SONG OF SOLOMON
The following comments are from Navigator's and Quiet Time Diary journals. One verse will be entered, then the comment, then the date.
1:2 May he kiss me with the kisses of his
While many people think this book was written
by Solomon, this second verse seems to have been written by a woman in love —
perhaps with Solomon.
1:6a Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun.
The person who wrote this verse, or spoke in this verse was black (or dark skinned). God loves ALL people and not just white men! It's great to have a reference to other races in the Bible to help us remember everyone. (DRM 1/29/89)
2:4 He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.
This verse may have been written from a "beloved" to a "lover," but I think of Jesus as the person who loves me — and His banner over me is love (also). (DRM 1/20/89)
2:9 "My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
This verse makes me think of anticipation when I hope something exciting is going to happen. This is written from the woman's point of view and how she describes the arrival of her young, energetic male friend. Someday our "Groom" — Jesus will come in a similar way. (DRM 11/3/06)
3:5 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field; Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.
Not only for the "daughters," but also the "sons" — we should be willing to wait for God's leading on who we will marry. We should not choose, but let Him direct us to that person. (DRM 1/31/89)
4:7 All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you.
This whole chapter deals with a lovers description of his beloved. This verse was special because it could be used to describe our love for Christ - there is no flaw in Him. (DRM 2/1/89)
5:16 His mouth is sweetness itself; he is altogether lovely. This is my lover, this is my friend. O daughters of Jerusalem.
A sweet mouth? This man obviously didn't swear! Lovely? Handsome? Lover is friend? I always thought that to love someone that first you had to be their friend! (DRM 2/2/89)
Most of these verses (5:10 - 6:3) are a description of the attributes of the man by the bride. I chose this verse only to show that the words that he spoke were sweet, not rough or vulgar like is heard so much today. It seems that this would be a description of the future Jesus - or has some of the attributes of a true Christian. (DRM 11/4/06)
6:3a I am my lover's and my lover is mine
Sharing everything is a part of marriage. Nothing should be hidden from the other person. This verse reminds me of that sharing. (DRM 2/3/89)
7:6 How beautiful you are and how pleasing, O Love, with your delights.
The song continues in this chapter in it's loving descriptions of the "lover" and the "beloved." This verse makes me think of my love for Christ, but I can't imagine His love for me! (DRM 2/4/89)
8:7 Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.
Again this chapter refers to lovers, but God is love and His love for us can not be quenched. We can not buy His love for any price. He gave us this love through Jesus! (DRM 2/5/89)