Song of Solomon
Chapter 8

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1 O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised.

2 I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother's house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate.

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

4 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.

5 Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee.

6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: 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.

7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

8 We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?

9 If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, 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 favour.

11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.

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

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

14 Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.

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.
  • Nevermore Mazongo
    1. Verses 1 to 3 Again tell us to love the Word of God with all our hearts.
    God requires us to accept Jesus Christ, the Messiah without any reservations.
    We should always keep the Word of God very very close to our hearts.

    2. Verse 4 calls upon all detractors to refrain from interferring with our relationship with God.
    These detractors come in different forms like the dark forces, bad friends,bad spouses,false religions,movies,sports,alcohol,drugs,adultery, worldly persuits and desires just to mention but a few.

    3.Verse 5 tells us that Jesus Christ, the Messiah can raise us from very desperate situations and give us a new lease of life.(A rebirth).

    It does not matter how deep we have sunk in the pit of sin, only if we turn to Jesus Christ, the Messiah, then our sins will be washed away and we will be restored to our rightful glory as children of God.
    Those who have ears let them hear!

    God saves you regardless of how low you have fallen in sin.This is the TRUTH.

    4.Verse 6 is an intruction from God to humankind to follow his Word diligently both in mind and in deeds.Set me as a seal upon thy heart and set a seal upon thy hand.
    This verse tells us frankly that the rewards for accepting Jesus Christ, the Messiah, as our Saviour are equal and opposite to the consequencies of living in sin.

    When one follows the Word of God one receives eternal life.This is the TRUTH.

    When one rejects Jesus Christ, the Messiah then the reward is death and eternal torment.This is the TRUTH.

    No sin is too small or too big for God to rescue someone who has called for help.This is the TRUTH.

    5.Verse 7 teaches us that there are no forces in the whole world that can withstand the Word of God.

    The verse also teaches us that no matter how rich someone is, one cannot bribe one's way to God.

    Money cannot buy righteousness or salvation.

    Even all the money and wealth in the world cannot buy one's way to salvation.

    In fact it a laughable exercise because the Word of God cannot be bought by worldly possessions.

    6.Verses 8 and 9 refer to false religions and people who are half hearted in their worship of God.

    For a woman not having breasts is a serious shortcoming.How does she feed her baby?

    For a religion which is false cannot stand the test for conformity with the Word of God.

    False religions are not compatible to the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

    False religions fail the test of conformity to the Word of God.

    These are forgiveness, mercy,no retribution,
    compassion,equality of humankind before God,free will,No punishmet of a human being by another human being for sin,No idolatry and creating images of worship,No sacred shrines,compulsion to pray, compulsion to dress, and so forth.

    All these issues were clearly spelled out by Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

    False religions are self glorifying and lead humankind astray.They shower themselves with countless superlatives but alas! they never practise what they preach from their hearts.

    False religions take away humankind's God given gift of FREE WILL (FREE CHOICE).
    e.g If you commit adultery you will be stoned to death.If you commit apostasy you will be killed.If you drink alcohol you will be flogged.
    If you burn a religious book you will be killed.
    If you redicule the prophet you will be killed.
    Why does the prophet not take care of himself?

    Let God judge His own people.We people do not have the authority to judge and punish other people.

    This is according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
    This is according to the Word of God.

    Whoever goes against the Word of God leads people astray and should quickly repent of their sin to gain God's mercy and forgiveness.

    6. Verse 9 is a requirement for all true believers to help others to overcome their shortcomings.
    Those who have serious shortcomings should not be despised.
    They should be helped in love and kindness.

    This is a duty for all true believers.Those who have freely accepted Jesus Christ, the Messiah as their true Saviour.

    7.Verse 10 tells us that if we are upright and walking in the ways of God, then we find favour in God's eyes.
    God is pleased with us and HE blesses us.

    8. Verses 11 and 12 are a very important lesson to humankind.
    This world is God's vineyard which he rents out to us people (keepers).

    God requires rentals in terms of our good deeds and our help to others and walking in his ways.

    If a person is living in sin that person wont be able to pay God for the time you are 'renting' on earth.You will fall into spiritual arrears.

    If a person is doing good that person finds favour in God's eyes and receives blessings.

    God expects a person to help others to righteousness according to that person's capabilities and circumstances.

    For people with the same capabilities and circumsances God expects also equal efforts to uplift humankind to righteousness and to do good.

    8.Verses 13 and 14 tell us about the influence of the Word of God.
    It reaches even the most unlikely of places.And all the people should hearken to the Word of God.

    Verse 14 teaches us that as true believers we should yearn for the quick spreading of the Word of God to all the four corners of the world.

    We should be tools in making sure the Word of God spreads without any hindrance.

    Jesus Christ, the Messiah will reach out to all humankind all over the world and there will remain noone in this world who will plead ignorance of the existence of Jesus Christ, the Messiah when he comes for the SECOND time.

    If we repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ, the Messiah as our Saviour we will surely receive Salvation.

    Brothers and Sisters the choice is ours.God loves us to the extreme.

    Why do we turn our backs to Light and plunge ourselves into darkness where there is nothing except suffering and death?

    Those who have ears let them hear.

    Glory be to God All Mighty!

    Amen!
  • Anonymous
    This needs to be rewritten. None of this makes sense...Like the rest of it.

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In the Song of Songs, where does Solomon say his vineyard is located?
  • Gilead
  • Baalhamon
  • Lebanon
  • Egypt