Song of Solomon
Chapter 3

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By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

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.

3 The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?

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.

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.

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?

7 Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel.

8 They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night.

9 King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon.

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.

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.

Commentary for Song of Solomon 3

The trials of the church by the withdrawing of Christ. (1-5) The excellences of the church, The care of Christ for her. (6-11)1-5 It was hard to the Old Testament church to find Christ in the ceremonial law; the watchmen of that church gave little assistance to those who sought after him. The night is a time of coldness, darkness, and drowsiness, and of dim apprehensions concerning spiritual things. At first, when uneasy, some feeble efforts are made to obtain the comfort of communion with Christ. This proves in vain; the believer is then roused to increased diligence. The streets and broad-ways seem to imply the means of grace in which the Lord is to be sought. Application is made to those who watch for men's souls. Immediate satisfaction is not found. We must not rest in any means, but by faith apply directly to Christ. The holding of Christ, and not letting him go, denotes earnest cleaving to him. What prevails is a humble, ardent suing by prayer, with a lively exercise of faith on his promises. So long as the faith of believers keeps hold of Christ, he will not be offended at their earnest asking, yea, he is well pleased with it. The believer desires to make others acquainted with his Saviour. Wherever we find Christ, we must take him home with us to our houses, especially to our hearts; and we should call upon ourselves and each other, to beware of grieving our holy Comforter, and provoking the departure of the Beloved.

6-11 A wilderness is an emblem of the world; the believer comes out of it when he is delivered from the love of its sinful pleasures and pursuits, and refuses to comply with its customs and fashions, to seek happiness in communion with the Saviour. A poor soul shall come up, at last, under the conduct of the Comforter; like a cloud of incense ascending from the altar, or the smoke of the burnt-offerings. This signifies pious and devout affections, and the mounting of the soul heaven-ward. The believer is filled with the graces of God's Spirit; his devotions now are very lively. These graces and comforts are from the heavenly Canaan. He, who is the Peace of his people, the King of the heavenly Zion, has provided for the safe conveyance of his redeemed through the wilderness of this world. The bed, or palanquin, was contrived for rest and easy conveyance, but its beauty and magnificence showed the quality of its owner. The church is well guarded; more are with her than are against her: believers, when they repose in Christ, and with him, though they have their fears in the night, are yet safe. The chariot here denotes the covenant of redemption, the way of our salvation. This is that work of Christ, which makes him loved and admired in the eyes of believers. It is framed and contrived, both for the glory of Christ, and for the comfort of believers; it is well ordered in all things and sure. The blood of the covenant, that rich purple, is the cover of this chariot, by which believers are sheltered from the wind and storms of Divine wrath, and the troubles of this world; but the midst of it is that love of Christ which passes knowledge, this is for believers to repose upon. Christ, in his gospel, manifests himself. Take special notice of his crown. Applying this to Christ, it speaks the honour put upon him, and his power and dominion.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Song of Solomon 3

  • Bob Hilt on Song of Solomon 3
    Someone sent this to me so I can not take credit. Sadly few seem to really understand the mission of the Church.

    Persecution shall bring revival to the remnant church and separate the wheat from the tares or weeds.

    Jesus promised us we would be hated:

    Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

    We are warned of Tribulation or Trouble in this world

    Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

    Paul warned us of persecution in 2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

    someone sent this to me:

    "Everyone is always searching for the"One" sign/event that will trigger Christ's return, yet completely ignore the One thing that is the determining factor of when Christ returns.

    It's not about what king or kingdom is doing that is the final event, It's what the Church is like, what the Church is doing.

    Jesus is returning for a Bride that has Made Herself READY.....

    A Church Triumphant.

    His return is not a rescue mission,

    It is a completion of the task He appointed the Church to fulfill and until She does, He will NOT return.

    He is coming for a Bride that has made herself ready to be received by her husband, Her gown washed white in His blood, without spot or wrinkle.

    The Bride is still not ready, the Great exploits of the Church has not yet occurred because She is still too immature, too busy acting childish. When She matures, then we will see the sings and wonders take place that will bring about the greatest revival in human history. The Latter rain is to be greater then the Former Rain."
  • Omolara on Song of Solomon 3
    @john,you are wrong. Where is it written in the bible that you can have sex before marriage? You can please read what is fornication from the bible. Also read about sexual immorality.
  • They were rightfully reveling in their sexuality and their love which contradicts today's church teaching on sex where they tell kids in general and little girls in particular that sex is: "bad, dirty and wrong and that good girls don't do it". They never teach all the sex positive messages from the Bible. They also violate the scriptural command not to add to the Word or take away from it. The churches lie and tell us that you have to wait to get married to have sex. Not true.

    You were permitted to have sex before marriage but the man had to endow the woman to be his wife. So it was not sin as long as they got married at some future point afterwards
  • John F Wilder - in Reply on Song of Solomon 3
    And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife. Exodus 22:16

    The churches also change God's plan for marriage. In the OT kids became adults at 13 and got married at 14-15 when their hormones were raging. Now the churches and parents tell kids to got to college and get a degree then a good job and wait to have sex until then when you are married which totally is against God's plan for marriage
  • Hogan - in Reply on Song of Solomon 3
    1 Corinthians 7:9-But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

    Bible Definition for burn: pyro-to be inflamed with sexual desire,

    Hebrews 13:4-Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

    Bible definition amiantos: undefiled-not defiled, unsoiled, pure, free from that by which the nature of a thing is deformed and debased, or its force and vigour impaired

    Bible definition of pure: katharos- pure clean.

    God considers marriage sex clean. Anything outside of that is unclean.

    1Th 4:7- For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
  • Adam - in Reply on Song of Solomon 3
    Hi John,

    >"The churches also change God's plan for marriage."

    What do you mean by 'churches' change God's plan for marriage? How? Which churches? Ones you attend or do you assume all are a certain way because of some you visited or a few people within the church you spoke to? Aren't the people who attend church just reading what the Bible says? In the decades I've attended churches- hundreds of them, not once have I seen anyone 'change' God's plan for marriage.

    In your previous comment you claimed that premarital sex is not sinful which is not what the Bible says, and now you're claiming to know God's plan for marriage? How do we know what you're saying isn't the devil's plan? And why assume that a cultural difference in popular marital age is God's plan? Paul said to stay single if you can and that's in the Bible, so I don't know how you assume God thinks everyone must get married by a certain age or that its ok to sin. If you put your hope and trust in God and learn about Him from the Bible and consider that an authority then what are your Bible references to back up this claim?
  • Adam - in Reply on Song of Solomon 3
    >"So it was not sin as long as they got married at some future point afterwards"

    Hello, I'm not sure who told you that, but that doesn't come from God and isn't Biblical or true. The father of lies (satan) loves distorting the minds of Christians and encouraging them to spread falsehoods to others. Even though Christians are saved by grace sin is a big deal and should be avoided at nearly all costs. John 14:15, Matthew 5:29-30. Matthew 7:16-27, Matthew 7:26-27, Galatians 5:17, Hebrews 10:26.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Song of Solomon 3
    1 Corinthians Chapter 7:7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

    8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

    9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
  • Hogan - in Reply on Song of Solomon 3
    I also see that you've used some kind of reference to the old testament to support your message. Here is the bible version of the old testament to support this verse in the new testament.

    1Cor. 10:8 - Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

    Please Read Old Testament Scriptures: Num 25:1-9; Psa 106:29; Rev 2:14.
  • John F Wilder - in Reply on Song of Solomon 3
    You misunderstand the Biblical word fornication. Fornication was false god worship of the false gods of

    Baal and Ashtoreth, the god and goddess of fertility. The worship was sex in the groves in an open orgy

    where everyone was watching everyone else having sex. It was the pornography of the times. If you did

    not have a willing woman partner as a man, then the temple would rent you a prostitute,. If a woman did

    not have a male willing partner, then the temple would rent her a male prostitute to have sex with. Interestingly,

    the words for these prostitutes were porneuo and pornea from which we transliterate rigth out of the Bible

    for our terms of pornography today. It was the same practice of watching other people having sex.


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