Song of Solomon

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Song of Solomon
Chapter 8

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1 O that thou wert as my brother that sucked the brests of my mother, when I should find thee without, I would kisse thee, yet I should not be despised.

2 I would leade thee, and bring thee into my mothers house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drinke of spiced wine, of the iuice of my pomegranate.

3 His left hand should be vnder my head, and his right hand should embrace me.

4 I charge you, O daughters of Ierusalem, that ye stirre not vp, nor awake my loue vntill he please.

5 (Who is this that commeth vp from the wildernesse, leaning vpon her beloued?) I raised thee vp vnder the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth, there she brought thee forth, that bare thee.

6 Set mee as a seale vpon thine heart, as a seale vpon thine arme: for loue is strong as death, iealousie is cruel as the graue: the coales thereof are coales of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

7 Many waters cannot quench loue, neither can the floods drowne it: if a man would giue all the substance of his house for loue, it would vtterly be contemned.

8 We haue a litle sister, and shee hath no breasts: what shall we doe for our sister, in the day when she shall bee spoken for?

9 If she be a wall, we will build vpon her a palace of siluer: and if she bee a dore, we will inclose her with boards of Cedar.

10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found fauour.

11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon, hee let out the vineyard vnto keepers: euery one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of siluer.

12 My vineyard which is mine, is before me: thou (O Solomon) must haue a thousand, and those that keepe the fruit thereof, two hundred.

13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to heare it.

14 Make haste, my beloued, and be thou like to a Roe, or to a yong Hart vpon the mountaines of spices.

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Commentary for Song of Solomon 8

Desire for communion with Christ. (1-4) The vehemence of this desire. (5-7) The church pleads for others. (8-12) And prays for Christ's coming. (13,14)1-4 The church wishes for the constant intimacy and freedom with the Lord Jesus that a sister has with a brother. That they might be as his brethren, which they are, when by grace they are made partakers of a Divine nature. Christ is become as our Brother; wherever we find him, let us be ready to own our relation to him, and affection for him, and not fear being despised for it. Is there in us an ardent wish to serve Christ more and better? What then have we laid up in store, to show our affection to the Beloved of our souls? What fruit unto holiness? The church charges all her children that they never provoke Christ to withdraw. We should reason with ourselves, when tempted to do what would grieve the Spirit.

5-7 The Jewish church came up from the wilderness, supported by Divine power and favour. The Christian church was raised from a low, desolate condition, by the grace of Christ relied on. Believers, by the power of grace, are brought up from the wilderness. A sinful state is a wilderness in which there is no true comfort; it is a wandering, wanting state: There is no coming out of this wilderness, but leaning on Christ as our Beloved, by faith; not leaning to our own understanding, nor trusting in any righteousness of our own; but in the strength of him, who is the Lord our Righteousness. The words of the church to Christ which follow, entreat an abiding place in his love, and protection by his power. Set me as a seal upon thine heart; let me always have a place in thine heart; let me have an impression of love upon thine heart. Of this the soul would be assured, and without a sense thereof no rest is to be found. Those who truly love Christ, are jealous of every thing that would draw them from him; especially of themselves, lest they should do any thing to provoke him to withdraw from them. If we love Christ, the fear of coming short of his love, or the temptations to forsake him, will be most painful to us. No waters can quench Christ's love to us, nor any floods drown it. Let nothing abate our love to him. Nor will life, and all its comforts, entice a believer from loving Christ. Love of Christ, will enable us to repel and triumph over temptations from the smiles of the world, as well as from its frowns.

8-12 The church pleads for the Gentiles, who then had not the word of God, nor the means of grace. Those who are brought to Christ themselves, should contrive what they may do to help others to him. Babes in Christ are always seen among Christians, and the welfare of their weak brethren is an object of continual prayer with the stronger believers. If the beginning of this work were likened to a wall built upon Him the precious Foundation and Corner-stone, then the Gentile church would become as a palace for the great King, built of solid silver. If the first preaching of the gospel were as the making a door through the wall of partition, that door should be lasting, as cased with boards of durable cedar. She shall be carefully and effectually protected, enclosed so as to receive no damage. The church is full of care for those yet uncalled. Christ says, I will do all that is necessary to be done for them. See with what satisfaction we should look back upon the times and seasons, when we were in his eyes as those that find favour. Our hearts are our vineyards, which we must keep with all diligence. To Christ, and to his praise, all our fruits must be dedicated. All that work for Christ, work for themselves, and shall be unspeakable gainers by it.

13,14 These verses close the conference between Christ and his church. He first addresses her as dwelling in the gardens, the assemblies and ordinances of his saints. He exhorts her to be constant and frequent in prayers, supplications, and praises, in which he delights. She replies, craving his speedy return to take her to be wholly with Him. The heavens, those high mountains of sweet spices, must contain Christ, till the times come, when every eye shall see him, in all the glory of the better world. True believers as they are looking for, so they are hastening to the coming of that day of the Lord. Let every Christian endeavour to perform the duties of his station, that men may see his good works, and glorify his heavenly Father. Continuing earnest in prayer for what we want, our thanksgivings will abound, and our joy will be full; our souls will be enriched, and our labours prospered. We shall be enabled to look forward to death and judgment without fear. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Song of Solomon 8

  • BSP
    Verse 4: She did not want to be pressured into courting or loving someone. She wanted these feelings to come naturally and at the right time.
  • Rhonda
    Many waters cannot quench love.
  • Maria Baker
    Song of Songs is the most praiseworthy, most excellent, and most highly treasured among the songs.it speaks of Love 's great victory over all temperatures to infidelity.
  • Insight 777
    Verse 1, Israel is acknowledging that they share the same father as Lebanon but not the same mother. There would be no differences in faith or belief if they both had the same mother. They would treat each other as true brothers. Verse 2 they could share military defense as family. Verse 4, Israel is asking that none force themselves upon Lebanon until Lebanon is ready, until Lenbanon has decided what THEY want. Verse 6 is asking Lebanon to be an ally, not to be jealous of Israel because jealosy fans the coals of war. Verse 7, there is safety in unity and even if the many waters of common enemies approach, they will be defeated. The little sister is the border-wall that stands between them that can not nurture the future on her own. Verse 9, If joined together both nations, Israel and Lebanon, will prosper economically and in security.
  • William Jurie for verse 10
    "I am a wall, " He is our protector in times when the storms of this world try to sweep us away. "and my breasts like towers " When Jesus find us He became a tower where we hide ourselves and feed us with His Word like a mother feeding her baby no matter if the place where she is the wind is blowing she will turn her back to the side of the wind whilst feeding her baby. "then was I in his eyes as one that found favour. " Whenever a mother breastfeeds her child her eyes will be upon the baby, in the same way when we look up to our Lord each day we realize than we have found favour from God to save us with His precious blood that was spilled on the cross so that we may be saved. His eyes reflects the favour we received from Him.
  • This passage in the Song of Solomon is the strongest evidence that God is Love and Love is God; and that both are eternal.

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