace me. (Contrast with 2:6) Tells Him to make haste my beloved upon the Mountains of Spices. (Ref. SCENE VII)

[B to C] (7:11)  Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages.
[B to C] (7:12)  Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves.
[B to C] (7:13)  The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.
[B to C] (8:1)  O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised.
[B to C] (8:2)  I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother's house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate.
[B to DoJ] (8:3)  His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.
[B to DoJ] (8:4)  I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.

She is betrothed!

Any man with a daughter of age will recognize this next scene. We’ve all seen our little girl all grown up coming up the driveway with her boyfriend interlocked so closely they can barely walk.

[F to B] (8:5)  Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee. (See Eze 16:4-8)
[C to B] (8:6)  Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.
[C to B] (8:7)  Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

A seal is set upon her heart, the seal of the Holy Spirit. (2Cor 1:22)

Love is as strong as death and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.

Reference: Romans 8:35-39
35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Bride's brothers express concern whether she is yet of age and whether or not she has been chaste.

[Bro to B] (8:8)  We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?
[Bro to B] (8:9)  If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.

The Bride lets them know without a doubt.

[B to Bro] (8:10)  I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.
[B to Bro] (8:11)  Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.
[B to Bro] (8:12)  My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

Final words of love between Christ and His Bride.

[C to B] (8:13)  Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.
[B to C] (8:14)  Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.


They are finally united! She tells Solomon he can keep his vineyard, she has her own! Christ says, the others listen to you (the Church), let me hear from you also (prayers and praise) She replies, be about your Father's business on the Mountains of Spices.

If we read through the entire love story in the Song of Solomon, we see the story of a young woman who is torn between the pleasures this world has to offer by the hand of a very rich man, King Solomon, who though he speaks words of love, does not see her as anything more than just another woman in his harem and the true love of a Shepherd who adores her and treats her with love, patience and tenderness. He loves her deeply and waits for her to realize it and come to her senses. There's a lesson here for all who would love and take a wife.




Reference: Ephesians 5:25-29
 25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

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