Song of Solomon 8
O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised.
2 I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother's house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate.
3 His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.
4 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.
5 Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee.
6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.
7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.
8 We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?
9 If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.
10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.
11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.
12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.
13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.
14 Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.
The Song of Songs presents us with a powerful portrayal of the awesome marriage relationship God longs for all married couples to experience—truly a return to paradise!
Such a love relationship may seem impossible given all of our sinful baggage. But is such a marriage as described in the Song only a dream? The peak of the Song, 8:6, gives us the answer. Under inspiration, the Shulamite states that the love described in the Song is nothing less than “the very Flame of the Lord [Yahweh]” (ESV)! We may eventually choose to reject such love, as Solomon did in his later years. But if we are willing, He will continually fill our hearts and our homes with a love that “many waters cannot quench” (verse 7).
Holy human love typifies the divine. The marital relationship between husband and wife in the Song is thus a type of the love relationship between God and His people. We may therefore read the Song of Songs and see not only a portrait of Solomon and the Shulamite, but of Jesus Christ and His relationship with His Bride, the Church.
The Song of Songs is the supreme biblical statement on the theology of love and marriage. We have indeed reached the Holy of Holies, ablaze with the Flame of Yahweh!
Richard M. Davidson
Professor of Old Testament Interpretation
Andrews University Theological Seminary