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Ironside's Notes on Selected Books
Song of Solomon 6

 

 

Verses 1-13

I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine (6:3).

As we look at these two chapters we are reminded that they are part of a larger section describing the interruption in the relationship between the bride and bridegroom, followed by the exultant reuniting of chapter 8.

As chapter 5 closes, the bride, in search of her lover, is describing him in glorious terms. And when she thus praises him her friends turn again and say, "Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee" (6:1). In other words, "Where has he gone? How is it that you have let him slip out of your sight if he is so much to you?" Is that not a proper question? If Christ is so precious to you, if He means so much to you, why is it that you so easily allow fellowship to be broken? Why do you so readily permit other things to come in and hinder communion?

And then instantly as she bears testimony to him, she recalls the last words he said to her before that eventful night, "I am come into my garden" (5:1). Her own heart was the garden-she knows where he is. She says, "My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies" (6:2). And instantly he speaks; he is right there. He had been waiting and watching for her to come to the place where he was everything to her soul. At once he exclaims, "Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners" (4). And then through all the rest of the chapter he praises her. He expresses his appreciation of her as she had expressed hers of him.

 


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Ironside, H. A. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 6:4". Ironside's Notes on Selected Books. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/isn/song-of-solomon-6.html. 1914.

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Sunday, November 17th, 2019
the Week of Proper 28 / Ordinary 33
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