Song of Solomon Chapter 2
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Matthew Henry's Song of Solomon Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
The mutual love of Christ and his church. (1-7) The hope and calling of the church. (8-13) Christ's care of the church, Her faith and hope. (14-17)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. The lily is a very noble plant in the East; it grows to a considerable height, but has a weak stem. The church is weak in herself, yet is strong in Him that supports her. The wicked, the daughters of this world, who have no love to Christ, are as thorns, worthless and useless, noxious and hurtful. Corruptions are thorns in the flesh; but the lily now among thorns, shall be transplanted into that paradise where there is no brier or thorn. The world is a barren tree to the soul; but Christ is a fruitful one. And when poor souls are parched with convictions of sin, with the terrors of the law, or the troubles of this world, weary and heavy laden, they may find rest in Christ. It is not enough to pass by this shadow, but we must sit down under it. Believers have tasted that the Lord Jesus is gracious; his fruits are all the precious privileges of the new covenant, purchased by his blood, and communicated by his Spirit; promises are sweet to a believer, and precepts also. Pardons are sweet, and peace of conscience sweet. If our mouths are out of taste for the pleasures of sin, Divine consolations will be sweet to us. Christ brings the soul to seek and to find comforts through his ordinances, which are as a banqueting-house where his saints feast with him. The love of Christ, manifested by his death, and by his word, is the banner he displays, and believers resort to it. How much better is it with the soul when sick from love to Christ, than when surfeited with the love of this world! And though Christ seemed to have withdrawn, yet he was even then a very present help. All his saints are in his hand, which tenderly holds their aching heads. Finding Christ thus nigh to her, the soul is in great care that her communion with him is not interrupted. We easily grieve the Spirit by wrong tempers. Let those who have comfort, fear sinning it away.
8-13 The church pleases herself with thoughts of further communion with Christ. None besides can speak to the heart. She sees him come. This may be applied to the prospect the Old Testament saints had of Christ's coming in the flesh. He comes as pleased with his own undertaking. He comes speedily. Even when Christ seems to forsake, it is but for a moment; he will soon return with everlasting loving-kindness. The saints of old saw him, appearing through the sacrifices and ceremonial institutions. We see him through a glass darkly, as he manifests himself through the lattices. Christ invites the new convert to arise from sloth and despondency, and to leave sin and worldly vanities, for union and communion with him. The winter may mean years passed in ignorance and sin, unfruitful and miserable, or storms and tempests that accompanied his conviction of guilt and danger. Even the unripe fruits of holiness are pleasant unto Him whose grace has produced them. All these encouraging tokens and evidences of Divine favour, are motives to the soul to follow Christ more fully. Arise then, and come away from the world and the flesh, come into fellowship with Christ. This blessed change is owing wholly to the approaches and influences of the Sun of righteousness.
14-17 The church is Christ's dove; she returns to him, as her Noah. Christ is the Rock, in whom alone she can think herself safe, and find herself easy, as a dove in the hole of a rock, when struck at by the birds of prey. Christ calls her to come boldly to the throne of grace, having a great High Priest there, to tell what her request is. Speak freely, fear not a slight or a repulse. The voice of prayer is sweet and acceptable to God; those who are sanctified have the best comeliness. 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. This is a charge to believers to mortify their sinful appetites and passions, which are as little foxes, that destroy their graces and comforts, and crush good beginnings. Whatever we find a hinderance to us in that which is good, we must put away. He feedeth among the lilies; this shows Christ's gracious presence among believers. He is kind to all his people. It becomes them to believe this, when under desertion and absence, and so to ward off temptations. 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. Come over the mountains of Bether, "the mountains that divide," looking forward to that day of light and love. Christ will come over every separating mountain to take us home to himself.
Sheree's Song of Solomon Chapter 2 comment on 1/19/2014, 5:33am...
God gave us the gift of sex within marriage along with the physical act.. There is an emotional aspect of love language as well.. so, there must be a balance between the two.
Raymond Rupp's Song of Solomon Chapter 2 comment about verse 17 on 12/13/2013, 9:52pm...
It is written in stone at a local cemetary, i never knew what it meant, and and it scared me that i didnt know. I take a strange comfort in the meaning, and ashamed that i did not know it was in the bible!
Tucker Taylor's Song of Solomon Chapter 2 comment about verse 5 on 11/02/2013, 3:45pm...
Not knowing it was a bride to her new husband, saying, "I am so in love that I feel faint and need some food and drink to regain my composure," I have been interpreting the quote to mean, "I am so love-sick (and so heartbroken) that I need the diversion of food and drink to make my thoughts go in other directions than my plight of unrequited love."
So I really missed the meaning! But, on reflection, if one didn't know the context, my earlier mistaken interpretation makes sense, n'est-ce pas?
Frank's Song of Solomon Chapter 2 comment on 11/27/2012, 1:55pm...
I thought the song of Solomon was talking about romance and moral and emotional love but now I've understood it's about the love that God has for his children. Thank you KING JAMES.
Max Young Lynn's Song of Solomon Chapter 2 comment on 9/09/2012, 4:34pm...
The Song of Solomon is beautiful in expressing
God's love. Matthew Henry's interpretation of
Song of Solomon 2 is wonderous, beautiful and
fulfilling. Matthew Henry, please continue your
Chapters, I learn and absorb with my heart and
mind your biblical summations. Eloquently, I
find the word through this bible study. Thank you, and May God continue to bless you.
Lucie's Song of Solomon Chapter 2 comment on 8/09/2012, 6:46pm...
my husband and i just enjoyed a wonderful study with :The Songs of Solomon. My husband stated that before we had this study he thought it was all about a physical "Romance."WOW! the love of God is beautiful.
Jacob's Song of Solomon Chapter 2 comment on 5/17/2012, 10:16am...
I believe a literal translation of this book is perfectly fine. Husbands are instructed to love their wife's like Christ loves us so the parallels between the beloved and the Church are easy to make. Romantic intimacy could be how Christ views the Church but I think he would use different imagery to describe it.
What does chapter 2 verse 6 say to you?
"His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me".
And chapter 1 verse 4?
"Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers"
And to the comment below, I do not believe we have to ask God for mercy in order to understand the bible. In Romans Paul explains how the Holy Ghost as well as Jesus Christ intercedes for us.
"And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God." Romans 8:23
"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." Romans 8:26
"It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." Romans 8:34
Life is not about how holy we are or who understands the bible the most. We were made to be loved by God and love Him back.
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