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Wednesday, July 17th, 2024
the Week of Proper 10 / Ordinary 15
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Bible Commentaries
Song of Solomon 3

Gaebelein's Annotated BibleGaebelein's Annotated

Verses 1-11


The scene changes. The bride is now alone and in the darkness of the night. She is seeking her Beloved and is unable to find Him. Her heart is filled with the same love she exhibits in the previous chapter, but the joy and comfort she lacks. We see her walking through the streets and in the broadways, looking for Him whom her soul loveth; she sought Him but found Him not; Then the watchmen of the night which pass through the street came across the seeking one and she eagerly inquires, “Have ye seen Him whom my soul loveth?” They have no answer for her, probably they knew not what she meant. No sooner had she passed them by, when she found Him. All this is prophetic, as it reveals the soul exercise of that godly remnant of Israel during the night of tribulation. There is no need of giving a meaning to every detail.

As already stated, His coming described in Song of Solomon 3:6-11 is His coming as King Messiah. In the last verse we have the key. “Go forth, daughters of Zion, and behold King Solomon, with the crown wherewith His mother crowned Him, in the day of His espousals, and in the day of the gladness of His heart,” His mother is Israel. Israel gave birth to Him according to the flesh, as it is also seen in the great vision of the Apocalypse Revelation 12:1-17 . In that day when He comes up from the wilderness, like pillars of smoke, in the Shekinah cloud, when He comes the mighty victor, yet the true Solomon, the Prince of Peace, who speaks peace to the nations, His mother Israel will crown Him Lord of all.

Bibliographical Information
Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 3". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gab/song-of-solomon-3.html. 1913-1922.
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