Song of Solomon
Chapter 5

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1 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.

2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.

3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?

4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.

5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.

6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.

7 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.

8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.

9 What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us?

10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.

11 His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.

12 His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.

13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.

14 His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.

15 His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.

16 His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

Commentary for Song of Solomon 5

Christ's answer. (1) The disappointments of the church from her own folly. (2-8) The excellences of Christ. (9-16)1 See how ready Christ is to accept the invitations of his people. What little good there is in us would be lost, if he did not preserve it to himself. He also invites his beloved people to eat and drink abundantly. The ordinances in which they honour him, are means of grace.

2-8 Churches and believers, by carelessness and security, provoke Christ to withdraw. We ought to notice our spiritual slumbers and distempers. Christ knocks to awaken us, knocks by his word and Spirit, knocks by afflictions and by our consciences; thus, #Re 3:20|. When we are unmindful of Christ, still he thinks of us. Christ's love to us should engage ours to him, even in the most self-denying instances; and we only can be gainers by it. Careless souls put slights on Jesus Christ. Another could not be sent to open the door. Christ calls to us, but we have no mind, or pretend we have no strength, or we have no time, and think we may be excused. Making excuses is making light of Christ. Those put contempt upon Christ, who cannot find in their hearts to bear a cold blast, or to leave a warm bed for him. See the powerful influences of Divine grace.

He put in his hand to unbolt the door, as one weary of waiting. This betokens a work of the Spirit upon the soul. The believer's rising above self-indulgence, seeking by prayer for the consolations of Christ, and to remove every hinderance to communion with him; these actings of the soul are represented by the hands dropping sweet-smelling myrrh upon the handles of the locks. But the Beloved was gone! By absenting himself, Christ will teach his people to value his gracious visits more highly. Observe, the soul still calls Christ her Beloved. Every desertion is not despair. Lord, I believe, though I must say, Lord, help my unbelief. His words melted me, yet, wretch that I was, I made excuses. The smothering and stifling of convictions will be very bitter to think of, when God opens our eyes. The soul went in pursuit of him; not only prayed, but used means, sought him in the ways wherein he used to be found. The watchmen wounded me. Some refer it to those who misapply the word to awakened consciences. The charge to the daughters of Jerusalem, seems to mean the distressed believer's desire of the prayers of the feeblest Christian. Awakened souls are more sensible of Christ's withdrawings than of any other trouble.

9-16 Even those who have little acquaintance with Christ, cannot but see amiable beauty in others who bear his image. There are hopes of those who begin to inquire concerning Christ and his perfections. Christians, who are well acquainted with Christ themselves, should do all they can to make others know something of him. Divine glory makes him truly lovely in the eyes of all who are enlightened to discern spiritual things. He is white in the spotless innocence of his life, ruddy in the bleeding sufferings he went through at his death. This description of the person of the Beloved, would form, in the figurative language of those times, a portrait of beauty of person and of grace of manners; but the aptness of some of the allusions may not appear to us. He shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all that believe. May his love constrain us to live to his glory.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Song of Solomon 5

  • Abubakar kabir Ibrahim on Song of Solomon 5:16
    Good day to you, my name is abubakar and I'm a muslim from Nigeria
    My question is that why is it that whenever Jesus Christ (pbuh) is addressing his people he'll rightly say o people of Israel, does this mean that he was only sent for the Israel or for the whole of humanity like the christian claimly said. Thank you.
  • Chris - in Reply on Song of Solomon 5:16
    In Injil-e-muqaddas, we see the words of Jesus in John chap 3: For God so loved the world (ALL peoples of ALL nations He made), that He gave His only begotten Son (His Word = 'Kalimat-ullah' sent to this Earth & clothed in the form of man) see John 1:1-14; that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life".(v16). "Jesus came unto His own (the Jews), & His own received Him not (rejected & crucified Him). But as many as received Him (believe & accept His sacrifice by faith), to them gave He power (the right, privilege) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name" (John 1:11,12). Yes, Jesus came for the Jews, but His love extends to you & me also.
  • Mike - in Reply on Song of Solomon 5
    Mat 15:24

    "But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

    Matthew 15:27 (she was blessed recognizing Israel's program)

    "And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."

    Rom11:11

    "I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles,..."

    Eph 2

    12 That at that time ye were without Christ, ....and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

    13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

    2 Cor 5:16

    "Wherefore...: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more."

    Eph3:2 (givenPaul (1 Cor 15 v1-4) not Peter

    "If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward

    Gal 2v7 two gospels (uncir Paul circum Peter)
  • Mike Gaffney - in Reply on Song of Solomon 5
    If you do not obey 2 Timothy 2 verse 15 you will have difficulty understanding. Gentles would have been blessed through Israel's promises. Israel promises were interrupted and they were put on hold. Jesus was a minister to the circum (Romans 15 v 8). Saul of tarsus was saved which was a mystery hid in God. Study Roman 11 and Eph chapters 2 and 3. Read these chapters overandover again. Paul is the apostle to the Gentles (Jew and Gentles are saved by 1 Cor. 15 1-4 now. The Gospel of Paul was different than Peter's Gospel. Peter preached the Gospel of the circum and Paul preached the gospel of the uncircumc. Believe 1Cor 15 v 1-4.Peter never preached 1 Cor 15 1-4
  • Hello Abubakar, that's a good question. While Jesus had his chosen people of Israel he spent most of his time with, Jesus came to Earth and died on the cross to save all people. Jesus said to teach 'all nations' Matthew 28:19, to 'all the world' Matthew 24:14, and was given first to the Jews then to Greeks (meaning others): Romans 1:16. Jesus couldn't be everywhere at once so he chose a certain place and people to focus his ministry on, but it's for everyone in the world. He has a heart for everyone- remember Jesus's story of the good Samaritan about being a good neighbor to everyone: Luke 10:25-37
  • Matthew 28 this will be in the millennium period

    19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

    1 Corinthians 1:17 Paul came not to baptize

    "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect."

    Paul's gospel

    3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

    4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

    Peter preached the death of Christ as a murder indictment against Israel

    Acts 3

    14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;

    15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead;....

    Acts 3:19 (May be blotted out?) Different from Paul

    "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,
  • Annysia on Song of Solomon 5
    This chapter accurately represents the relationship many have with God. He calls for us to open the door, but we do not answer. It might be due to laziness or spite, but we leave the door closed. But when He leaves, we seek him out and He may or may not come back. Have we ever closed the door on Him? And how willing are we to seek Him back?
  • THOMAS on Song of Solomon 5
    The song of Solomon is not an allegory of Christ and his church It is about godly courtship and chastity before marriage. I can see where the church Fathers would try to place Christ in this book but it just does not fit.
  • Insight 777 on Song of Solomon 5
    There is symbolism in the song of Solomon but what is flattered, courted and desired is made clear in verses 15 and 16. The object of desire is Lebanon. Jerusalem needs Lebanon as an ally. Verse 7 speaks of violence. Israel needs control or alliance with Lebanon for self defense. The walls are the borders and the veil is what one has for protection. The Israeli and Lebanese border is volatile. Currently, Israel has attacked Hezbollah in Syria and this border between Lebanon and Israel is on alert. Israel has made airstrikes over the past 2 years targeting shipments of advanced weapons from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Israel needs the friendship of Lebanon to fight Hezbollah.
  • Brandon on Song of Solomon 5
    I in Song of Solomon chapter 5. What is the name of the woman there in this chapter and where do we find Jesus in it?


 

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