BIBLE: Song of Solomon Chapter 5 – Headline “A Missing Veil”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Song of Solomon 5:

The passionate longing between a man and a woman whose desires supersedes their circumstances.

  • The Beloved is Solomon, the metaphor for Jesus
  • The Shulamite is His bride
    • She is dark from working the vineyards, i.e. she was a commoner marrying a king
    • She is a metaphor for those who love Jesus
  • The Daughters of Jerusalem are the critics of the Beloved
    • Those who reject his special identity
  • The Watchmen of the city are the overseers of the city
    • Those who are the keepers of the laws

The Bride Praises the Bridegroom

THE BELOVED SPEAKING

Song of Solomon 5:I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse;
I have gathered my myrrh with my spice;
I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey;
I have drunk my wine with my milk.

(To His Friends)

Eat, O friends!
Drink, yes, drink deeply,
O beloved ones!
  • Mark 2:18 The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?”

The Shulamite’s Troubled Evening

THE SHULAMITE SPEAKING

Song of Solomon 5:I sleep, but my heart is awake;
It is the voice of my beloved!
He knocks, saying,
  • Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
“Open for me, my sister, my love (my companion, friend),
My dove, my perfect one;
For my head is covered with dew,
My locks (curls or hair) with the drops of the night.”
  • “Dew” H2919 tal as coming from the sky and bringing fertility. A mist, light rain.
    • Deu 32:2 Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As raindrops on the tender herb, And as showers on the grass. (note: “rain” means “teacher”)
    • Psa 72:6 He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, Like showers that water the earth. (This teacher is a “He” who comes down from heaven)
    • Hosea 6:3 Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.
    • Joel 2:23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you— The former rain, And the latter rain in the first. (note: it is understood that the “faithful rain” is the “righteous teacher”, the Messiah)
    • James 5:7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.
Song of Solomon 5:I have taken off my robe;
How can I put it on again?
I have washed my feet;
How can I defile (dirty) them?
  • Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
  • Isaiah 62:5 For as a young man marries a virgin, So shall your sons marry you; And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So shall your God rejoice over you.
  • She is more concerned about her self cleansing than her relationship. Her laws have kept her away from him.
Song of Solomon 5:My beloved put his hand
By the latch (opening) of the door,
And my heart yearned for him.
Song of Solomon 5:I arose to open for my beloved,
And my hands dripped with myrrh,
My fingers with liquid myrrh,
On the handles of the lock.
Song of Solomon 5:I opened for my beloved,
But my beloved had turned away and was gone.
My heart (Lit. soul) leaped up when he spoke.
I sought him, but I could not find him;
I called him, but he gave me no answer.
  • Matthew 9:15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.
Song of Solomon 5:The watchmen who went about the city found me.
They struck me, they wounded me;
  • The law keepers struck His bride.
The keepers of the walls
Took my veil away from me.
  • Luke 23:45 Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.
  • Matthew 27:5 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,
Song of Solomon 5:I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
If you find my beloved,
That you tell him I am lovesick!
  • She is suffering and calling for Him.

THE DAUGHTERS OF JERUSALEM SPEAKING

Song of Solomon 5:What is your beloved
More than another beloved,
O fairest among women?
What is your beloved
More than another beloved,
That you so charge (adjure) us?
  • Modern vernacular “Oh Yeah, what makes Him so great?”

THE SHULAMITE SPEAKING

Song of Solomon 5:10 My beloved is white and ruddy,
Chief (Distinguished) among ten thousand.
  • “White” H6703 sah – dazzling, glowing, clear, bright; shone on by the sun.
    • Matthew 17:2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.
  • “Ruddy” H122 – ‘āḏōm or adam – red, from the red earth, the first man.
    • 1 Corinthians 15:47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.
    • Jesus was the second Adam. The second swallowed up the first, the spiritual man replaced the earthly man.
    • Jesus, born as a man, in the flesh, that He might redeem the flesh with the spiritual.

Song of Solomon 5:11 His head is like the finest gold;
  • “Gold” H3799 – kāṯam from H3799; properly, something carved out, i.e. ore; hence, gold (pure as originally mined):—(most fine, pure) gold(-en wedge).
    • Daniel 2:34 You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces.
    • Daniel 2:45 Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”
  • Gold root meaning ; properly, to carve or engrave, i.e. (by implication) to inscribe indelibly:—mark. To be stained, be defiled, be deeply stained – blood-stained.

His locks are wavy,
  • “Wavy” H8534 – taltal the pendulous branches of palms, with which, Cant. 5:11, flowing locks are compared. LXX
    • John 12:12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:
      “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!”
    • Revelation 7:9 A Multitude from the Great Tribulation – After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,

And black as a raven.
  • “Black” šāḥar seek early. root meaning: H7836 shâchar; properly to dawn, i.e. (figuratively) be (up) early at any task (with the implication of earnestness); by extension, to search for (with painstaking):—(do something) betimes, inquire early, rise (seek) betimes, seek diligently) early, in the morning.
    • 2 Peter 1:19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morningstar rises in your hearts;
    • Revelation 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and MorningStar.”
    • Psalm 46:5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
    • Matthew 4:16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”
    • Matthew 28:1 He Is Risen – Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
  • “Raven” H6158 ʿōrēḇ – to grow dusky at sundown:—be darkened, (toward) evening. (Judgment)
    • Joel 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
Song of Solomon 5:12 His eyes are like doves
By the rivers of waters,
Washed with milk,
And fitly set (sitting in a setting).

Song of Solomon 5:13 His cheeks are like a bed of spices,
Banks of scented herbs.
His lips are lilies,
Dripping liquid myrrh.
Song of Solomon 5:14 His hands are rods of gold
Set with beryl.
His body is carved ivory
Inlaid with sapphires.
Song of Solomon 5:15 His legs are pillars of marble
Set on bases of fine gold.
His countenance is like Lebanon,
Excellent as the cedars.
  • A pillar is a witness, like the hieroglyphics of Egypt they have a story to tell. Jesus has a story to tell, called the Gospel. Pillars are symbolic of up-righteousness; (as to being a pillar in the community)
  • Lebanon is known for its cedars. The wood of the cedar is fragrant and resistant to decay.
Song of Solomon 5:16 His mouth is most sweet,
Yes, he is altogether lovely.
This is my beloved,
And this is my friend,
O daughters of Jerusalem!
  • Their relationship is more than sexual. He is also her friend.
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