Song of Songs: Mariolatry

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Song of Songs

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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

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Song of Songs Chapter 7

SONG OF SONGS 7:1 How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince's daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman.

SONG OF SONGS 7:2 Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.

SONG OF SONGS 7:3 Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins.

SONG OF SONGS 7:4 Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.

SONG OF SONGS 7:5 Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries.

SONG OF SONGS 7:6 How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!

SONG OF SONGS 7:7 This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.

SONG OF SONGS 7:8 I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples;

SONG OF SONGS 7:9 And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.

SONG OF SONGS 7:10 I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me.

SONG OF SONGS 7:11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages.

SONG OF SONGS 7:12 Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves.

SONG OF SONGS 7:13 The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.


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.

7:1 How beautiful are thy {a} feet with shoes, O prince's daughter! the joints of thy thighs [are] like jewels, the work of the hands of a skilful workman.
(a) He describes the comely beauty of the Church in every part, which is to be understood spiritually.

7:3 {b} Thy two breasts [are] like two young roes [that are] twins.
(b) Read Geneva Song 4:5
7:5 Thy head upon thee [is] like Carmel, and the hair of thy head like purple; the king [is] {c} held captive by [its] locks of hair.
(c) He delights to come near you, and to be in your company.

7:10 {d} I [am] my beloved's, and his desire [is] toward me.
(d) This the spouse speaks.

7:12 Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the {e} vine flourisheth, [whether] the tender grape appeareth, [and] the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my
loves.
(e) If the people that are called to Christ bring forth any fruit.

 


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