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The Song of Songs, or Song of Solomon, is traditionally attributed to King Solomon, but may have actually been written between 500 to 300 B.C.E

The title is newer than the text. Jewish tradition interprets the explicit love poetry as an expression of God's love for the Jewish people. In modern times it is understood by many to be simply a love poem. Consistent with replacement theology or supersessionism (see  Christian Zionism)  Christians traditionally interpret the Song of Songs as an expression of Christ's love for the Church. Many of the verses have become popular songs in modern Israel. In medieval times, many parts of the Song of Songs were amalgamated into the cult of Mary and were used in the "Hours." The woodcut at right shows an illustration used in such horae. See Song of Songs: Cult of Mary Song of Songs: Mariolatry

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Song of Songs Chapter 4

SONG OF SONGS 4:1 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.

SONG OF SONGS 4:2 Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them.

SONG OF SONGS 4:3 Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.

SONG OF SONGS 4:4 Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.

SONG OF SONGS 4:5 Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies.

SONG OF SONGS 4:6 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.

SONG OF SONGS 4:7 Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.

SONG OF SONGS 4:8 Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards.

SONG OF SONGS 4:9 Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.

SONG OF SONGS 4:10 How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!

SONG OF SONGS 4:11 Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.

SONG OF SONGS 4:12 A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

SONG OF SONGS 4:13 Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard,

SONG OF SONGS 4:14 Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:

SONG OF SONGS 4:15 A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.

SONG OF SONGS 4:16 Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south;* blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.


* Hebrew "Uri Tsaphon uvo'i Teyman" - Teyman, Yemen, was the name of the south wind. Part of a popular song.

The interpretations below are taken from the 1599 edition of the Geneva Bible (see History of the King James Version) which preceded the King James Version. They reflect Christian theology, and also show us the differences between the King James Version and the Geneva Bible.


4:1 Behold, thou [art] {a} fair, my love; behold, thou [art] fair; thou [hast] doves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair [is] as a {b} flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.
(a) Because Christ delights in his Church, he commends all that is in her.
(b) He has respect for the multitude of the faithful, which are many in number.

4:5 Thy two {c} breasts [are] like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies.
(c) In which are knowledge and zeal two precious jewels.

4:8 {d} Come with me from Lebanon, [my] spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards.
(d) Christ promises his Church to call his faithful from all the corners of the world.

4:9 Thou hast ravished my heart, my {e} sister, [my] spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thy {f} eyes, with one chain of thy neck.
(e) Christ calls his Church sister in respect that he had taken the flesh of man.
(f) In that he made his Church beautiful and rich, he loved his gifts in her.

4:11 Thy {g} lips, O [my] spouse, drop [as] the honeycomb: honey and milk [are] under thy tongue; and the scent of thy garments [is] like the fragrance of Lebanon.
(g) Because of your confession and thanksgiving.

4:15 {h} A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.
(h) The Church confesses that all her glory and beauty comes from Christ who is the true fountain of all grace.

4:16 Awake, O {i} north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, [that] its spices may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.
(i) She desires Christ to comfort her and to pour the graces of his Spirit on her, which is meant by the North and South wind.

 

 


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