"Commentary on Song of Solomon 2:3". The Song of Songs (also called the Song of Solomon) is a poem about love between a man and a woman. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. II. His fruit was sweet to my taste — The benefits which I received by him, namely, remission of sins, faith, grace, and assurance of glory. But what saith our Saviour; John 15:2, "Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh away"; and "without me ye can do nothing." What conflict in doing this He had to pass through, how sorely He was tried, what strong “crying and tears” were wrung from His mighty spirit,--is what none of us can know; but He did resist all; and spite of all there shone forth a character the most radiant earth has ever exhibited, and one which now fills heaven with light and lustre superior to all else which it contains. of the fruit of the apple tree, to which the allusion is. But not only does the person of the king afford to Shulamith so great delight, he entertains her also with what can and must give her enjoyment. With respect to pleasant fruit (Psalms 34:8). Whatever he is to others, to those that are in the valleys he is a lily. compared to an apple tree, which is very fruitful; and, when full Song-of-solomon 2:2 As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. He combines the shadow and fragrance of the citron with the sweetness of the orange and pomegranate fruit. Evidently, the love-sick maiden had not eaten properly during the period of her separation (due to the king's bringing her into his harem). The quince, the citron, the apple, and the apricot have each had their advocates. Is it not delightful to sit down beneath the scarlet canopy of the Saviour’s blood, and feel, “God cannot smite me: He has smitten His Son; payment He cannot demand the second time: if Jesus suffered in my stead, how can God make me suffer again for sin? is gracious; whose vitiated taste is changed by the grace of God, You had searched among the other trees, but you found no fruit there: you tried to rest in the shadow of other boughs, but you never rested till on that blood-stained tree of the cross you saw your sin put away and your salvation secured, and then you rested and were satisfied. I. Straightway she sat down under its shadow, with great delight, and its fruit was sweet unto her taste. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. John Trapp Complete Commentary. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 2:3". Spurgeon.). I sat down under his shadow with great delight.] BibliographyClarke, Adam. We will pursue our investigations in the forest, and while we are doing so we shall, come upon some very wonderful trees. The foliage is perpetual: throughout the year a succession of blossoms, fruit, and perfume. Also, look at the past tense: "I sat down"; "his fruit was sweet"; "he brought me," etc. also, the greatest princes and monarchs of the earth, are The foliage is perpetual; throughout the year a succession of blossoms, fruit, and perfume (James 1:17). 1599-1645. I sat down under his shadow - I am become his spouse, and my union with him makes me indescribably happy. 1871-8. All the scholars admit that Solomon is wooing the maiden in this book; but she mentions loving experiences with her true lover that occurred in the past. As. As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. 1. 2. p. 138. advised the bride to eat a quince apple before she went into the bridegroom, as leaving an agreeable savour; and intimating how graceful the words of her mouth should be. (a) He received all the scorching beams of wrath on Himself, that so He might keep them from His people. Many evangelical scholars interpret the Song of Songs as a lyric poem, which has both unity and logical progression. The church sick of love; her prayer for help, Song of Solomon 2:5. What do these verses say? that he as much excels all the "sons", the creatures of God, 1999. The quince is preferred by many, as being by the ancients consecrated to love, but it does not satisfy (2), being astringent and unpleasant to the taste till cooked. Jesus Christ has regained it for him: he eats it partly now (Psalms 119:103; John 6:55; John 6:57); fully hereafter (Revelation 2:7): not earned by the sweat of his brow, or by his righteousness, (Romans 10:1-21.) When the child is sick, out come the preserves and deserts; never sits he so much on his mother’s lap and in her bosom as then. Do we ever sit down under His shadow, so as to find His fruit sweet unto our taste? Ease is sweet to the burdened soul, and none seek rest in Christ to any purpose, but those that feel the load of their own sins (Matthew 11:28). Examples of this are seen (in the case of God's people) when the Jews returned from the captivity in Babylon, or in the Incarnation of Christ; or, (in the case of individuals), at any time of great revival in the Church. The Targum renders it, the pome citron, or citron apple tree; which is a tree very large and beautiful; its fruit is of a bitter taste, but of a good smell; always fruit on it; is an excellent remedy against poison, and good for the breath, as naturalistsF13Athenaei Deispnosoph. This opens a beautiful view of Christ, and of the believer also; when, under the blessed influences of grace, a full use and enjoyment of Christ is made by him. It was also surrounded by sin. Even in our own country you will not find it a difficult thing to meet with persons who are totally ignorant of Christ. Yea, the way of obedience is sweet to them (Proverbs 3:17). (But see Thornson, The Land and the Book, p. Solon I sat down (says she) under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. Strange things may be observed in the undisturbed woods, which are not to be seen in our hedgerow trees, or discerned in our gardens; trees have odd habits of their own, and grow marvellously if left to their own sweet wills. One of the names by which prophecy foretold the Messiah was “Emmanuel, God with us.” One of the expressions by which the apostle declares the purport of His work, is in the corresponding sentiment, “He was made sin for us.” What tongue can express, what imagination conceive, the grandeur of this work I It spans eternity, past and to come. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 2:3". It may be that in the midst of the forest, while you are hungry and thirsty, you come upon a strangely beautiful tree: its proportions are exact, and as you gaze upon it from a distance you exclaim, “How wonderful are the works of God!” and you begin to think of those trees of the Lord which are full of sap, the cedars of Lebanon Which He hath planted. Solomon 1:6 Song of Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". But the apple-tree unites delicious fruit along with a grateful shade; and just such a noble tree is the object of her love. righteousness and grace, which are a sovereign antidote against More particularly. [John 15:5] That is a true saying (though Spiera the expositor censures it for a cruel sentence), Omnis vita infidelium peccatum est, et nihil bonum sine summo bono, (a) The whole life of an unbeliever is sin, neither is there anything good without Christ the chiefest good. persecutors, ( Isaiah 25:4 Isaiah 25:5 ) ; and is "The Adam Clarke Commentary". I sat down under his shadow with great delight. It was the first of its kind; there was no previous example for Christ to imitate, no perfect model to copy. a cooling, comforting, and refreshing one, like the shadow of a Where were the justice of the Most High to punish an immaculate, Substitute, and then punish men for whom that Substitute endured His wrath I This is the cool, calm, holy shadow under which we abide. Thus he was to me both a sun and a shield, as is said, Psalms 84:11. Similarly, this writer would welcome the power to see such wonderful teachings in these erotic verses. ; she desired to sit under the shade of this tree, and she did; she had what she wished for; and she sat "with great delight": having the presence of Christ, and fellowship with him in his word and ordinances, where Christ is a delightful shade to his people; and his fruit was sweet to my taste; the fruit of the apple tree, to which the allusion is. The Saviour is found in a manger at Bethlehem, in a carpenter’s shop at Nazareth; amongst the poor and needy is He seen while He sojourns amongst the sons of men. The message of this book is different from what some may think. Show what are Christ’s fruits which are so sweet to the taste of those that sit under His shadow. (Song of Solomon 2:5-6). O taste and see I You will find enough in Christ to spoil the gust and relish of all other pleasures. He is a lily of the valleys, or low places, in his humiliation, exposed to injury. How vast the influence the Saviour has been ever exerting in our world! Believers have a taste of the goodness of Christ. The apple may be set aside, because the Palestine fruit usually called the apple is really the quince, the climate being too hot for our apple. You may try your state, and discern it by your relish of spiritual things. By "his fruit" here are meant the blessings of In this post, I will highlight verses from all 8 chapters of the Song of Solomon (aka the Song of Songs). But beauty can never satisfy hunger, and when a man is dying of thirst it is vain to talk to him of symmetry and taste. Now, see how Jesus meets all the wants of all who come to Him. SolonF16Plutarch. The Church, being scorched with troubles without and terrors within, ran to Christ for shelter, and found singular comfort. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. A bystander said: "I don't see all those colors down there"! Chapter 1 of the song begins with the title “She” over the first stanza, to indicate that the initial lines are spoken by the woman in this relationship. In the end, Solomon would have 700 wives. Jesus, in our nature, is far above all angels, and principalities, and powers; probably these are the sons the church speaks of, and we know, that when Jesus as God-man Mediator is brought into our world under this exalted character, as the first begotten, Jehovah said, Let all the angels of God worship him. The apple tree has been 1905-1909. Adam’s fall has changed the temperature of the air which we breathe. Christ is cornucopia, a universal good, all-sufficient and satisfactory, proportionable, and every way fitting to our necessities. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". So in Song of Solomon 4:5; but there the addition occurs, "which feed among the lilies." here supposes it was her choice; that she preferred Christ to any Character. There is some comfort, therefore, in thinking that He grows among the trees Of the wood. Nothing nobler, grander, purer, has been devised, even by God Himself. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". Song of Solomon 7:3 The world is turned a hot country all over to the sons of fallen Adam, witness the spiritual blackness upon all faces (Amos 9:7). 3. 1685. (J. Viney, D. D.). desired to sit under the shade of this tree, and she did; she had Christ is full of the fruits and blessings of grace, which are to be reached by the hand of faith, and enjoyed; and as he is full of grace and truth, he looks very beautiful and glorious in the eye of faith; and which blessings of grace from him, being applied to a poor sensible sinner, inflamed by the fiery law, and filled with wrath and terror, sweetly cool, refresh, and comfort him. They are the benefits and privileges which we have by Christ. As He is a shadow. Jesus Christ alone satisfies us for the past and delights us for the present. And is it not a strange thing that a Saviour should be found for us among men--not among angels? 5. v. 16. , especially it appears so when laden with choice fruit; so the church, who here returns the commendation to Christ, asserts, that he as much excels all the "sons", the creatures of God, angels or men: angels, as the Targum, who, though sons of God by creation, Christ is the Son of God, in a higher sense; he is their Creator, and the object of their worship; they are confirmed by him in the estate they are, and are ministering spirits to him; and he is exalted above them in human nature: men also, the greatest princes and monarchs of the earth, are sometimes compared to large and lofty trees; but Christ is higher than they, and is possessed of far greater power, riches, glory, and majesty. 3. Certainly, the Song of Solomon, along with every other book of the Bible, points us to Jesus (Luke 24:13–27). "Commentary on Song of Solomon 2:3". I. Note that when a lover is meant, the word is not `love' but `beloved.' 1859. the apple tree. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 2:3". 1. Occurs only six times in Scripture: four times in this book (Song of Solomon 2:3, Song of Solomon 2:5; Song of Solomon 7:8; Song of Solomon 8:5); once in Proverbs (Song of Solomon 25:11); and once in Joel (Song of Solomon 1:12); three times for the tree, and three times for the fruit. His fruits: for a threefold reason: Because purchased by Him: all these privileges were procured for us by His blood, death, and sufferings. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. And when the souls of his people have found Christ, and known Christ under these characters, then they can, and do set to their seal, that God is true; for they then dwell under his shadow, and revive as the corn, and grow as the vine. Psalms 73:25-26. Christ may be Author: Solomon wrote Song of Solomon, according to the first verse. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. "Sitting" 1832. Song of Solomon 6:13 is 7:1 in the Hebrew text, making each verse one greater throughout the Hebrew text in chapter 7. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 2:3". or inf . "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". If you were put down in the middle of a forest and told there was an apple tree there, you might wander for many a day before you discovered it, and often go over your own footsteps, lost in endless mazes, but you would not find the object of your search; and so, though there be a Saviour, men have not found the Saviour, and there may even be souls here present who long for that which Jesus is able to give, and yet have not discovered Him. preferable to the wild barren trees of a forest F11, They have been His servants; and although they thought not so, nor did their hearts mean so, He has by them been working out His purposes, and using them as His agents. And make no mistake about it, these words are extremely sensuous and erotic, as a glance at the Good News Bible translation will indicate. Show what it is to sit down under Christ’s shadow. and enjoyed; and as he is full of grace and truth, he looks very "Commentary on Song of Solomon 2:3". apple before she went into the bridegroom, as leaving an So Jesus Christ at this present day is not known to all mankind.