Song of Solomon Four

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Song of Solomon 4:1 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.

fair. The bridegroom is speaking from Song of Solomon 4:1-5:1, praising the beauties and perfections of his young bride. In picturesque similes, appropriate to the culture, he describes seven aspects of her beauty—her eyes, hair, teeth, lips, temples, neck and breasts—all speaking of perfection in his eyes. “There is no spot in thee,” he says (Song of Solomon 4:7). Just so, in Christ, we are made complete (Colossians 2:10).

Song of Solomon 4:2 Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them.

Song of Solomon 4:3 Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.

Song of Solomon 4:4 Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.

Song of Solomon 4:5 Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies.

Song of Solomon 4:6 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.

Until the day break. Note the same expressed intention by the Bride in Song of Solomon 2:17, here by the Bridegroom. In type this may suggest the spiritual union of Christ and His Church through the night of the present age in anticipation of the coming eternal day in His presence.

Song of Solomon 4:7 Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.

Song of Solomon 4:8 Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards.

Song of Solomon 4:9 Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.

Song of Solomon 4:10 How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!

my sister. Four times, he calls her “my sister, my spouse” (Song of Solomon 4:9; 4:12; 5:1), denoting holy fellowship as well as marital life. Similarly, Christ “is not ashamed to call [them] brethren” (Hebrews 2:11).

Song of Solomon 4:11 Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.

Song of Solomon 4:12 A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

garden enclosed. The bride was a virgin, whose “garden of spices” was opened first and only to her beloved spouse.

Song of Solomon 4:13 Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard,

Song of Solomon 4:14 Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:

Song of Solomon 4:15 A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.

living waters. This is the first of eight references in the Bible to “living waters,” four in the Old Testament, four in the New (Jeremiah 2:13; 17:13; Zechariah 14:8; John 4:10, 11; 7:38; Revelation 7:17).

Song of Solomon 4:16 Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.