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Summary: This is the eighth 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.

The Song of Solomon 8

Song of Solomon 3:6-11

6 THE SHULAMITE

Who is this coming out of the wilderness

Like pillars of smoke,

Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,

With all the merchant’s fragrant powders?

7Behold, it is Solomon’s couch,

With sixty valiant men around it,

Of the valiant of Israel.

8They all hold swords,

Being expert in war.

Every man has his sword on his thigh

Because of fear in the night.

9Of the wood of Lebanon

Solomon the King

Made himself a palanquin:

10He made its pillars of silver,

Its support of gold,

Its seat of purple,

Its interior paved with love

By the daughters of Jerusalem.

11Go forth, O daughters of Zion,

And see King Solomon with the crown

With which his mother crowned him

On the day of his wedding,

The day of the gladness of his heart.

With this section of verses,

the Shulamite girl speaks to the court ladies of King Solomon.

This scene opens with the procession of King Solomon’s court

to the city of Jerusalem.

The Shulamite girl sees the procession coming

and describes what she sees.

1. The first remark. - Song 3:6

Who is this coming out of the wilderness

Like pillars of smoke,

Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,

With all the merchant’s fragrant powders?

- "Wow! Look at this! Who in the world is that?"

- The king’s riches and wealth are duly noticed.

- Who couldn’t help but notice the richest man in the world?

- This smoke is the burning of incense!

2. The second remark. - Song 3:7-8

Behold, it is Solomon’s couch,

With sixty valiant men around it,

Of the valiant of Israel.

8They all hold swords,

Being expert in war.

Every man has his sword on his thigh

Because of fear in the night.

People are watching this great procession of the king

as he comes to Jerusalem.

· "Behold, it is Solomon’s couch..."

· Your Bible may use the word "bed".

The Hebrew word that is used here

is not the same as the words used in 1:16, 3:1, 5:13, and 6:2.

In this instance, it means, "a portable chair or covered vehicle used for carrying a single person, usually borne on poles by two or more men."

Can you see the king reclined behind the curtains?

· "With 60 valiant men around it, of the valiant of Israel. They all hold swords, being expert in war."

These were brave and physically strong men.

They were armed and ready to defend the king.

· "Every man has his sword on his thigh because of fear in the night."

These men were there to protect the king

throughout the many nights of travel.

They were the Secret Service agents of King Solomon.

- Solomon was well-protected.

3. The third remark. - Song 3:9-10

Of the wood of Lebanon

Solomon the King

Made himself a palanquin:

10 He made its pillars of silver,

Its support of gold,

Its seat of purple,

Its interior paved with love

By the daughters of Jerusalem.

Now, a more thorough description is made

of the king’s travel vehicle

carried by these brave and strong men.

· " Of the wood of Lebanon, Solomon the king, made himself a palaquin "

His couch is made of the precious wood from Lebanon [probably Lebanon cedar].

It is decorated with silver!

It is supported from beneath with gold.

A fine purple material covers the seat.

* " Its interior paved with love By the daughters of Jerusalem.

The floor of the vehicle is lovingly paved

like a beautiful mosaic

made with tiny pieces of beautiful decoration

exactly fitted together.

4. The fourth remark. - Song 3:11

Go forth, O daughters of Zion,

And see King Solomon with the crown

With which his mother crowned him

On the day of his wedding,

The day of the gladness of his heart.

- Notice the term "daughters of Zion".

- "Zion" is another name for Jerusalem.

The Shulamite girl urges Solomon’s women to watch.

She tells them to take special notice

of that which they would not see every day.

Perhaps King Solomon is wearing a crown…

the crown of gold, adorned with jewels,

which he wore on his coronation-day.

(Solomon’s mother, Bathsheba, helped to secure it to him

when Adonijah was trying to take the throne at David’s death…

1 Kings 1:9-31 )

Or maybe he’s wearing a crown of flowers and greenery

which his mother made for him to wear at his wedding.

Perhaps Solomon’s coronation day was his marriage-day,

the day of his espousals.

King Solomon is entering Jerusalem.

What a glorious sight it must have been!

But the Shulamite girl doesn’t love King Solomon!

She loves her shepherd boy!

Conclusion:

Contrary to what we have always been taught,

Solomon is the bad guy in this most beautiful song.

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