The Song of Solomon5 Studies<br />Study 4, Songs 7 - 9<br />6th October 2010<br />
Study 3, Songs 4 - 6<br />Song 4: The Bride’s Search For Her Beloved<br />Seeking, loving, finding – a fourfold repetition...
Reminder of our 5 studies (God willing)<br />Study 2<br />Study 4<br /><ul><li>Introduction & Background
Songs 1–3
Songs 4–6
Songs 7–9
Songs 10–12 & Conclusion</li></ul>Study 1<br />Study 3<br />Study 5<br />
The 12 Songs – our suggested split<br />Song 1ch. 1v1-8<br />[8 verses]<br />Song 2 ch. 1v9-2v7<br />[16 verses]<br />Song...
Our script<br />But again, two brief diversions...<br />
Much maligned/misunderstood<br />Variously described by so-called ‘Christian’ writers and higher critics as ‘erotic’ ‘miso...
“The Book of Love”<br />A search for the English word love and all its variant forms uncovers total 67 appearances:<br />‘...
SONG 7 – chapter 5 v 2 – 6 v 10<br />
Overview of Song 7<br />Song 7: His First Advent And Love’s Awakening<br />In numbers<br />A synopsis<br /><ul><li>25 vers...
25 verses dialogue
Bride (16 verses)
Bridegroom (6 verses)
Virgins (2 verses)
Queen (1 verse)</li></ul>5 v. 2-5 His first advent, awakened to Divine Love<br />5 v. 6-8 Persecution – the anguish of lov...
Song 7 (chapter 5v2 to chapter 6v10) – His First Advent And Love’s Awakening<br />2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is th...
Song 7 (chapter 5v2 to chapter 6v10) – His First Advent And Love’s Awakening<br />2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is th...
Song 7 (chapter 5v2 to chapter 6v10) – His First Advent And Love’s Awakening<br />9 What is thy beloved more than another ...
Song 7 (chapter 5v2 to chapter 6v10) – His First Advent And Love’s Awakening<br />6v1Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou f...
SONG 8 – chapter 6 v 11 - 13<br />
Overview of Song 8<br />Song 8: Awaiting His Coming<br />In numbers<br />A synopsis<br /><ul><li>3 verses total
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  1. 1. The Song of Solomon5 Studies<br />Study 4, Songs 7 - 9<br />6th October 2010<br />
  2. 2. Study 3, Songs 4 - 6<br />Song 4: The Bride’s Search For Her Beloved<br />Seeking, loving, finding – a fourfold repetition of each idea<br />Bridegroom not found in “broad ways”, so Bride “passed from them”<br />Persecution from “the watchmen”, guidance from the spiritual mother<br />Song 5: The Marriage Procession, Their Beauty Revealed<br />Bridegroom comes “out of the wilderness”, following the judgement<br />“pillars of smoke” – God manifest in the earth once again (cp. Exodus)<br />Seven aspects of spiritual perfection seen in the “all fair” Bride<br />Song 6: The Bride Compared To A Lovely Garden<br />The fruitful land of promise surveyed from “Lebanon... from the top”<br />Bride is set apart from the world, she is “inclosed... shut up... sealed”<br />“my sister, my spouse” – a multifaceted relationship<br />Last time’s study on a single slide<br />
  3. 3. Reminder of our 5 studies (God willing)<br />Study 2<br />Study 4<br /><ul><li>Introduction & Background
  4. 4. Songs 1–3
  5. 5. Songs 4–6
  6. 6. Songs 7–9
  7. 7. Songs 10–12 & Conclusion</li></ul>Study 1<br />Study 3<br />Study 5<br />
  8. 8. The 12 Songs – our suggested split<br />Song 1ch. 1v1-8<br />[8 verses]<br />Song 2 ch. 1v9-2v7<br />[16 verses]<br />Song 3ch. 2v8-17<br />[10 verses]<br />Song 4ch. 3v1-5<br />[5 verses]<br />Song 5ch. 3v6-4v7<br />[13 verses]<br />Song 6ch. 4v8-5v1<br />[10 verses]<br />Song 7ch. 5v2-6v10<br />[25 verses]<br />Song 8 ch. 6v11-13<br />[3 verses]<br />Song 7ch. 5v2-6v10<br />[25 verses]<br />Song 8 ch. 6v11-13<br />[3 verses]<br />Song 9ch. 7v1-9<br />[9 verses]<br />Song 10ch. 7v10-8v4<br />[8 verses]<br />Song 11ch. 8v5-7<br />[3 verses]<br />Song 12ch. 8v8-14<br />[7 verses]<br />Song 9ch. 7v1-9<br />[9 verses]<br />= total 117 verses<br />
  9. 9. Our script<br />But again, two brief diversions...<br />
  10. 10. Much maligned/misunderstood<br />Variously described by so-called ‘Christian’ writers and higher critics as ‘erotic’ ‘misogynistic’ ‘obscene’ (etc.)<br />All of these accusations completely miss the point and ignore the hidden depths of the book’s content<br />e.g. the symbolic “breasts” of spiritual maturity (8 references)<br />We must ensure that we look beyond the surface appearances in the book, to gain deep instruction<br />
  11. 11. “The Book of Love”<br />A search for the English word love and all its variant forms uncovers total 67 appearances:<br />‘beloved’ (31), ‘love’ (26), ‘loveth’ (5), ‘beloved’s’ (2), ‘loves’ (1), ‘lovely’ (1), ‘wellbeloved’ (1)<br />Different Hebrew words used (5 in total):<br />39 appearances dowd (masculine noun)<br />Strong: ‘from an unused root meaning properly, to boil, i.e. (figuratively) to love’ <br />BDB: ‘loved one, beloved’<br />11 appearances ahabah (feminine noun)<br />Strong: ‘affection’<br />9 appearances ra’yah (feminine noun)*<br />Strong:‘a female associate’ <br />BDB: ‘attendant maidens, a companion’<br />7 appearances ahab or aheb (masculine verb)<br />Strong: ‘to have affection for’<br />Vine: ‘equivalent to the English "to love" in the sense of having a strong emotional attachment to and desire either to possess or to be in the presence of the object’<br />1 appearance machmad (masculine noun)<br />Strong: ‘delightful... object of affection or desire’<br />from same root<br />* only appears in SoS<br />
  12. 12. SONG 7 – chapter 5 v 2 – 6 v 10<br />
  13. 13. Overview of Song 7<br />Song 7: His First Advent And Love’s Awakening<br />In numbers<br />A synopsis<br /><ul><li>25 verses total
  14. 14. 25 verses dialogue
  15. 15. Bride (16 verses)
  16. 16. Bridegroom (6 verses)
  17. 17. Virgins (2 verses)
  18. 18. Queen (1 verse)</li></ul>5 v. 2-5 His first advent, awakened to Divine Love<br />5 v. 6-8 Persecution – the anguish of love<br />5 v. 9-16 Preaching the Gospel of his beauty<br />6 v. 1 Virgins respond to her teaching<br />6 v. 2-3 She explains his absence and his work<br />6 v. 4-9 He comes and proclaims her beauty<br />6 v. 10 The world wonders at her beauty<br />
  19. 19. Song 7 (chapter 5v2 to chapter 6v10) – His First Advent And Love’s Awakening<br />2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.<br />3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?<br />4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.<br />5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.<br />6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.<br />7 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.<br />8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.<br />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?<br />10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.<br />11 His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.<br />12 His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.<br />13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.<br />14 His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.<br />15 His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.<br />16His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.<br />6v1Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee.<br />2My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.<br />3I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.<br />4Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners.<br />5Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me: thy hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead.<br />6Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the washing, whereof every one beareth twins, and there is not one barren among them.<br />7As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks.<br />8There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number.<br />9My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.<br />10Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?<br />
  20. 20. Song 7 (chapter 5v2 to chapter 6v10) – His First Advent And Love’s Awakening<br />2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.<br />3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?<br />4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.<br />5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.<br />6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.<br />7 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.<br />8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.<br />The physical affects of separation from the Bridegroom are seen in the Bride – “my heart waketh” “my bowels were moved for him”“my soul failed” “I am sick of [RSV ‘with’] love”. This is the way that we should feel!<br />“hands dropped with myrrh” – the token of sacrifice, seemingly left behind by the beloved Bridegroom. The Bridegroom has acted first, reaching forth his hand, afterwards the Bride opens<br />“I opened... but my beloved had withdrawn himself” – the Bride through all generations has sensed the nearness of Christ the Bridegroom’s return (who stands and knocks – Rev. 3 v 20)<br />“The watchmen” – as introduced in ch. 3 v 3– who persecute / oppress the Bride. Wayward Judah / Israel described in Isa. 56 v 8-12 as ‘watchmen are blind... ignorant... loving to slumber’<br />
  21. 21. Song 7 (chapter 5v2 to chapter 6v10) – His First Advent And Love’s Awakening<br />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?<br />10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.<br />11 His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.<br />12 His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.<br />13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.<br />14 His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.<br />15 His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.<br />16His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.<br />“What is thy beloved more than another beloved...?” – how would we answer this?<br />The Bride recognises the beauty of the Bridegroom – 10 aspects: “head” royalty/tried faith  “locks” Nazarite “eyes” innocence/focus“cheeks” manhood/maturity“lips” beauty/grace “hands” righteous judgment“belly” radiance/incorruption “legs” strong “countenance” beautiful/strong  “speech” tasting sweet things(note: description starts at the top and generally works down)<br />“white” – radiant, Son of God (Matt. 17 v 2, 5); “ruddy” – red (Heb. adom), Son of Man<br />“my beloved... my friend” – we are Jesus’ friends if we do as commanded (John 15 v 14)<br />
  22. 22. Song 7 (chapter 5v2 to chapter 6v10) – His First Advent And Love’s Awakening<br />6v1Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee.<br />2My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.<br />3I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.<br />4Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners.<br />5Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me: thy hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead.<br />6Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the washing, whereof every one beareth twins, and there is not one barren among them.<br />7As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks.<br />8There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number.<br />9My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.<br />10Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?<br />Repeated description of Bride in verses 5 to 9 (i.e. many of same details as ch. 4 v 1-5). This is just like the repeated description of the Tabernacle in Exodus<br />“Tirzah” – royal city of northern Kingdom before Samaria (1 Kings 15 v 21); “Jerusalem” – ‘the city of the great King’ (Matthew 5 v 35)<br />“terrible as an army with banners”(x2) – the multitudinous bride gloriously saved (note: Psalm 20 v 5 ‘rejoice... salvation... in the name of our God we will set up our banners’)<br />“but one... the only one... the choice one” – there is no other one like her (Gen. 2 v 20-22)<br />
  23. 23. SONG 8 – chapter 6 v 11 - 13<br />
  24. 24. Overview of Song 8<br />Song 8: Awaiting His Coming<br />In numbers<br />A synopsis<br /><ul><li>3 verses total
  25. 25. 3 verses dialogue
  26. 26. Bride (2½ verses)
  27. 27. Virgins (½ verse)</li></ul>6 v. 11-12 Bringing forth fruit for his coming<br />6 v. 13 The virgins call her to readiness for his coming<br />
  28. 28. Song 8 (chapter 6v11-13) – Awaiting His Coming<br />11I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded.<br />12Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib.<br />13Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon thee. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies.<br />
  29. 29. Song 8 (chapter 6v11-13) – Awaiting His Coming<br />11I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded.<br />12Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib.<br />13Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon thee. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies.<br />“the garden of nuts” – generally agreed to be walnuts (Hebrew ‘oncer’ egowz, word is probably of Persian origin)<br />“to see... to see whether the vine flourished” – a review of the signs of the times, awaiting the coming of the Bridegroom (e.g. Israel’s vine surveyed, cp. Isaiah 5 v 1- 7)<br />“the chariots of Amminadib” – NKJV ‘As the chariots of my noble people’, ESV ‘among the chariots of my kinsman, a prince’, RSV ‘in a chariot beside my prince’ (royal connection)<br />“Return, return” – the virgins call out to the searching Bride, desiring to look upon her (calling her “O Shulamite”– the feminine form of name Solomon – only found here)<br />“the company of two armies” – NKJV, RSV, ESV, NET each have ‘dance’ instead of company. “Two armies” = Heb. mahanaim, pointing forwards to the united Jew and Gentile host<br />
  30. 30. SONG 9 – chapter 7 v 1 - 9<br />
  31. 31. Overview of Song 9<br />Song 9: The Radiant Beauty Of The Bride<br />In numbers<br />A synopsis<br /><ul><li>9 verses total
  32. 32. 9 verses dialogue
  33. 33. Virgins (5 verses)
  34. 34. Bridegroom (4 verses)</li></ul>7 v. 1-5 The virgins praise her for her perfect beauty<br />7 v. 6-9 The bridegroom praises her delightful presence<br />
  35. 35. Song 9 (chapter 7v1-9) – The Radiant Beauty Of The Bride<br />7v1How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince's daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman.<br />2Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.<br />3Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins.<br />4Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.<br />5Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries.<br />6How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!<br />7This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.<br />8I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples;<br />9And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.<br />
  36. 36. Song 9 (chapter 7v1-9) – The Radiant Beauty Of The Bride<br />7v1How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince's daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman.<br />2Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.<br />3Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins.<br />4Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.<br />5Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries.<br />The virgins also recognise the beauty of the Bride – 10 aspects: “feet”  “thighs”  “navel” “belly” “breasts” “neck” “eyes”  “nose”  “head”  “hair” (note: description starts at the base and works up) <br />“feet with shoes” – shod with the preparedness that comes from the gospel of peace (Eph. 6 v 15)<br />“navel... round... belly... an heap” – the signs of feminine beauty and fruitfulness (link with a harvest)<br />“eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon... Bath-rabbim” – “Heshbon” = Easton: ‘intelligence’; Hitchcock: ‘invention, industry’ (note: springs, reservoirs, cisterns) “Bath-rabbim” = BDB: ‘daughter of multitudes’<br />“the king is held in the galleries” – final word thought to mean Strong: ‘a ringlet of hair’, hence NKJV, RSV, ESV, NET all have ‘tresses’ (rather than “galleries”)<br />
  37. 37. Song 9 (chapter 7v1-9) – The Radiant Beauty Of The Bride<br />6How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!<br />7This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.<br />8I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples;<br />9And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.<br />“the palm tree” – Heb. tamar, the date palm, from a root meaning to be erect/upright. As well as straightness is known for long period of fruitfulness (can bear fruit for in excess of 100 years, mature tree can bear upwards of 8/9 tonnes of dates during lifetime) <br />“I will go up” – or rather as the RV has it ‘I will climb up’, the way to get to the fruit<br />“thy breasts... clusters” (x2) – the fruitfulness associated with spiritual maturity<br />“the smell of thy nose like apples” – RSV ‘the scent of your breath like apples’; “apples” may be NET ‘apricots’ or YLT ‘citrons’<br />“the best wine” – that is, the wine of the new covenant (cp. John 2 v 10 & Mark 2 v22)<br />“causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak” – awakening those in spiritual slumber<br />
  38. 38. Some brief conclusions<br />A much maligned/misunderstood book, we must look beyond surface appearances<br />We can learn from the richness of the different Hebrew words translated love (including its variant forms)<br />In a very similar way to an exposition of Revelation we must compare scripture with scripture to uncover the meaning of passages (and symbols)<br />Both the Bride and the Bridegroom are described in intricate detail, from which we can gain deep instruction<br />There is intense emotion portrayed in the book, from the pain of separation to the joy of union (do we feel this?)<br />
  39. 39. Study 5 – 1st December (God willing)<br />Study 2<br />Study 4<br /><ul><li>Introduction & Background
  40. 40. Songs 1–3
  41. 41. Songs 4–6
  42. 42. Songs 7–9
  43. 43. Songs 10–12 & Conclusion</li></ul>Study 1<br />Study 3<br />Study 5<br />

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