Song of Songs 1:1-8:14 August 27 2006

On one occasion the young woman became anxious as
she waited for her husband to return to her. She praised
his appearance and character. Her anxiety turned to
peace when her husband returned and showered her
with beautiful words of love. BOTH HUSBAND AND
The young couple affirmed their mutual and exclusive
commitment to each another. This commitment gave
their love an unrelenting strength , passion, and

1. Verbal Love (Song Of Songs 1:1,15-2:3)

Song 1:1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s. 1:15
Ah, you are beautiful, my love; ah, you are beautiful; your
eyes are doves. 1:16 Ah, you are beautiful, my beloved,
truly lovely. Our couch is green; 1:17 the beams of our
house are cedar, our rafters are pine. 2:1 I am a rose of
Sharon, a lily of the valleys. 2:2 As a lily among brambles,
so is my love among maidens. 2:3 As an apple tree among
the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among young men.
With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was
sweet to my taste.

The title of the Book of Song of Songs uses the
noun song twice. This is a Hebrew way of expressing
that which is the best – in this case, the finest of all of
the songs Solomon wrote (1 Kings 4:32). Song of
Songs is Solomon’s finest love song that celebrates
the God –given joy of love between a husband and

2. Appropriate Love ( Song Of Songs 2:7)

Song 2:7 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the
gazelles or the wild does: do not stir up or awaken love
until it is ready!

The female singer’s conviction that true love waits became a charge to the young woman of Jerusalem. She cautioned the unmarried against intimate expressions of love before marriage. Do not , she cautioned , stir up or awaken love until the appropriate time. The
3. Exclusive Love (Song Of Songs 6:1-3)

Song 6:1 Where has your beloved gone, O fairest among
women? Which way has your beloved turned, that we may
seek him with you? 6:2 My beloved has gone down to his
garden, to the beds of spices, to pasture his flock in the
gardens, and to gather lilies. 6:3 I am my beloved’s and
my beloved is mine; he pastures his flock among the lilies.

4. Strong Love (Song Of Songs 8:6-7)

Song 8:6 Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon
your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the
grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. 8:7
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown
it. If one offered for love all the wealth of his house, it
would be utterly scorned.