12:8 ; Deu. 28:47, Deu. "Tell me where to find thee, where I may have conversation with thee, where thou feedest and tendest thy flock, that there I may have some of my company.’’ Observe, by the way, We should not, in love to our friends and their company, tempt them or urge them to neglect their business, but desire such an enjoyment of them as will consist with it, and rather, if we can, to join with them in their business and help to forward it. All is ours if we are Christ’s. Here the conference is carried on between Christ and his spouse, and endearments are mutually exchanged.I. 2:13 ); not only we will walk, but we will run after thee, which denotes eagerness of desire, readiness of affection, vigour of pursuit, and swiftness of motion. Note, Believing souls are fair, in the eyes of the Lord Jesus, above any other. 6:24 .II. It is more probable that he penned it in the beginning of his time, while he kept close to God and kept up his communion with him; and perhaps he put this song, with his father’s psalms, into the hands of the chief musician, for the service of the temple, not without a key to it, for the right understanding of it. We are married to Christ, that we should bring forth unto God, Rom. 16:14 .IV. I am justly made a slavish keeper of men’s vineyards, because I have been a careless keeper of the vineyards God has entrusted me with.’’ Slothful servants of God are justly made to serve their enemies, that they may know his service, and the service of the kings of the countries, 2 Chr. 24:23, Mt. "Draw me, not only with the moral suasion which there is in the fragrancy of the good ointments, not only with the attractives of that name which is as ointment poured forth, but with supernatural grace, with the cords of a man and the bands of love,’’ Hos. This implies sense of distance from him, desire of union with him. Being brought into the chamber, [1.] Solomon, as a king, had great affairs to mind and manage, which took up much of his thoughts and time, yet he found heart and leisure for this and other religious exercises. Song of Solomon 1 Commentary. The penman of it; it is Solomon’s. 40:31 . How mildly he checks her for her ignorance, in these words, If thou know not, intimating that she might have known it if it had not been her own fault. She was sun-burnt, scorched with tribulation and persecution (Mt. No; if we speak of strength, thou art strong (Job. 55:5 . The humble reverence believers have for Christ as their Sovereign, v. 12. 31:28 ); he praises her, as is usual in poems, by similitudes. It is God only that is our exceeding joy, Ps. The strong affection they have for Christ as their beloved, their well-beloved, v. 13. [3.] 51:13 . The title she gives to Christ: O thou whom my soul loveth. Her petition for divine grace: Draw me. The nature of it; it is a song, that it might the better answer the intention, which is to stir up the affections and to heat them, which poetry will be very instrumental to do. 43:4 . Christ lays the beloved disciples in his bosom; why then should not they lay their beloved Saviour in their bosoms? She was fair and comely; whiteness was her proper colour; but she got this blackness by the burden and heat of the day, which she was forced to bear. He sits at this table to see his guests (Mt. 52:8 . 2. Kisses are opposed to wounds (Prov. 27:5 ; Isa. Bible Commentary / Produced by TOW Project Introduction to Song of Songs Back to Table of Contents Back to Table of Contents. Verses 7-11 Here is, I. 2:17 ), but helpers rather, and therefore abide by their tents.’’ Note, Those that would have acquaintance and communion with Christ must closely and conscientiously adhere to holy ordinances, must join themselves to his people and attend his ministers. 24:26 . The graces of God’s Spirit in the hearts of believers are exceedingly precious in themselves and pleasing to Christ, and his presence in ordinances draws them out into act and exercise. We are not only weak, and cannot come of ourselves any further than we are helped, but we are naturally backward and averse to come, and therefore must pray for those influences and operations of the Spirit, by the power of which we are unwilling made willing, Ps. 2:27 ), so that he is precious to them, and they to him and to one another. Bible Commentary Song of Solomon 3:1-5. It was comeliness which I put upon thee, said the Lord God; for we were born not only naked, but polluted, Eze. He is my Lord, and my God. Be not offended; for,(1.) The ornaments of the saints are many, but all orderly disposed in rows and chains, in which there is a mutual connexion with and dependence upon each other. We have no joy but in Christ, and which we are indebted to him for.’’ Gaudium in Domino —Joy in the Lord, was the ancient salutation, and Salus in Domino sempiterna —Eternal salvation in the Lord. Christ is a cluster of merit and righteousness to all believers; therefore he is dear to them because he is the propitiation for their sins. As Solomon reigned from around 970 to 931 BC the time of writing would have to be set in the middle of the 10th century BC. If he withdraw, graces wither and languish, as plants in the absence of the sun; if he approach, the face of the soul is renewed, as of the earth in the spring; and then it is time to bestir ourselves, that we may not lose the gleam, not lose the gale; for nothing is done acceptably but what grace does, Heb. He calls them friends. How he is accepted: He shall lie all night between my breasts, near my heart. A brother offended is hard to be won. What! 57:19 . 51:23 . It is good to be here. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. In this section (Song of Solomon 2:4-17) the maiden – either in a dream or daydream – thinks about her beloved and the love they have shared and will share. 3. When thou shalt enlarge my heart then I will run the way of thy commandments (Ps. Now, 1. Those that put themselves forth, in compliance with divine grace, shall find that their zeal will provoke many, 2 Co. 9:2 . 4:8 . Her mother’s children made her the drudge of the family. 1:1 This is the Song of songs, excellent above any others, for it is wholly taken up with describing the excellences of Christ, and the love between him and his redeemed people. G. Forty-seven words in the Song appear no where else in the Hebrew Bible. Observe,1. God is the King that has made the marriage-supper for his Son (Mt. (4-7) The maiden thinks about the provision and intimacy she has found. 4:7 ), and the knowledge of that love of his which surpasses knowledge; this is the one thing they desire, Ps. She turns from the daughters of Jerusalem, to whom she had complained both of her sins and of her troubles, and looks up to heaven for relief and succour against both, v. 7. To the bridegroom, not giving him any name or title, but beginning abruptly: Here is, I. The bridegroom is a king; so much the more wonderful is his condescension in the invitations and entertainments that he gives us, and so much the greater reason have we to accept of them and to run after him. Read Song of Solomon commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). It may be rendered, The song of songs, which is concerning Solomon, who as the son and successor of David, on whom the covenant of royalty was entailed, as the founder of the temple, and as one that excelled in wisdom and wealth, was a type of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, and yet is a greater than Solomon; this is therefore a song concerning him. It is not so much an answer fetched by faith from the world of Christ’s grace as an answer fetched by experience from the workings of his grace. 39:19 ), so that thou shalt with a gracious boldness mock at fear, and not be affrighted, like the lion, Prov. How unrighteous soever my brethren are in persecuting me, God is righteous in permitting them to do so. Salem Media Group. 14:4 . Blushing at their own deformity (says Mr. Durham) is a chief part of their beauty. Deu. Or, "Draw me’’ (says the believing soul) "and then I will not only follow thee myself as fast as I can, but will bring all mine along with me: We will run after thee, I and the virgins that love thee (v. 3), I and all that I have any interest in or influence upon, I and my house (Jos. We will remember to give thanks for thy love, and it shall make more durable impressions upon us than any thing in this world.’’(5.) With what tenderness he acquaints her where she might find him. Our desires are crowned with unspeakable delights; all our griefs vanish, and we will be glad and rejoice. The ordinances in which they honour him, are means of grace. 36:27 ), so we must say, "Thou shalt and we will; thou shalt work in us both to will and to do, and therefore we will work out our own salvation’’ (Phil. Christ has told us that none come to him but such as the Father draws, Jn. [2.] Christ’s love is in itself, and in the account of all the saints, more valuable and desirable than the best entertainments this world can give. The reader who is going through the Word of God for the first time is puzzled when he comes to it. The bridegroom’s friendship (v. 2): "Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, that is, be reconciled to me, and let me know that he is so; let me have the token of his favour.’’ Thus the Old-Testament church desired Christ’s manifesting himself in the flesh, to be no longer under the law as a schoolmaster, under a dispensation of bondage and terror, but to receive the communications of divine grace in the gospel, in which God is reconciling the world unto himself, binding up and healing what by the law was torn and smitten; as the mother kisses the child that she has chidden. Those that have the charge of families must bring them with them to religious assemblies; let their kids, their children, their servants, have the benefit of the shepherds’ tents. dost thou not know where to find me and my flock? 3:17 ), and, in order to that, the adulteries must be put from between the breasts (Hos. To be given in marriage, in the Hebrew dialect, is to be praised (Ps. This King has his royal table spread in the gospel, in which is made for all nations a feast of fat things, Isa. And God saith of Israel, Who is like thee? "Draw me to thyself, draw me nearer, draw me home to thee.’’ She had prayed that he would draw nigh to her (v. 2); in order to that, she prays that he would draw her nigh to him. Note, It is no new thing for the people of God to fall under the anger of their own mother’s children. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 119:32 ); when thy right hand upholds me then my soul follows hard after thee (Ps. I. He brought me to the banqueting house, Those that are lively will be active; when Philip was drawn to Christ he drew Nathanael; and they will be exemplary, and so will win those that would not be won by the word.(3.) The song of songs, which is Solomon's. He admires the beauty and ornaments of her countenance (v. 10): Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, the attire of the head, curls of hair, or favourites (so some), or knots of ribbons; thy neck also with chains, such as persons of the first rank wear, chains of gold. Though King Solomon, son of David by Bathsheba, was a man full of wisdom like none other before or after, his heart was turned away from God because of his compromise to intermarry with pagan women (1 Kings 11:1-5). 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