Song of Solomon 3:6-5:1

  1. What do you make of Solomon’s entrance here, and of his part in the whole of the Song? See also, e.g., 1:1, 12; 6:8, 9, 12; 7:1, 5; 8:11, 12.
  2. What do these frank expressions of a man’s physical delight in his bride teach us about the place of sexual attraction in love and marriage? What is the significance of the image of a private garden?
  3. Scripture uses marriage as a picture of God’s relationship to his people and Christ’s relationship to his church. See, e.g., Is. 62:4, 5; Eph. 5:21-33. Is there, therefore, a sense in which 4:8-15 illustrates this relationship? Cf. Pss. 147:10, 11; 149:4. Is our heart reserved for Christ alone?

Notes

  1. 3:7. ‘Carriage’: a couch covered by a canopy borne by four or more men.
  2. 4:4. The neck, decked with ornaments, is compared to a battlemented tower, hung with shields.
  3. 4:8. According to the three- character analysis, the bride hears the voice of her lover calling her to himself, and this verse may be taken as a poetic description of the dangers to which she is exposed in the palace.

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