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the Week of Proper 7 / Ordinary 12
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Bible Commentaries
Song of Solomon 4

Bell's Commentary on the BibleBell's Commentary

Verses 1-16

  1. THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDE! (4:1-15)
    1. The wedding night! – He expresses “you are fair my love!”
      1. Here we read as “awkward onlookers!”
    2. Experience His Love! – How?
      1. [1] Listen to what He sees in you [2] Listen to what He feels about you [3] Listen to what He will make of you.
    3. Listen to what He sees in you! (1-8)
      1. Don’t listen to what others say about you…they may misguide you.
      2. Don’t listen to yourself…it may discourage you.
      3. Do listen to what Jesus say’s about you…then you will find encouragement!
    4. Listen to what He feels about you! (9-11)
      1. God has feelings. His Love is not mechanical.
      2. What do we learn from this? Communicate Love & express admiration for each other!
        1. Adoration & Actions Magnify Matrimony!
    5. Listen to what He will make of you! (12-15)
      1. (12) He delights in her virginity.
        1. See also 1 Kings 1:4.
        2. The words: enclosed(Locked or barred); shut up; sealed! – This is how the bible talks about virginity!
        3. Look at verse 15 – only for your husband is it time to “awaken love”.
        4. 2nd virginity! – Singles, don’t think “well I’ve already blown it…I didn’t wait!” So, I guess it doesn’t matter now. It does, commit to purity now.
        5. See the “same terminology” Solomon used in Prov.5:15-23. 3.5.1.5.1.Farm in your own garden! – Israel fields along the road, long narrow section they were aloud to develop but clear boundaries!
        6. “Sex w/o marriage is cheap”! (LAB)
      2. You are His unique garden & He is the loving Gardner!
        1. He will cultivate your life & make it fruitful as you commune w/Him. (Warren Weirsbe)
        2. Rom. 7:4 “my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another; to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.”
  2. THE RESPONSE! (4:16-5:1)
    1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​(4:16) She expresses her desire to be completely his now.
      1. 3 candles symbolism at wedding 2 becoming one. (story of one young man watching & explains what the symbolism means …” no more old flames”)

Verses 1-16

  1. THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDE! (4:1-15)
    1. The wedding night! – He expresses “you are fair my love!”
      1. Here we read as “awkward onlookers!”
    2. Experience His Love! – How?
      1. [1] Listen to what He sees in you [2] Listen to what He feels about you [3] Listen to what He will make of you.
    3. Listen to what He sees in you! (1-8)
      1. Don’t listen to what others say about you…they may misguide you.
      2. Don’t listen to yourself…it may discourage you.
      3. Do listen to what Jesus say’s about you…then you will find encouragement!
    4. Listen to what He feels about you! (9-11)
      1. God has feelings. His Love is not mechanical.
      2. What do we learn from this? Communicate Love & express admiration for each other!
        1. Adoration & Actions Magnify Matrimony!
    5. Listen to what He will make of you! (12-15)
      1. (12) He delights in her virginity.
        1. See also 1 Kings 1:4.
        2. The words: enclosed(Locked or barred); shut up; sealed! – This is how the bible talks about virginity!
        3. Look at verse 15 – only for your husband is it time to “awaken love”.
        4. 2nd virginity! – Singles, don’t think “well I’ve already blown it…I didn’t wait!” So, I guess it doesn’t matter now. It does, commit to purity now.
        5. See the “same terminology” Solomon used in Prov.5:15-23. 3.5.1.5.1.Farm in your own garden! – Israel fields along the road, long narrow section they were aloud to develop but clear boundaries!
        6. “Sex w/o marriage is cheap”! (LAB)
      2. You are His unique garden & He is the loving Gardner!
        1. He will cultivate your life & make it fruitful as you commune w/Him. (Warren Weirsbe)
        2. Rom. 7:4 “my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another; to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.”
  2. THE RESPONSE! (4:16-5:1)
    1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​(4:16) She expresses her desire to be completely his now.
      1. 3 candles symbolism at wedding 2 becoming one. (story of one young man watching & explains what the symbolism means …” no more old flames”)
Bibliographical Information
Bell, Brian. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 4". "Bell's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/cbb/song-of-solomon-4.html. 2017.
 
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