Song of Solomon – Chapter 2

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Verse 1 – I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.

Maybe because these two flowers were common in Israel, the girl was saying, “I’m not special.”

Verse 2 – Like a lily among thorns, so is my love among daughters.

Verse 3 – Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in the shade with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

Verse 4 – (Now the Shulamite is talking to the daughters of Jerusalem.) He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.

Verse 5 – Sustain me with cakes of raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am lovesick.

Solomon took her to a room of wine, not in barrels or a dark cellar, but the wine was in large pitchers in an upper apartment.

Verse 6 – His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me.

Verse 7 – I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the does of the field, do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases.

She is basically saying that the feeling of love can overpower reasoning. Feelings alone are not enough to support a lasting relationship.

Verse 8 – The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.

Verse 9 – My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall; he is looking through the windows, gazing through the lattice.

Verse 10 – My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up , my love, my fair one, and come away.

Verse 11 – For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.

Verse 12 – The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in the land.”

Verse 13 – The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away!

Verse 14 – “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff, let me see your countenance, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your countenance is lovely.”

Verse 15 – Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.

These “little foxes” could be any problem that disturb or that destroy’s a relationship. Perhaps her brothers who had sent her out to the vineyards to work were causing problems between her and the king.

Verse 16 – My beloved is mine, and I am his. He feeds his flock among the lilies.

Verse 17 – Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag upon the mountains of Bether.

And with this chapter, their second night together seems to end.

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