The Song of Songs 5
Sometimes called Canticles
Song of Songs 5:1 I am come into my garden [the earth], my sister [bad translation; read “beloved”], my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.
Now begins a BIG PICTURE prophecy of Jesus Christ at his first coming, knocking at the door of the bride and delaying the resurrection and the full marriage for some 2,000 years; before coming again for the resurrection and marriage of the Lamb. Keep this big picture in your mind as you read chapter 5.
The Husband comes to the bride and knocks at her door. She is sleeping.
The Ekklesia sleeps waiting for the coming of the Husband, Jesus Christ; but for the faithful it is a troubled sleep, for she longs for her Husband to come. She hears the voice of her Lord calling to her and she leaps up to be with him.
Jesus Christ knocks at the door and the faithful leap to attend him, while deeply slumbering Laodicea ignores the knocking until forcibly awakened (Rev 3).
5:2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister [my Beloved], my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.
The faithful bride would not even set foot on the floor for any other; yet she rushes to her beloved Husband at his call.
5:3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them [dirty them on the floor]?
5:4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, [I saw him] and my bowels were moved for him.
The bride [the faithful Ekklesia] rushes to open to her espoused Husband and embrace him; clothed in the sweet perfume of the righteousness of every Word of God she reaches out to him; she embraces him and runs her fingers through his hair in tender love.
5:5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.
The Husband goes to his Father and the faithful Ekklesia impatiently await his return.
5:6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.
The Ekklesia is persecuted and abused for a long period of time; almost 2,000 years.
5:7 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.
The bride endures all so that she might be with her Lord. She is lovesick and suffering in agony of spirit for the presence of her beloved espoused Husband. She longs for his coming with all her being and spirit! Her reason for living is to be with and to please her Lord!
There is NO hint or shadow of compromise with his love for her or her love for HIM. For the true called out faithful Spiritual Ekklesia, death itself is preferable to any compromise of her loving obedience and loyalty to her Mighty One!
Brethren, Oh how far many of us have fallen from the true love of Christ! Falling into coddling the enemies of our espoused Husband, who would willfully sin and rebel against his Words of Life Eternal!
5:8 I charge you, O daughters [latter day descendants] of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of [with] love [lovesick for him].
The true faithful bride longs for the coming of her beloved!
The latter day descendants of Jerusalem [modern Israel and Judah] figuratively ask the Ekklesia, the loyal and faithful bride who turns neither to the left nor to the right in her devotion to her Lord: Why she desires Christ more than any other Lord?
5:9 What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us?
The loyal Ekklesia respond by teaching all people about the gospel of salvation and the wonders of Christ.
Jesus Christ is to be desired above all gods as the Might One who with the Father inhabits eternity in righteousness and justice.
Jesus Christ the Husband of the New Covenant bride:
5:10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.
5:11 His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.
5:12 His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.
5:13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.
5:14 His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.
5:15 His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
The words of Christ are the words of salvation; of justice, righteousness and equity; the teachings and commandments of Christ are true godly LOVE defined in print.
They teach us HOW to love; and that is not by coddling unrepentant wickedness. True love tells the truth, for God is truth; true love condemns wickedness, for wickedness fights against truth. Truth is a sharp two edged sword that divides the evildoer from the righteous of God.
The compromisers with the Word of God and the tolerators of sin will NOT be in the resurrection to the marriage of the Lamb! Only the beloved who are zealously dedicatedly in love with Christ and live by every Word of God will be among the chosen.
Jesus Christ will drive the wicked and the spiritually slothful and lukewarm to live by God’s Word; OUT of his Father’s house!
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The Word from the mouth of Christ [he teaches us to live by every Word of God, Matthew 4:4] are sweeter than honey
Song of Songs 5:16 His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
The Song of Songs 6
Others, seeing the example of the faithful bride will seek him also:
Song of Songs 6:1 Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women [the loyal and zealous example of the faithful Spiritual Ekklesia, the bride]? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee.
The bride replies that her beloved delays in his garden which is the earth, seeking what is good in the earth.
6:2 My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
The faithful, loyal, dedicated, obedient, zealous, pleasing and righteous bride; belongs to Jesus Christ and HE belongs to her!
6:3 I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.
The called out faithful bride is overwhelmed and overcome by her passionate love for Christ. Jesus Christ is a passionate lover that gives his all for his bride and she for him; Christ is also a mighty warrior who cast Pharaoh’s armies into the sea and destroyed Jericho. Jesus Christ cast the wicked OUT of his Father’s house and condemned wickedness in Matthew 23.
Jesus Christ is a Mighty Warrior for righteousness, never compromising with his Father’s Word! He is nothing like the false effeminate Christ of so many.
The bride is overcome by her passionate love and is faint before her espoused Husband.
6:4 Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners.
6:5 Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me: thy hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead.
Jesus Christ is a Mighty One and his glory is to bear much fruit of righteousness!
It is to our shame to turn aside from passionate love for him and God’s Word, into a false cult of permissiveness regarding the Word of God; preferring to stand on our own false traditions.
6:6 Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the washing, whereof every one beareth twins, and there is not one barren among them.
6:7 As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks.
Solomon had many virgins and queen’s; but only ONE Ekklesia is espoused as the bride of Christ who ARE unshakably loyal and passionately faithful; who will be resurrected to eternal life and wedded to Jesus Christ as a part of the collective spiritual bride of the Lamb of God!
6:8 There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number.
The true and enthusiastically passionate Ekklesia is undefiled by false religious teachings and the false traditions of men. She is absolutely faithfully loyal to her Lord and is the choicest righteous among women because of her dedication to her espoused Husband. She is so focused on her espoused Husband that it would not even occur to her to look aside!
Nothing can separate the bride from the love of Christ except spiritual adultery, idolatry and our own sin. Those of the true loyal Ekklesia would never allow any man, tradition, corporate entity or anything else, even the threat of death itself; to come between themselves and their Lord.
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Christ speaks of his beloved bride: When Christ comes with his Bride to establish his Kingdom, all the earth shall submit to them!
Song of Songs 6:9 My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.
6:10 Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?
Christ goes down to the garden of the earth to see its spiritual fruits
6:11 I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished and the pomegranates budded.
The Husband saw the righteousness of his beloved faithful and his heart began to race with excitement and longing.
6:12 Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib.
The beloved bride is worth more than two armies because her dedicated righteousness will ultimately bring many others to repentance.
The Beloved one is to be an example of righteousness for all peoples!
6:13 Return, return, O Shulamite [Beloved one]; return, return, that we may look upon thee. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies.
The true love of God is to do his will as contained in his Word; to be ONE in complete unity with our Lord! Doing as HE teaches, and NOT standing on the traditions of men or any other in spiritual adultery.
We are to flee from the false love of compromising with the ways of our master and we are to condemn all sin and rebuke the sinner, NOT coddling those who willfully sin.
We are to be DOERS and teachers of the righteousness of the Mighty One who drove the sinful OUT of his Father’s house! We are NOT to teach situation ethics and permissiveness concerning the Way of Salvation and Eternal Life; thereby causing many to stumble and sin, losing their crowns of life. For all unrepentant sinners shall surely die.
Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin [by repentance and the sacrifice of Christ], and become servants to God [doing as Christ teaches and commands], ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through [faithfulness to] Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Husband delights in his bride, and she delights in her Husband. He describes her as his ideal of perfect beauty. The perfect physical beauty is an allegory of spiritual perfection. Jesus Christ loves his bride; she is his delight and chief pleasure; the gift of his Father.
The bride is perfect in spiritual beauty and the delight of her Husband; She has become [perfect spiritually] like a perfect physical bride.
Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness [faithfully living by every Word of God] of saints.
The Song of Songs 7
The following words of physical praise need to be understood as an allegory of how beautiful the Husband considers the spiritual bride who has been perfected through diligently learning and living by every Word of God.
Song of Songs 7:1 How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince’s daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman.
7:2 Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.
7:3 Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins.
7:4 Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.
7:5 Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king [like the King wears on his throne] is held in the galleries.
The breasts being symbolic fountains of the milk of the Word, each breast is like a large cluster of grapes.
7:6 How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights! 7:7 This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.
The palm is a symbol of royalty; and the bride is graceful, poised and wise, the Queen of the Kingdom of God.
Like a most beautiful physical bride, the collective spiritual bride who has removed every spot and wrinkle of uncleanness and sin; is spiritually beautiful: And her works of the righteousness of the Word of God are a sweet perfume to the Eternal!
7:8 I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples;
As the mouth and lips of a comely woman are beautiful; much more are the mouth and lips of these who are faithful to and speak the righteousness and teach the whole Word of God!
7:9 And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.
The bride, the called out Spiritual Ekklesia responds that she is ONE with her Husband: She knows that HE loves her and that she loves HIM and all his ways!
7:10 I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.
The bride walks with her husband and follows him whithersoever he goeth. This speaks of the bride ruling with her Husband in the garden of the earth; the millennial Kingdom when all the earth will bring forth abundant physical and spiritual fruit.
7:11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages.
7:12 Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves.
7:13 The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.
The bride desires her beloved to be always with her. She longs to be continually in his presence. This speaks of the longing of the spiritual bride to be totally and always ONE in spirit with Jesus Christ her Husband.
The Song of Songs 8
Song of Songs 8:1 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.
8:2 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.
8:3 His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me. 8:4 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.
Who is brought out of the spiritual wilderness by her Lord? The beloved faithful bride of Christ!
8:5 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.
The bride says to her Husband: seal me up in your heart and keep me there forever, for the bride burns with passionate zeal for Christ.
8:6 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.
True passionate love cannot be bought. It is from the heart. It is the kind of love that Christ has for his bride, and that his faithful over-coming bride has for Christ! The Husband gave his life for the bride; and the Bride gives her all for her Husband! NOTHING can quench their love!
8:7 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.
The bride is spoken of as a youth who is Called Out to the Husband and must needs mature before she can be taken to wife. This speaks physically and also spiritually, that we must spiritually grow into the perfect bride by internalizing and keeping the whole Word of God!
8:8 We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts [yet being young]: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?
8:9 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 [fragrant] cedar.
The Ekklesia is as a child in the faith, needing to grow in understanding and truth; when she is mature and ready for her wedding.
Then she shall be perfectly spiritually developed and ready to produce much fruit as she assists her Husband Jesus Christ in ruling the nations and teaching them the ways of God; with Satan absent and the Spirit of God poured out on all flesh. (Joel 2:28)
Those faithful who have been perfected to receive their responsibility of helping to bring all nations into the body, will find favor and be chosen for the marriage of the Lamb.
The bride finds favor by being zealously passionately loyal, never looking aside from the Word of God; and faithful to live by every Word of God to please her Husband in all things.
Breasts are symbolic of the pouring out of the milk of the Word of God, copiously spiritually nourishing all peoples with the Word of God.
8:10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.
The bride acknowledges that all she has is his!
8:11 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.
8:12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.
The companions [angels] of Christ hear his voice: The bride also seeks to hear his voice and to do his will!
She seeks him and his presence, she seeks to be spiritually ONE with her Husband Jesus Christ; always hearing his voice and doing his will forever, and ever, and ever!
Those who dwell in the earth [the gardens] shall hear the voice of the Bridegroom and the Bride; when they rule the earth and lead all people to Salvation!
8:13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.
Come to me my Beloved Husband, says the bride; run to me as the deer leap upon the hills;
8:14 Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.
May the Marriage of the Lamb come quickly
Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen