Song of Solomon – Chapter 3


The Bride’s Dream of Separation

Verse 1 – By night on my bed I sought the one I love; I sought him, but I did not find him.

Verse 2 – “I will rise now, ” I said, “And go about the city; in the streets and in the squares I will seek the one I love.” I sought him, but I did not find him.

Verse 3 – The watchmen who go about the city found me, to whom I said, “Have you seen the one I love?”

Verse 4 – Scarcely had I passed by them, when I found the one I love I held him and would not let him go, until I had brought him to the house of my mother, and into my chamber of her who conceived me.

“Into my mother’s house”, is referring to: Women in the east have all separate apartments, into which no person attempts to enter except the husband. Isaac brought Rebecca into his mother’s tent, when he made her his wife.

Many scholars agree that these verse was recalling a dream that caused her to be concerned of the whereabouts of her husband.

Verse 5 – 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.

Verse 6 – Who is this coming out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all the merchant’s fragrant powders?

Verse 7 – Behold, it is Solomon’s couch with sixty valiant men around it, of the valiant of Israel.

Theses were the guards about the pavilion of the bridegroom as they wait for the bride to appear.

Verse 8 – They all hold swords, being expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh because of fear in the night.

Verse 9 – Of the wood of Lebanon Solomon the king made himself a palanquins (a portable chair):

Verse 10 – He made its pillars of silver, its support of gold, its seat of purple, its interior paved with love by the daughters of Jerusalem.

Verse 11 – Go forth, O daughters of Zion, and see King Solomon with the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his espousal’s, the day of the gladness of his heart.

These verses described the wedding procession. The bride is accompanied by the daughter’s of Jerusalem. “In the day of his gladness” is when all Solomon’s wishes were crowned, including being married to the one whom he loved above all the rest.

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