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Summary: This is the final sermon in a series of messages from this book of the Bible that is seldom used in our churches. It gives us better understanding of the messages God wanted us to see.

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The Song of Solomon 18

Song of Solomon 8:8-9

8 THE SHULAMITE’S BROTHERS

We have a little sister,

And she has no breasts.

What shall we do for our sister

In the day when she is spoken for?

9If she is a wall,

We will build upon her

A battlement of silver;

And if she is a door,

We will enclose her

With boards of cedar.

Nearing the end of our journey through the Song of Songs,

we now find the Shulamite girl in the company of her brothers.

On her arrival in safety at her home,

her brothers, according to their promise,

rewarded her greatly for her virtuous conduct

while in the captivity of King Solomon.

Tonight, we will learn from a Hebrew idiom.

An "idiom" is a figure of speech having a meaning

not determined by the words it contains.

* For example, "raining cats and dogs"

The meaning is clear even though there are no cats, dogs.

1. The Shulamite’s brother speaks.

- Song 8:8a

"We have a little sister..."

- We know it’s her brother who speaks here for obvious reasons.

- He is saying "our sister is still young."

In earlier days, this was what her brothers said about her.

- Before she was taken from her home by Solomon,

her brothers were angry with their "little sister."

In Song 1:6, she said "

My mother’s sons were angry with me;

They made me the keeper of the vineyards,

But my own vineyard I have not kept.

- They, at first, did not want their sister

to be involved with this shepherd boy.

In Song 2:15, they said to her

Catch us the foxes,

The little foxes that spoil the vines,

For our vines have tender grapes.

- Here, she told the court ladies what her brothers did

to hinder her from seeing her shepherd boy.

They gave her a job to do.

She was assigned the task of keeping foxes out of the vineyard.

They thought their sister was simply too young an irresponsible

to be engaged to be married.

2. The idiom he uses.

- Song 8:8

"We have a little sister, and she has no breasts..."

- This Hebrew idiom was used by her brothers

to say that she was too young to get married.

A young girl who develops breasts is showing signs of puberty.

They thought she was too immature for marriage.

3. The question he asks.

- Song 8:8

"...what shall we do for our sister in the day when she is spoken for?"

- In those days, the girl could be spoken for,

that is, demanded in marriage.

- What would they do for her?

What they would do depended upon what she had done

and how she had behaved in her absence.

4. The answer is given.

- Song 8:9

If she is a wall,

We will build upon her

A battlement of silver;

And if she is a door,

We will enclose her

With boards of cedar.

- There is no need to read into this more than what is written.

The answer was two-fold:

* "If she is a wall, we will build upon her a battlement of silver..."

If she kept herself pure…

If she was like a wall that kept out all intruders…

they would reward her greatly!

They would continue to honor and protect her.

* "...if she is a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar."

If she didn’t keep herself pure…

If she was like a door opened to anyone and everyone,

they would "shut her up,

show hostility to her


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