ii. "He has conquered me with his love, overcome me with kindness, and that is the banner over me.’’ This she speaks of as what she had formerly had experience of, and she remembers it with delight. If that had been the case, the word would have been `beloved' as the triple use of it in Song of Solomon 1:15 indicates. Verses 8-13 The church is here pleasing herself exceedingly with the thoughts of her further communion with Christ after she has recovered from her fainting fit.I. It is not enough to pass by this shadow, but we must sit down under it. will be caught together with another person (the brothers or the beloved), and not by one person working alone. Verse 1. I never saw a healthy tree naked.” (Clark), that they enjoy the beauty of spring together. saying, “My beloved is mine, and I belong to him and a few other guys,” nor “I am my beloved’s and he is mine and he also belongs to 999 other women.”, iii. 119:20 ), My soul breaks for the longing that it has unto thy judgments, and (v. 81), My soul faints for thy salvation, languishing with care to make it sure and fear of coming short of it. This is called, "The most enigmatic verse in Song of Solomon. 68:13 ), for innocence and inoffensiveness; a gracious spirit is a dove-like spirit, harmless, loving quietness and cleanliness, and faithful to Christ, as the turtle to her mate. The frequent use of the outdoor motifs in the Song, particularly of the garden as a place for the lovers’ rendezvous, suggests that the vineyard itself is what is intended here.” (Carr), . 147:9 ) takes notice of those that sing for joy Ps. 19:4 ), they find that in Christ, in his name, his graces, his comforts, and his undertaking for poor sinners, which revives them and keeps them from fainting; those that are weary and heavily laden may find rest in Christ. Spring-time is pleasant time, and so is gospel-time. 6:8 . 1983-1999. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. [3.] Christ invites the new convert to arise from sloth and despondency, and to leave sin and worldly vanities, for union and communion with him. 10:4, Jn. Yet Christ will, when he pleases, withdraw those extraordinary communications of himself, for he is a free-agent, and the Spirit, as the wind, blows where and when it listeth, and in his pleasure it becomes us to acquiesce. Christ calls her to come boldly to the throne of grace, having a great High Priest there, to tell what her request is. How much better is it with the soul when sick from love to Christ, than when surfeited with the love of this world! How much better is it with the soul when sick from love to Christ, than when surfeited with the love of this world! Across cultures there is spike in the rate of divorce at about 4.5 years of marriage. I delight in the law of God after the inward man. The first step in teaching a child is the anointing of his lips with honey so that learning is identified with sweetness.” (Carr). The rose, for beauty and fragrance, is the chief of flowers, and our Saviour prefers the clothing of the lily before that of Solomon in all his glory. The love of Christ, manifested by his death, and by his word, is the banner he displays, and believers resort to it. The time of singing of birds has come. Let love be pure and undisturbed. The shadows of the Jewish dispensation were dispelled by the dawning of the gospel day. And a day of comfort will come after a night of desertion. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". When the sun rises the shades of the night vanish, so do the shadows of the day when the substance comes. And make no mistake about it, these words are extremely sensuous and erotic, as a glance at the Good News Bible translation will indicate. “The verbal root occurs twice in Genesis 15:10, where the meaning is obviously to divide an animal in a sacrificial ritual.” (Carr) Therefore, the Jerusalem Bible translates this, mountains of the covenant. Perhaps she said it with a touch of doubt, and he erased any doubt with his response. "She begs the attendant maidens not to disturb their private moments of love. This would make the words, "Until he please," carry the message, "Until he comes and rescues me." Taken more poetically, the maiden rejoices that her beloved and publicly and openly proclaimed his love for her, as if he had set up a, Sustain me with cakes of raisins, refresh me with apples. Now she says, “, I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys, The rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. 4:16 ), to tell what her petition is and what her request: Let me hear thy voice, hear what thou hast to say; what would you that I should do unto you? 5:7 . This is what the passage says. 32:2 Isa. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. And the couple were engaged. Those that are sanctified have the best comeliness.II. See my comment on Song of Solomon 1:15-17; 2:1 there. She dreamt that her special man would seek her out (, : “This word, here a pet name for the beloved… is the common Rock Dove, not the turtledove… the dove is a common symbol of love (the ‘lovebird’).” (Carr), . “It certainly does seem a great thing to call him mine; to think that he should ever be mine, and that all he is, and all he has, and all he says, and all he does, and all he ever will be, is all mine. Being conscious to herself of her own unfitness and unworthiness to come into his presence, and speak to him, she drew back, and was like a silly dove without heart, Hos. Promises are sweet to a believer, yea, and precepts too. I am the rose of Sharon Sharon was a very fruitful place, where David's cattle were fed, 1 Chronicles 27:29. i. A fine description of spring, 10-13. The bones that lay in the grave, as the roots of the plants in the ground during the winter, shall then flourish as a herb, Isa. The saw him looking through the windows of the ceremonial institutions and smiling through those lattices; in their sacrifices and purifications Christ discovered himself to them, and gave them intimations and earnests of his grace, both to engage and to encourage their longings for his coming. The mutual love of both, 14-17. Behold he cometh. , often including the lips, teeth, and the whole mouth. A child of God, under doubts and fears, is like the earth in winter, its nights long, its days dark, good affections chilled, nothing done, nothing got, the hand sealed up. The versions understand this of the flowers of the vine. The first risings of sinful thoughts and desires, the beginnings of trifling pursuits which waste the time, trifling visits, small departures from truth, whatever would admit some conformity to the world; all these, and many more, are little foxes which must be removed. : The maiden found a great sense of security and peace under the protective covering of her beloved. Oh how much better it is with the soul when it is sick of love to Christ than when it is surfeited with the love of this world! He was seen first behind the wall, and then in the court; and lastly came to the window of his bride's chamber. 2:1-7 Believers are beautiful, as clothed in the righteousness of Christ; and fragrant, as adorned with the graces of his Spirit; and they thrive under the refreshing beams of the Sun of righteousness. i. Song of Solomon 2:15. The church speaks 1. The love of Christ, manifested by his death, and by his word, is the banner he displays, and believers resort to it. What Solomon is saying here is that his style of loving affection shines like a lily among the thorns, a self-compliment that Solomon supposed that all "the daughters" agreed with. : The maiden described a feeling familiar to many who have known the thrill of romantic love. All Rights Reserved. . Also, look at the past tense: "I sat down"; "his fruit was sweet"; "he brought me," etc. This dove is in the clefts of the rock and in the secret places of the stairs. 52:2 . " The imagination of men has been turned completely loose on this verse. "He brought me to the banqueting house" (Song of Solomon 2:4). “Idiomatically, the ‘house of wine’ could be the place where wine is grown (, a vineyard), manufactured, stored, or consumed. 9:15 ), and take an entire complacency in the refreshment of it. Until the day break She was mourning like a dove (Isa. : 2:2: As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. Arise then, and come away from the world and the flesh, come into fellowship with Christ. In this chapter, I. Christ speaks both concerning himself and concerning his church (v. 1, v. 2). They love the vine, and they are eaten in autumn in some countries, according to Galen, when they are very fat with eating the grapes. (4-7) The maiden thinks about the provision and intimacy she has found. All rights reserved. (2) The beloved responds to the maiden. She professes her strong affection and most passionate love to Jesus Christ (v. 5): I am sick of love, overcome, overpowered, by it. Then he looks in at the window, observes the frame of our hearts and the working of our souls; he looks forth at the window, and shows himself in giving them some comfort, that they may continue hoping for his return.III. Although the shepherd is out all night with the flock, his wife lovingly, awaits and anticipates his return. She appeals to the women of the harem to bring food (Song of Solomon 2:5). Some understand this of the state of a believer when he is under a cloud; Christ is out of sight and yet not far off. We should never have come into the banqueting-house, never have been acquainted with spiritual pleasures, if Christ had not brought us, by opening for us a new and living way and opening in us a new and living fountain. 13:32 ); false prophets are foxes, Eze. 1. I am His by purchase, paid for by His own life. This appears to be highly characteristic of the gambols of the shepherds, and points out the ecstasy with which those who were enamoured ran to their mates. 23:6 . "Take care of the vineyard: set the traps for the foxes, which are spoiling the vines; and destroy their young as far as possible. Speak freely, fear not a slight or a repulse. By the roes, or by the hinds of the field. The maiden wants none of the onlookers to hinder or interrupt their love until it is fulfilled and consummated. The mountains of Bether are very hard to identify. Pope tells us of an alleged explanation, as follows: "The marauding foxes refer to the Amalekites who held a grudge against Jacob, and destroyed his birthright.
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