My Loving Father, thank You for those people You have put in my life who mean so much to me. I praise You for their friendship.
Read Song of Songs 1:1 – 2:7
1 Solomon’s Song of Songs.
2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
for your love is more delightful than wine.
3 Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;
your name is like perfume poured out.
No wonder the young women love you!
4 Take me away with you—let us hurry!
Let the king bring me into his chambers.
We rejoice and delight in you[b];
we will praise your love more than wine.
How right they are to adore you!
5 Dark am I, yet lovely,
daughters of Jerusalem,
dark like the tents of Kedar,
like the tent curtains of Solomon.[c]
6 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.
7 Tell me, you whom I love,
where you graze your flock
and where you rest your sheep at midday.
Why should I be like a veiled woman
beside the flocks of your friends?
8 If you do not know, most beautiful of women,
follow the tracks of the sheep
and graze your young goats
by the tents of the shepherds.
9 I liken you, my darling, to a mare
among Pharaoh’s chariot horses.
10 Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings,
your neck with strings of jewels.
11 We will make you earrings of gold,
studded with silver.
12 While the king was at his table,
my perfume spread its fragrance.
13 My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh
resting between my breasts.
14 My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms
from the vineyards of En Gedi.
15 How beautiful you are, my darling!
Oh, how beautiful!
Your eyes are doves.
16 How handsome you are, my beloved!
Oh, how charming!
And our bed is verdant.
17 The beams of our house are cedars;
our rafters are firs.
2 I am a rose[e] of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.
2 Like a lily among thorns
is my darling among the young women.
3 Like an apple[f] tree among the trees of the forest
is my beloved among the young men.
I delight to sit in his shade,
and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
4 Let him lead me to the banquet hall,
and let his banner over me be love.
5 Strengthen me with raisins,
refresh me with apples,
for I am faint with love.
6 His left arm is under my head,
and his right arm embraces me.
7 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you
by the gazelles and by the does of the field:
Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.
- Song of Songs 1:2 The main male and female speakers (identified primarily on the basis of the gender of the relevant Hebrew forms) are indicated by the captions He and She respectively. The words of others are marked Friends. In some instances the divisions and their captions are debatable.
- Song of Songs 1:4 The Hebrew is masculine singular.
- Song of Songs 1:5 Or Salma
- Song of Songs 2:1 Or He
- Song of Songs 2:1 Probably a member of the crocus family
- Song of Songs 2:3 Or possibly apricot; here and elsewhere in Song of Songs
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ReflectWho has stuck by you through thick and thin?
Yes, this is a song that expresses love and physical desire. But held within the embrace of God’s Word it also speaks to us of Christ’s love for us and our love for Him.
In these verses, we meet the beautiful young woman who is ‘deeply, madly’ in love (1:2–4). Her beauty has caught the eye of the man who has fallen in love with her: ‘How beautiful you are, my darling!’ (1:15). Their love is reciprocal (2:2,3).
What is evident in these verses is the girl’s irrepressible longing for the one she loves. Shifting our perspective onto our own place in God’s story, her example questions us about our longing for the presence of God. While the relationship is personal, it is in the context of relationship with friends – who join in celebrating this love (1:4). Who is supporting your relationship with God? Who are you walking with as they seek Him?
At times, the young man seems playfully elusive: ‘Follow the tracks of my sheep and perhaps you’ll find me’ (1:7,8)! Sometimes it may feel as if God has gone missing. But we can be sure that ‘His banner’ over us is love (2:4), He claims us as His own.
Who is on your team? Do you have Christian friends to support you? Ask God to send people into your life to support you in your Christian walk.
Jesus, I take this time now to meditate on Your love for me. I rejoice and delight in You.