Devotional Readings

Song of Solomon 5 – Challenges of Words

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.

Joh 15:15  Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Gill offers this intro to the chapter….

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.

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