Song of Solomon Three

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Song of Solomon 3:1 By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

on my bed. The experience described in Song of Solomon 3:1-5 is evidently a dream, perhaps brought on by her concern over the “little foxes” which might eventually separate them (“Bether” in Song of Solomon 2:17 means “separation”).

Song of Solomon 3:2 I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

Song of Solomon 3:3 The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?

Song of Solomon 3:4 It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.

Song of Solomon 3:5 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.

Song of Solomon 3:6 Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?

myrrh and frankincense. The mention of the groom's beautiful wedding garments, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, naturally reminds one both of the gifts of the Magi to the infant Jesus (Matthew 2:11) and of the prophesied coming of the heavenly Bridegroom, not out of the wilderness, but “out of the ivory palaces” (Psalm 45:8), and even of His surprising coming at midnight in Christ's parable (Matthew 25:5-10).

Song of Solomon 3:7 Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel.

Song of Solomon 3:8 They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night.

Song of Solomon 3:9 King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon.

Song of Solomon 3:10 He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem.

Song of Solomon 3:11 Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.

his mother. Solomon's mother was Bathsheba, and the crown she prepared was a wedding crown. The procession described in Song of Solomon 3:6-11 is apparently a formal wedding ceremony for official state recognition of the marriage consummated some time before.