V. He sees, moreover, the graces of the Spirit which He Himself bestows upon His children; imperfect, indeed, but genuine--variable, but progressive--resisted by the flesh, but gradually victorious over it. ), like the Lower Saxon plattdeutsch. Do you feel you are getting cool? In this post, I will highlight verses from all 8 chapters of the Song of Solomon (aka the Song of Songs). And then the sense will be, look not upon me with a jealous or suspicious eye; questioning the reality of the work of grace in my heart, because I have so much blackness of infirmities upon me; for I have been so scorched with the sun of persecution, that I am not in myself what I am in Christ Jesus. It does not mean Solomon wrote it. My mother's sons were angry with me and made me take care … "After I was made known to myself," (h) said Ephraim - scil., by looking in the glass of God’s law - "I repented." References: Song of Solomon 1:6.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. If so, that person wanted to give honour to Solomon, who was famous as Israel’s wisest king. שׁדף; Arab. . When counselling others, you think yourself wise. Its title indicates its superlative nature. of which is either נחר or נחר ( equals נחרר), Gesen. παρανέβλεπσέ) με ὁ ἣλιος: the sun has looked askance on me. How beautiful is grace which thus induceth humility. It is a sphere affording full scope for exertion, vigilance and zeal. This man, as he continues In his office, almost inevitably gets to repeat his descriptions as a matter of course; and everybody knows how a guide at last comes to “talk book,” and just iterate words which do not awaken any corresponding feeling in his own mind. If men work simply for gratitude, if they are kind to each other simply expecting thankfulness, they will be invariably disappointed. Song of Solomon 1:7, Song of Solomon 1:8.—Ibid., vol. Children of the same mother, but not the same father (Maurer.) Made me keeper of the vineyards — Having prevailed against me, they used me like a slave, putting me upon the most troublesome services, such as the keeping of the vineyards was esteemed, 2 Kings 25:12; Isaiah 61:5; Matthew 20:17. One is led to suppose that Shulamith's own father was dead, and that her mother had been married again; the sons by the second marriage were they who ruled in the house of their mother. Song of Solomon 1:14 "My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms In the vineyards of Engedi." Every worker for Christ is deeply concerned in the application of this parable; because the peril of self-complacency increases in precisely the same ratio as the zeal of proselytizing. Yea, she tells the world the true reason of her present blackness; somewhat she had to say against others, but most against herself. שׁזף signifies here not adspicere (Job 3:9; Job 41:10) so much as adurere. He has made us glad; our spirits have leaped for very joy, for He hath turned again the captivity of our soul. Isaiah 51:1. We are keeping the vineyards of others, just, perhaps, that it may be said that we are keeping their vineyards, and that we may have the praise of the fruit of the vineyard, or that we may please those who are connected with the vineyard. with the art. The poet delicately represents Shulamith as regarding the sun as fem. Copyright StatementThe Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament is a derivative of a public domain electronic edition. When … The entire lectionary text is cast in the voice of the woman. , by the interchange of אחרוּ and אחרוּ ; the form נחרוּ , like נחלוּ , Amos 6:6, resisted the bringing together of the ח and the half guttural ר . You will also find injurious prejudices, false judgments, vain imaginations, irregular emotions, an evil conscience, corrupt motives supposed to be right motives, restlessness, self-deception, falsity of profession, and a constant going back from good and from true positions which the individual has gained. Darkness is light about us if we can serve Him there. l. 2. “Tell me where Thou feedest,” etc. Joseph Benson's Commentary. We ought not to be contented with a dwarfed and maimed Christianity, with an imperfect righteousness or a disturbed peace. We want Christ--not an abstract, doctrinal, pictured Christ--but a real Christ. He supposes a man to be a guide in Switzerland. He says, “O thou fairest among women.” That is a blessed cordial for her distress. Spurgeon.). The genuine Christian sets up no lower standard than perfection. 68, An. The matter is one of wide concern when we remember that every Sunday-school teacher, every visitor of the sick or the poor, every human being who is called to say a word of warning to an erring creature, or a word of encouragement to a weary one; every father and mother whose example and conversation and entire life, to its least detail, may affect the impressionable nature of their child; is called to keep the vineyard at home, if they would not have it scatter the slight seeds of mighty evil wide and far. The bride with holy shamefacedness exclaims, “Look not upon me, for I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me.” This is one index of a gracious soul--that whereas the ungodly rush to and fro, and know not where to look for consolation, the believing heart naturally flies to its well-beloved Saviour, knowing that in Him is its only rest. I do not think any of us are weary of God’s work. And if thou dost desire to find thy flock, and to make them lie down, very well, go thou and feed them as other shepherds have done--Christ’s own shepherds whom He has sent in other days to feed His chosen. But, once more, God gives us rest in His Church. and also 1 Corinthians 5:5 is the designation of a step-mother. She says this to show the harsh treatment of her brothers. She now says how it has happened that she is thus sunburnt: Appointed me as keeper of the vineyards -. Song of Solomon 2:1-7 “Close by these lilies there grew several of the thorny shrubs of the desert; but above them rose the lily, spreading out its fresh green leaf as a contrast to the dingy verdure of these prickly shrubs—‘like the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.’” –Horatius Bonar . Verse 4. Text: Explanation.1 ¶ The song of songs, which is Solomon's. Among the allegorists, Hengstenberg here presents the extreme of an interpretation opposed to what is true and fine. Sane bene, "Full well truly have I rejected or slighted the commandment of God, that I might keep men’s tradition." She is to forget "her own people and her fathers house" - i:e., the worldly connections of her unregenerate state (Psalms 45:10). I do pray for you, and pray you for me, that we may each one of us have a love which realizes Christ, and which can address Him as “Thou whom my soul loveth.” But, again, look at the text and you will perceive another thing very clearly. Normally I post an entire chapter from a book of the bible, highlighting a few verses. The song of songs--The most excellent of all songs, Hebrew idiom ( Exodus 29:37, Deuteronomy 10:14).A foretaste on earth of the "new song" to be sung in glory ( Revelation 5:9, 14:3, 15:2-4). "Commentary on Song of Solomon 1:6". Its name in Arab. I write over his epitaph that he surely was no fool who had but the wisdom to give up his heart for one who had His heart pierced for him. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". As in the case of Jacob and Esau; as he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the spirit, even so it is now. In this connection cǎarmī, which by no means equals the colourless memet ipsam, is to be taken as the figure of the person in its external appearance, and that of its fresh-blooming attractive appearance which directly accords with כּרם, since from the stem-word כּרם (Arab. xi., No. (b) "Valde fusca", Bochart; "prorsus vel valde, et teta nigra", Marckius, Michaelis. Where dost Thou feed Thy flock? Introduction. "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". “There remaineth a rest for the people of God.” Oh! The old Latin translation renders it "brown" - lovely brown we call it; belle brunette, the French; others "somewhat black," - q.d., My blackness is not so much as you may think for; judge not, therefore, according to the appearance; stumble not at my seeming deformities. The bringing of a foreigner to the throne would no doubt excite jealousy among the Jewish females; who, from their own superior complexion, national and religious advantages, might well suppose that Solomon should not have gone to Egypt for a wife and queen, while Judea could have furnished him with every kind of superior excellence. No wonder the young women love you! "Commentary on Song of Solomon 1:6". Calling the text “The Song of Solomon” perpetuates the problem of rendering women in biblical texts invisible (even though this is what the New Revised Standard Version [NRSV] and many other English translations do). If my eyes tell me I am black I will weep, but if He assures me I am fair I will believe Him and rejoice. Shall they seek pastures far off from one another? ?” There is no sweeter resting-place for weary souls than in God’s own soul. Mine own vineyard . That is why He urges, ‘Like as He Who called you is holy, so be yourselves holy in all manner of living, even as it is written, Be you holy, for I am holy’ (1 Peter 1:15-16). Look not upon me = Look not down on: i.e. The quinqueliterum שׁחרחרת signifies, in contradistinction to שׁחור, that which is black here and there, and thus not altogether black. They too had let themselves go and had let God down. Song of Solomon 1:6. Both passages are poetry. The devil tells me I am unworthy, and that is a reason. Now, observe what the question is. But they do best that by "sun" in this place understand the heat of persecution, and the parching of oppression, according to Matthew 13:6; Matthew 13:21, Lamentations 1:6; Lamentations 1:13-14, &c. What bonfires were here made in Queen Mary’s days, burning the dear saints of God to a black coal, lighting them up for tapers in a dark night, as they did in Nero’s days! Sin may drive you from Sinai; it ought to draw you to Calvary. (Note: According to the Indian idea, it is the eye of Varuna; the eye (also after Plato: ἡλιοειδέστατον τῶν περὶ τὰς αἰσθήσεις οργάνων ) is regarded as taken from the sun, and when men die returning to the sun (Muir in the Asiatic Journal , 1865, p. 294, S. But that she uses נטרה (from נטר , R. טר = τηρεῖν ; cf. "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". The cause of self-neglect, therefore, is not in the vineyard-keeping for others; it must be in the character of the individual concerned. Nor is this all. Galatians 4:29. Mine own vineyard - A figurative expression for herself or her beauty. In this connection cǎarmī , which by no means = the colourless memet ipsam , is to be taken as the figure of the person in its external appearance, and that of its fresh-blooming attractive appearance which directly accords with כּרם , since from the stem-word כּרם (Arab. 1. Song of Solomon 1:6. Make the Lord Jesus your model and example; and by treading where the footprints of the flock are to be seen, you will both save yourself and them that hear you; you shall find Jesus, and they shall find Jesus too. The name Doctor Street, for instance, celebrates Dr. Foster, the first wealthy, influential black man to live in the town.By repeating this name, the townspeople honor their hero and celebrate their race and their culture. The Song sings of lovers who court, then marry, and then work together in an ideal picture of life, family and work. Genesis 37:11 with Luke 2:51), and not נחרה , as they were wont to say in Judea, after Proverbs 27:18, and after the designation of the tower for the protection of the flocks by the name of “the tower of the nōtsrīm ” the watchmen, 2 Kings 17:9, shows that the maid is a Galilean, whose manner of speech is Aramaizing, and if we may so say, platt-Heb. And what were they? It is for myself, but yet far more for others, that I ask the question, ‘Tell me where Thou feedest, where Thou makest them to rest at noon.’“ We would know the groves of promise and the cool streams of peace, that we may lead others into rest. This is not the only place in the Bible where there is such a description. If you do look at me, look to Christ for me, and pray that I may be helped; “for I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me.”, II. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". 1:9 "like my mare" - at that time in the Orient the horse was not a beast of burden, but the cherished companion of kings. The husbandman breaks up the clods of the field; he casts in the seed; he treats the soil as the soil demands; but when he has done his best and his utmost, Providence has to do very much. My mother's sons were angry with me; They made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care of my own vineyard. Reader! Look not upon me, because I am swarthy, Because the sun hath scorched me. This was well. She asked Him where He fed, where He made His flock to rest, and He answered her. In everything we should seek to attain the highest and do the best. 112-116). Shulamith's address consists intentionally of clauses with perfects placed together: she speaks with childlike artlessness, and not “like a book;” in the language of a book, וישׂמוּני would have been used instead of שׂמני . It walks very daintily. “Evils connected with his work!” says one. l. 4. c. 12. (b) The Church hath its cross for its inheritance. I. Many persons who are exceedingly particular about doctrine, and who tithe their mint, and anise, and cummin, as respects doctrinal statements, are often horridly careless with reference to practice: and yet if there be not religious practice in those who embrace religious truths, tell me in what is the advantage of holding true doctrine? The warm affection which Christ’s relation to us inspires. The first and second verses reveal that the woman has now found her lover and she declares their commitment to one another, proclaiming, “I am my lovers and my beloved is mine”. Such an one will,not be like the man who said, “I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection.” He will have no idea of self-crucifixion, or of self-mortification. KJ21. We may retain the candlestick, but where shall be the light? [Mark 7:9] Thus she shames and shents {hesitates} herself; she blusheth and bleedeth before the Lord for her carelessness in duty. O Thou whom I hope I love I” But this sentence saith not so at all. We have here an answer given by the Bridegroom to His beloved. of which is either נחר or נחר (= נחרר ), Gesen. Let us talk it over. The Song of Solomon (sometimes called the Song of Songs) is a love story. (6) Look not . You know the distinction between the cause and the occasion. The relation which Christ sustains to us as the shepherd of our souls. They had become marred in the hands of the potter (Jeremiah 18:4, compare Jeremiah 5:1-3; Hosea 6:1; Hosea 9:16). My mother's sons were incensed against me; they made me keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept. [Nehemiah 6:1] It was quarrel enough to Jerusalem that it would not be miserable. We have not spent our life idly: we have been forced to be keepers of the vineyards. Solomon and his Shulamite bride are the main characters and in our passage she is in the “royal court,” comparing herself with the “daughters of Jerusalem.” Let’s take a close look at this interesting passage. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. I would rather trust Christ’s eyes than mine. Names tell stories, record history, and build community. The Lord hath said, “Believe,” and I take Him at His word and rest in that word. Since she did not keep the high trust of being the witness for God to the Gentiles, committed to her by God, God gave her over to the Gentile powers to be keeper of vineyards of a very different kind to them-namely, to bear their cruel yoke, instead of the Lord's blessed one. What has He not done for us this very day? "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". The Papists have the like arguments for proof of their Church. for the most part mas. III. Nowhere is mention made of Shulamith's father, but always, as here, only of her mother, Song of Solomon 3:4; Song of Solomon 8:2; Song of Solomon 6:9; and she is only named without being introduced as speaking. Though we might have thought we were somewhat clean before, when we see God in His light we see light, and we abhor ourselves in dust and ashes. Neither will you find profit from Divine ordinances--rest of soul or peace of mind. A. So the world, and the soul (Matthew 16:26; Luke 9:25). "Commentary on Song of Solomon 1:6". The true church, the new Israel, also has to admit that underneath the surface of her comeliness, her complexion has been spoilt (1 John 1:8; 1 John 1:10), and that it is her own fault. The bride is directed where to go that she may find her Beloved and lead her flock to Him. This you will not deny. Preach in fact, the doctrines of grace as you find them in the Book. I speak now only to the workers. I will go there. The more you do for souls, the purer, and the holier, and the more Christlike will you he, if you do it with Him. I dread very much the tendency to do Christ’s work in a cold, mechanical spirit; but above even that I tremble lest I should be able to have warmth for Christ’s work and yet should be cold towards the Lord Himself. 26). "Commentary on Song of Solomon 1:6". The personal possession is doubly expressed; shělli is related to cǎrmī as a nearer defining apposition: my vineyard, that which belongs to me (vid., Fr. Does she indicate thereby that, in connection with Solomon, she has lost herself, with all that she is and has? Solomon 1:1-17.CANTICLE I.--(Solomon 1:2-2:7')--THE BRIDE SEARCHING FOR AND FINDING THE KING. The fairest Christians are the most shamefaced with regard to themselves. Song of Solomon 1:14 "My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms In the vineyards of Engedi." Do you water those tiny plants of goodness which have begun to grow? If you will look at the title before us, you will have to learn not only its reality, its assurance, its unity; but you will have to notice its constancy, “O Thou whom my soul loveth.” Not, “did love yesterday;” or, “may begin to love to-morrow;” but, “Thou whom my soul loveth,”--“Thou whom I have loved ever since I knew Thee, and to love whom has become as necessary to me as my vital breath or my native air.” The true Christian is one who loves Christ for evermore. You want to bless your children, to save their souls, and have fellowship with Christ in the doing of it; then teach them the truths which the apostles taught. Bunn interpreted this to mean that, The Shulamite had not kept her own chastity. The story begins with the cross. The satisfaction and delight such a manifestation of our Lord’s favour will bring. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 1:6". BibliographyClarke, Adam. Teach that the Herd is not changeable--casting away His people, loving them to-day and hating them to-morrow. of sore persecutions and tribulations, which by God’s permission have befallen me, which are represented by the sun, Matthew 13:6,21. 1854-1889. Observe carefully that this answer is given in tenderness to her infirmity; not ignoring her ignorance, but dealing very gently with it. The Song was accepted into the Jewish canon of scripture in the 2nd century CE, after a period of controversy in the 1st century. The argument used by the church. Hypocrites and heretics especially are here understood, as some conceive, such as pretend to be children of the Church, and her greatest friends as the Donatists would be the only Christians, and after them the Rogatian heretics called themselves the only catholics. (2). We shall know when we, like it, are gathered. It would appear from the preceding verse that the bride was also in trouble about a certain charge which had been given to her, which burdened her, and in the discharge of which she had become negligent of herself. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. But Solomon had very many wives. Mine own vineyard have I not kept — They gave me such a full employment in the drudging work about their vineyards, that they left me no time to mind my own; they hindered me from doing my own duty, and from minding my own concerns. Beware of that I Love your work, but love your Master better; love your flock, but love the great Shepherd better Still, and ever keep close to Him, for it will be a token of unfaithfulness if you do not. In looking back, how little time has been spent by us in communion with God! Here is the danger--the fearful danger--lest you do it mechanically, fall into a monotony, continue in the same train, and use holy words to others with no corresponding feeling in your own soul. Dost Thou look back to that? Figure of speech Prosopopoeia (App-6), to emphasize the cause of her swarthiness. The efficient cause of our love is the Holy Spirit of God why do we love Jesus? sadaf , whence asdaf , black; cf. “Does work for God have evils contingent upon it?” Yes; but for every evil connected with the work of God, there are ten evils connected with idleness. By the sun looking upon her, some have thought is meant the Son of righteousness. you should see Love when she hath her heart full of her Saviour’s presence, when she cometh out of her chamber! My mother's sons were angry with me; They made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care of my own vineyard. (l) My own brethren who should have most favoured me. “I remember Thee from the land of the Hermonites and the hill Mizar;” but these are only stale meats, and a loving soul wants fresh food every day from the table of Christ, and you that have once had the kisses of His mouth, though you remember the past kisses with delight, yet want daily fresh tokens of His love. Indeed, she is like a giant refreshed with new wine. Liest. II. The use of the same words shows His love unchanged after her temporary unfaithfulness (Mal. She had probably not expected the king to take an interest in her, and now that he had, she was deeply aware of her imperfections. Christ has two flocks--a travelling flock and a gathered flock. The Song of Solomon is also called “The Song of Songs,” suggesting that it is the greatest of all songs. They made her a common keeper of vineyards, whereby the sun looked upon, i:e., burnt her: thus she did" not keep her own" vineyard, i:e., fair beauty. 4. What is this complaint? Yet when he began, perhaps it was a sincere love of the sublime and the beautiful that led him to take up the avocation of a guide; and at first it really was to him a luxury to impart to others what he had felt amidst the glories of nature; but as, year after year, to hundreds of different parties, he had to repeat much the same descriptions, call attention to the same sublimities, and indicate the same beauties, it is almost impossible but that he should get to be at last a mere machine. II. I am sunburnt, tanned by the sun; being obliged, perhaps, through some domestic jealously or uneasiness, to keep much without: "My mother's children were angry; they made me keeper of the vineyards." BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. IV. In nomine Domini incipit omne malum, In the name of God began all wickedness, was grown to a proverb here in times of Popery. In this post, I will highlight verses from all 8 chapters of the Song of Solomon (aka the Song of Songs). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/song-of-solomon-1.html. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 1:6". He will not "suffer persecution for the cross of Christ." I will go there, if I may find Thee there. Others by "sun" here will have original sin to be meant; which, indeed, hath brought the blackness of darkness upon the spirit of our minds, and bored out the eye of our understandings. The receiving of this blessing must be made a direct and specific aim. Christian, you admit that you have a high, holy and heavenly calling! Some think her beloved, and others her reputation; Ginsburg, literally, her own special vineyard. Song of Solomon 1:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Song of Solomon 1:6, NIV: "Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun.My mother's sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I had to neglect." In the next place it is a sphere affording full scope for exertion, vigilance and skill. Many of you, who do really love Christ, can seldom get further than to say, “O Thou whom my soul desires to love! She has put before the sun of her heart, a burning-glass, which has brought all her love to a focus, and it is all concentrated with all its heat and vehemence upon Christ Jesus Himself. This phrase is very plain in its meaning, after what our Lord Jesus Christ hath taught us of the displeasure of carnal relations, as soon as ever a work of grace is wrought upon the heart. Names tell stories, record history, and build community. This title hath not the shadow of a doubt or a fear upon it: “O Thou whom my soul loveth!” Is it not a happy thing for a child of God when he knows that he loves Christ? Mother’s children—i.e., brothers, not necessarily step-brothers, as Ewald and others. karm, cf. Epod. But because churches or societies of professors of religion, whether good or bad, are oft called vineyards, as Deuteronomy 32:32 Psalms 80:8 Isaiah 5:1,2,7, this and the foregoing clause may be thus understood, that they endeavored to seduce and corrupt the church with false doctrines, and superstitious or idolatrous worship, and to oblige her to countenance and maintain them, and thereby disturbed and hindered her from her proper work, which was the propagation and advancement of the true doctrine and worship in particular assemblies and persons belonging, or to be brought in, to her. Preach the final perseverance of the saints. Tell me where Thou feedest, for wherever Thou standest as the Shepherd, there will I be, for I want Thee. II. But what kind of vineyard, or better, vine-garden, is that which she calls שׁלּי כּרמי, i.e., meam ipsius vineam? שׁדף ; Arab. pp. BibliographyWesley, John. It does not mean Solomon wrote it. Besides, as the Scriptures ascribe twinkling to the morning dawn, so it ascribes eyes to the sun (2 Samuel 12:11), which is itself as the eye of the heavens. Philippi's Status constr. You will never get any hurt by working for Him then; your work will do you good. But why only askance? ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. The “all-seeing sun” is a commonplace of poetry; but here with sense of scorching. . Opposition is - as Calvin wrote to the French king - evangelii genius, and ecclesia est haeres crucis, saith Luther. And because Jesus has invited “all them that labour and are heavy laden,” he “comes”; “Tell me where Thou makest Thy flock to rest at noon.”, 1. He knows how ensnaring they are--how feeble and treacherous his own heart is. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. See the introductory page. Never look even for gratitude, but do good to another for the sake of the blessed God. (1) It is a soil in which things are planted and sown. 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