Summary: A study of chapter 2 verses 1 through 17
Song of Songs 2: 1 – 17
I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. 2 Like a lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. 3 Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. 4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. 5 Sustain me with cakes of raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am lovesick. 6 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me. 7 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the does of the field, do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases. 8 The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. 9 My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall; he is looking through the windows, gazing through the lattice. 10 My beloved spoke, and said to me: “ Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. 11 For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. 12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. 13 The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away! 14 “ O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.” 15 Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes. 16 My beloved is mine, and I am his. He feeds his flock among the lilies. 17 Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag upon the mountains of Bether.
How did you like chapter 1? Did it have any benefit on your personally? Has it affected your view towards your marriage? If so, great! Let’s continue to look at how you can determine if you are in love. As we begin to look at chapter 2 it will be good to just look at the last couple of verses from chapter 1. Now remember the couple is out in the field overlooking the beauty of God’s creation. When you are in love everything looks great.
My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blooms in the vineyards of En Gedi.
The area of En Gedi is an oasis. She is telling him that he is refreshing to her. Are you refreshing to you lady, guys?
Solomon is moved by her and declares how beautiful she is by repeating the statement twice.
15 Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove’s eyes.
Now he is not saying that she has birds’ eyes. What he is beautifully describing an attribute of her character. This triat in a person was important to the lady in the beginning of this chapter and Solomon is wise enough to know that he thought well of her character also. You see guys if one of your characteristics is important to your beautiful lady than write this down. Your evaluation regarding the same category of her characteristics is important to her.
Doves’ eyes do not move around in the bird’s socket it only looks straight at where it faces. Solomon saw that she had only eyes for him and that meant a lot to him. How does this mean to you guys?
16 Behold, you are handsome, my beloved! Yes, pleasant! Also our bed is green. 17 The beams of our houses are cedar, and our rafters of fir.
Now sitting on a nice green hillside looking around her surroundings Abishag again complements his love and points out to him the beauty of the landscape. The trees of the woods together with every sensory item just add to the beauty of being in love. Let’s get that back in our lives, shall we? This is not just a one-time experience for us to be allowed to enjoy.
I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.
The woman calls herself this term. We have come to love the beauty of this verse. Many have printed this verse and use it on valentine cards and for all other kind of uses. However, this verse is not so lovely as interpreted. The Rose of Sharon or lily of the valley is a wildflower. What we see here in the maiden is a picture of humility. There is no overwhelming color associated with this flower. It just blends in with the rest of the valley with no special attention being drawn to it. What the woman is saying is that she feels that she is no one special and that she came from no where special. Solomon, on the other hand had all the splendor that money could buy plus he came from royalty. Can you picture yourself in this same type of circumstance that the young woman was in?. How would you feel in the same predicament?