Posts Tagged ‘Song of Songs 5:10-16’

Happy Valentine’s Day! As I was thinking about sharing on my FaceBook and YouTube High 5 today, Song of Solomon 5:10-16 came to my mind. This is the maiden sharing with the daughters of Jerusalem (immature believers) about her beloved. I want to break down those verses for you because they are so full of Jewish idioms and poetic phrases. As you meditate on these traits, representing our Bridegroom Jesus Christ, I pray that your love and appreciation for Him will be magnified this Valentine’s Day of 2020.

Vs 10, (The Shulamite) My beloved is white and ruddy, chief among ten thousand.

  • White in Hebrew is tsach, dazzling, glowing, bright (represents purity, separated from any sin)
  • Ruddy in Hebrew is adom, red, ruddy, full of life and power (from adam, Lexicon reads ‘whiteness and ruddiness belongs to the description of youthful beauty’)
  • Chief in Hebrew is dagal, banner, standard; to look, behold (Jesus is not only our banner, but our banner carrier)
  • Ten Thousandrebabah, often used for a very large number, millions, multiple

Vs 11, His head is like the finest gold; his locks are wavy, and black as a raven.

  • Head speaks of his leadership
    • Like finest gold – life of God, superior to all others
    • Locks – hair, dedication to God (Nazarite) and committed to the Church
    • Wavy in Hebrew is taltal, bushy, flowing (used this 1 time in the Bible)
    • Black as a raven – describing the color
      • Grey would be diminished of power, strength
      • Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever – eternal power!

Vs 12, His eyes are like doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.

  • Eyes speak of discernment, understanding, wisdom, knowledge
    • Here they also express emotions – tears of tenderness
    • Doves – singleness of vision

Vs 13, His cheeks are like a bed of spices, banks of scented herbs. His lips are lilies, dripping liquid myrrh.

  • Cheeks speak of emotions, passions, pleasures
    • Spices describe the diversity of His affections for us
  • Lips – speech, words
    • Lilies – pure
    • Dripping with myrrh – selfless
  • Watchman Nee comments, The droppings of myrrh do not mean just grace; they are related to His death. This denotes the grace that issues forth from His death. His lips drop myrrh; every word of grace that comes out of His mouth is based on His death. Whether it is, “Your sins are forgiven…Go in peace” (7:48-50), “He who believes has eternal life” (John 6:47), or “Rise and take up your mat and walk” (Mark 2:9), all these words are based on His death

Vs 14, His hands are rods of gold set with beryl. His body is carved ivory inlaid with sapphires.

  • Hands speak of activity
    • Rods of gold – divine character (following the perfect will of God)
    • KJV says gold ‘rings’galiyl, turning, folding rod, circuit (will not slip off)
    • Beryltarshiysh, amber colored stone
      • Bullinger comments, Adorned with the gems of Tarshish (alluding to the nails, of which great care was taken
      • Watchman Nee- Therefore, the rings are gold. “Beryl” is mentioned a few times in the Old Testament, including Ezekiel 1:16 and Daniel 10:6. In both places, the meaning is stability…. Hence, both the gold rings and the beryl speak of the stability of the Lord’s work
  • Body/Bowels – compassion (moved with compassion)
    • KJV – “his belly [is as] bright ivory overlaid [with] sapphires”
    • Carved Ivory – rare and expensive; an animal must die to get the ivory
    • Sapphires – “the body of heaven in his clearness” (Exo 24:10)
      • His feelings come directly from heaven

Vs 15,  His legs are pillars of marble set on bases of fine gold. His countenance is like Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.

  • Legs – His walk, forward motion; administration of His purposes; upright posture
    • Pillars – strength, support
    • Marble – strong and permanent
    • Gold – divinity
      • She mentions gold 3 times: thoughts of His mind, works of His hands, stability of His feet – all controlled by God
  • Countenancemar’eh, what is seen; sight, importation of glory
    • Lebanon – stately and honorable
    • Cedars – very tall tree; high and lifted up

Vs 16, His mouth is most sweet, Yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved,
and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!

  • Mouthchek, taste, gums, palate (2:3; 7:9)
    • A taste tester would taste everything before giving it to the king; here our King has tasted everything before giving it to us.
  • After 10 descriptions of her Beloved, she sums it into “altogether lovely”