Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Song of Songs: Chapter 3

1: Upon my bed by night I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but found him not; I called him, but he gave no answer.
2: "I will rise now and go about the city, in the streets and in the squares; I will seek him whom my soul loves." I sought him, but found him not.
3: The watchmen found me, as they went about in the city. "Have you seen him whom my soul loves?"
4: Scarcely had I passed them, when I found him whom my soul loves. I held him, and would not let him go until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.
5: I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the hinds of the field, that you stir not up nor awaken love until it please.
6: What is that coming up from the wilderness, like a column of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all the fragrant powders of the merchant?
7: Behold, it is the litter of Solomon! About it are sixty mighty men of the mighty men of Israel,
8: all girt with swords and expert in war, each with his sword at his thigh, against alarms by night.
9: King Solomon made himself a palanquin from the wood of Lebanon.
10: He made its posts of silver, its back of gold, its seat of purple; it was lovingly wrought within by the daughters of Jerusalem.
11: Go forth, O daughters of Zion, and behold King Solomon, with the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, on the day of the gladness of his heart.

This is a fairly simple chapter. Alot of experts call this the dream that follows evening in the last chapter. The theme is searching for the lost love. There are many biblical references to searcing for God.

This is the dream where you run about looking for your love. Through the night you search. It serves to reflect our state on earth as we search for our God amid the darkness that can make us lost.

The dream leads into a vision of Solomon that bridges us into the next chapter. My favorite line from this chapter is verse 4-5. She finds her love. Takes Him home and then says again her warning from before about awaking love before it is time.

Those who speak ill of the poem because she is taking Him to her chamber often look past the next line where sexual relations at this point are ruled out.

What is the chamber? Where her mother concieved her. What is it, but our hearts. Where love. Love that leads to our children and true marriage is kindled in the heart.

She finds her love and embraces Him in her heart. He was in her heart in the last chapter, but was then gone. She moved through the night and found Him, and embraced Him again in her heart.

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