“…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.” (Song of Solomon 8:6b-c) “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all … [Read more...]
Song of Solomon
The Song of Solomon is a love song written by King Solomon; abounding in metaphors and oriental imagery. Historically it depicts the wooing and wedding of a sheperdess by King Solomon, and the joys and heartaches of wedded love.
Allegorically, it pictures Israel as God's betrothed bride (Hos 2:19-20), and the Church as the Bride of Christ. As human life finds its highest fulfillment in the love of a man and a woman, so spiritual life finds its highest fulfillment in the love of God for His People and Christ for His Church.
“Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm…” (Song of Solomon 8:6a) The Beloved tells His Bride to “set me as a seal upon thine heart.” In common terms, “seal” is to close or make secure an opening. For example: you seal the … [Read more...]
“I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me.” (Song of Solomon 7:10) What an astute observation by the Bride of Her Beloved’s desire, since the Beloved has been explaining His view of His Bride (Song of Solomon 6:4-7; 7:1-9). No, this is a … [Read more...]
“How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!” (Song of Solomon 7:6) The Beloved uses the word “fair” as an adjective meaning: pleasing in appearance, beautiful; also clean, pure; and clear. The synonyms for “fair” are attractive, … [Read more...]
The Daughters of Jerusalem have called the Bride, “O thou fairest among women” (Song of Solomon 5:9; 6:1); and now in verse 6:9: “The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.” There is no hint of … [Read more...]
Beginning in Song of Solomon 6:4, going through 7:9, the Beloved gives a beautiful physical description of his Bride. He begins his description by saying “Thou art beautiful, O my love.” Then he proceeds to describe her body parts (eyes, teeth, … [Read more...]