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Song of Solomon Eight

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Song of Solomon 8:1 O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised.

Song of Solomon 8:2 I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother's house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate.

Song of Solomon 8:3 His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.

Song of Solomon 8:4 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.

Song of Solomon 8:5 Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee.

Song of Solomon 8:6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

as a seal. As the Shulamite continues her expressions of love, she concludes with a testimony of her undying love for the king. She herself would be an indelible seal upon both his heart and his arm. The fires of her love would be as unending as death itself.

Song of Solomon 8:7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

cannot quench love. Not even the waters of a mighty flood could quench the fires of her love; it could never be extinguished. Neither could all the riches of a wealthy man purchase it. Such should be the love we have for Christ.

Song of Solomon 8:8 We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?

a little sister. Song of Solomon 8:8-9 seems to be a remembrance by the Shulamite of the determination of her older brothers (mentioned in Song of Solomon 1:6 as “my mother's children” who “were angry with me”) to guide and protect her as she grew through puberty. If she should become like a “door,” open to any who sought to enter, they would restrict her. If she would be like a “wall,” they would encourage and help her (Song of Solomon 8:9). She proved, indeed, to be a “wall,” her breasts became “towers” (Song of Solomon 8:10); and she became King Solomon's bride!

Song of Solomon 8:9 If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar.

Song of Solomon 8:10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.

Song of Solomon 8:11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.

keepers. In these two verses, the bride explains how she came to meet the shepherd king in the first place. Solomon had leased some of his vineyards to her brothers and herself, and they worked them for twenty percent of the profits. She had not kept her own vineyard, however (Song of Solomon 1:6), going to marry Solomon instead.

Song of Solomon 8:12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

My vineyard. Since she had not been able to care for her vineyard, she asked Solomon to turn it over to her brothers, in return for their caring for her when she was younger.

Song of Solomon 8:13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.

Song of Solomon 8:14 Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.

Make haste. Her explanations and arrangements attended to, she turns again to her beloved, inviting him to come quickly back to her presence, and Solomon's Song ends on this note of love. Appropriately, the entire Book of God ends on the same note. “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. ... Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:17, 20).