Poetry in the Bible
Song 5:2-7 The Shulamite has nocturnal hallucinations in which she sees her beloved leave (but my beloved had gone). The reason for his departure is the late response of his beloved, who couldn't go out because she was unclothed. She had undressed, which symbolized her independence. Then she goes after him and is surprised by the guards, who mistake her for a prostitute and tore off her mantle. This symbolizes that she had been stripped of her authority. Her beloved is her only hope. But where has he gone, and when will he return? Her independent conduct and the violent reaction of which she has been a victim are the cause of her disgrace.
Song 5:9-6:3 Solomon's glory represents the royal perfection of love. He was like his father David, ruddy, loved like him and marked (or standing) out among 10,000 (I Sam. 16:12; 18:7). He is unequaled in strength, reliability, resistance and valor; but he isn't a hard, cold, metallic man. For the Shulamite, her beloved is an incomparable man (5:19).
Song 6:4-10 This happy scene exalts the Shulamite's wonderful royal power and testifies to her magnificent appearance. The two capitals, Tirzah (the first capital of the Northern kingdom) and Jerusalem, manifest her loving majesty. The queens, concubines and maidens praise the Shulamite because she represents them.
Song 6:4-9 See section 3 of "TRUTH IN ACTION" at the end of Song of Songs.
Song 6:13-7:9 This section deals with Solomon's attempts to recapture the Shulamite's wandering love. His ardent plea, Return, return, has as a background GOD's wandering people, something it refers to when Mahanaim, the two camps is mentioned. Mahanaim is the name that remembers a great event in the history of the covenant (Gen. 32), which marked the return of the Hebrews, represented by Jacob's family, to their land (6:13; see Gen. 32:9; Hosea 14:1). Here Jacob receives his new name, "Israel", "Prince of GOD", the name GOD attached to Jacob. Mahanaim magnifies grace and truth by comparing Jacob's insignificance at his departure from the land, with only a staff in his hands, with his successful return later (Gen. 32:9,10; Amos 7:2,5).
Song 7:4 Heshbon: Ancient capital of Sihon, some thirty km (18 mi) east of the Dead Sea. It's situated in Transjordan about 80 km (50 mi) east of Jerusalem and approximately 23 km (14 mi) southwest of modern Amman, Jordan. It was captured by the Israelites, then rebuilt and populated by the tribes of Reuben and Gad. It was later captured by Mesha, king of Moab, and denounced by the prophets. See Isaiah 15:4; 16:8-9). Bath-rabbim is unknown today. The tower of Lebanon was a famous and very beautiful construction that stood out in an unspecified city near the eastern slopes of Hermon. Nose: could be a reference to her face here.
Song 7:7 Palm tree: Sign of the existence of sources of water wells (Exod. 15:27).
Song 7:10-13 See section 3 of "TRUTH IN ACTION" at the end of Song of Songs.
Song 8:4 See section 3 of "TRUTH IN ACTION" at the end of Song of Songs.
Song 8:5 The pain comes, moving upward on an equal plane. The love has worked.
Song 8:6,7 See section 2 of "TRUTH IN ACTION" at the end of Song of Songs.
Song 8:6,7 A seal represents a person and his authoritative power, something like a signature. As Solomon's seal, the Shulamite is identified with his love and represents it.
Song 8:8,9 See section 1 of "TRUTH IN ACTION" at the end of Song of Songs.
Song 8:10-12 Song 8:8,9 See section 1 of "TRUTH IN ACTION" at the end of Song of Songs.
Song 8:11,12 Solomon's vineyard is priceless, as the thousand coins prove (Is. 7:23). Now the Shulamite's vineyard is before her; she's its only owner along with Solomon. As legitimate owner, she will return to the vineyard to her Solomonic fountain (or source, roots) and will give him her portion. She possesses all and hands it all over. She has demonstrated to her brothers that she is capable of confronting her challenges and temptations.
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