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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024
the Week of Proper 11 / Ordinary 16
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Bible Commentaries
Song of Solomon 4

Gaebelein's Annotated BibleGaebelein's Annotated

Verses 1-16


The King, the Bridegroom speaks of her, who is “perfect through His comeliness put upon thee” Ezekiel 16:14 . He tells out all she is in His sight and loving estimation. He has called her from the lions’ den, from the mountains of the leopards (Song of Solomon 4:8 ); she has passed through the fires of persecution and tribulation and now His heart expresses His delight in her. There are eight descriptions of her beauty. He tells her, “Behold thou art fair, my love, behold thou art fair.” And after the description of the beauty He beholds in her, whom He has brought out of the wilderness and out of the lions’ den, He says, “Thou art all fair, MY love; and there is no spot in thee.” He assures her of His delight in her. It is all His own workmanship; she has not made herself fair without a spot. His grace and power have accomplished it for her. And what is true of the bride-remnant of Israel is also true of the Church. In Him we have our completeness and perfection; His own comeliness and glory is bestowed upon us. The happy day is coming for Him and for us when He will present the church to Himself, “a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish” Ephesians 5:27 .

In Song of Solomon 4:12-15 we have a beautiful description of the garden, the land of Israel in which His beloved is now planted once more. Here are found the precious fruits, as well as the spikenard and all the trees of frankincense. There is the fountain, the well of living waters; this as well as the north wind and the south wind, typifies the Holy Spirit. And she invites Him to come to His garden. “Let my Beloved come into His garden and eat its precious fruit.”

Bibliographical Information
Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 4". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gab/song-of-solomon-4.html. 1913-1922.
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