I’m not much for the flowery words found in most Christian writings today. But as I read today’s text I probably need to be a bit more open to the embellishments that others do find useful.
Song of Solomon 5
INTRODUCTION TO SONG OF SOLOMON 5
This chapter begins with Christ’s answer to the church’s request; in which he informs her, that he was come into his garden, as she desired, and gives an account of what he had done there; and kindly invites his dear friends to feast with him there, Son 5:1; Then she relates her case and circumstances, which followed upon this, her sleepy frame, and ungrateful carriage to her beloved; which he resenting, withdrew from her, and this gave her sensible pain, Son 5:2; what treatment she met with from the watchmen; her charge to the daughters of Jerusalem; and the questions they asked about her beloved, Son 5:7; which put her upon giving a large description of him, by each of his parts, head, hair, &c. Son 5:10; And the chapter is concluded with a general commendation of him and his loveliness, and a claim of interest in Son 5:16.
Here are those last few verses.
Son 5:8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.
Son 5:9 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?
The Bride Praises Her Beloved
Son 5:10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.
Son 5:11 His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.
Son 5:12 His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.
Son 5:13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.
Son 5:14 His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.
Son 5:15 His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
Son 5:16 His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.