Song of Solomon 8 – Final Advice For the Young

The opening verses of this closing chapter of the Song of Songs begin with a seemingly strange statement by the bride that she wishes that she

Vineyard near Hebron.Grapes are one of the most important products of Palestine. The first mention of them is in the life of Noah. It is afterwards frequently mentioned both in the Old and New Testaments. Dried grapes and wine were the most frequent products of vineyards.

Vineyard near Hebron.
Grapes are one of the most important products of Palestine. The first mention of them is in the life of Noah. It is afterwards frequently mentioned both in the Old and New Testaments. Dried grapes and wine were the most frequent products of vineyards.

and the  king had been brother and sister. She simply means by this that she wishes she had been given the privilege of knowing him all of her life, growing together, and even receiving the benefit of instruction from him through the years. In that context, she longs for his embrace, but once again speaks of not stirring up or awakening love until it pleases.

The Shulammite girl is in love with her husband, but she does not regret having kept herself chaste. She thinks once again, more fondly this time, of the protection of her brothers as she grew up. They, who still regard her as a little girl with no breasts, around whom they would build a wall to keep her chaste. – should she instead of being a wall herself  become a door.

The Shulammite states that though she grew into a woman with very large breasts, she also had become a wall – keeping chastity as her companion until love awakened at the proper time – in marriage to her beloved. She now invites the king (who had kept his own vineyard) into the vineyard that is that is theirs to share as man and wife.

Make haste, my beloved,
and be like a gazelle
or a young stag
on the mountains of spices.

Read or listen to audio of ESV version of this selection from this link.

/Bob’s boy
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some images © V. Gilbert & Arlisle F. Beers

Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Bible Reading Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  

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