- Is there any underlying reality in the disturbing dream of 5:2-7? Would we be right to see in this passage teaching about, e.g., the importance of response in love, or the likelihood of suffering if response is lacking?
- How far is the bride’s delight in, and praise of, her lover a feature also of our relationship to Christ? Do we meditate on him as our ‘lover’ and ‘friend’ (5:16)?
- 5:2. ‘I slept’: these words indicate that the bride is relating a dream.
- 5:4. The door was bolted on the inside (see verse 5).
- 5:10. ‘Outstanding among ten thousand’: literally, ‘marked out by a banner’, i.e., as outstanding among the rest as a standard bearer.