The Analogy: The word <Behold> and the fact that this phrase is
repeated draws attention to the beauty of the Bride.  Would The
Messiah marry anyone but the most beautiful of brides?  And
certainly the beauty extends farther than just an external beauty,
for notice the mention of doves’ eyes.  The eye is the light or
understanding of the body.  This Bride has an excellent
understanding of what pleases her Groom and is very intelligent in
her relationship with Him.

15 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves'
eyes.  {my love: or, my companion}

The Bride:  

Behold, you are fair, my beloved, yes, you are delightful: our bed is green.

The Analogy: We see a mutual admiration and deep love for one
another.  The Groom recognizes the beauty (righteousness) of the
Bride and the Bride reciprocates with her love for Him by
expressing her joy or realization that He is handsome (righteous) as
well.  And His beauty and handsomeness results in the pleasantness
of peace and gladness.

Our bed is green denotes that the deepest of relationship between
the Bride and the Groom is verdant or green with vegetation or
covered with green growth.  The relationship is alive and vibrant
and growing at the deepest of levels.

16 Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.

The beams of our house are of cedar, and our boards are of fir.

The Analogy: Here is being discussed the house or dwelling place of
the Bride and Groom.  Beams of a house form the skeleton of the
superstructure and bear the weight of the walls and each floor of
the building.  Today we think of beams as only the horizontal under-
girding structure, but here I think that the entire skeleton of the
house is intended.  The Ten Commandments would be that
structure.  For the law is the foundation of God's house.  These
beams and girders are made of cedar, a very good smelling wood as
well as very endurable.  The law brings about a very sweet smelling
structure to our lives as well as an endurable one.  The boards or
that part of the structure which is <added> to the beams and
girders would be analogous to the statutes, ordinances, judgments,
testimonies and precepts that have been added to the law to make
it more meaningful to our lives.  All of these go to make a very
secure and glorious house for the Bride and Groom to live in.  The
boards are made of fir or cypress also a good smelling and
endurable wood, but not so much so as cedar.

Ps 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.  {forever: Heb. to length
of days}  

17 The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.  {rafters: or,
galleries}

                            Part 2

The Bride:

I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valley.

The Analogy: The Bride pictures herself as one flower among many
out in the open field of the valley and in need of protection from the
dangers that can come her way.  She is beautiful as a rose and as
pure as the white lily.  This denotes the beauty and purity of her
righteous character.

S of S 2:1  I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.

The Groom:

Like a lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

The Analogy: But, the Groom says, compared to other women, you
are a lily among thorns.  The other human beings were not trying to
live godly.  They were like thorns, but this one was pure of
character because she was doing what pleased the Groom.

2. As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

The Bride:

Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the
sons.  I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was
sweet to my taste.

The Analogy: As we can see, the Bride and the Groom are madly in
love with each other; and neither one will let the other out-do
him/her in putting forth words of praise for the other.  Here the
Bride comes back to the Groom with, “You are like an apple tree
among the trees of the forest.”  The apple tree bears much good
fruit for others.  Further, the Bride contrasts the Groom to the
trees of the forest or men of the world that only serve them selves
and don't bear fruit as a gift to others.

The Bride was delighted to sit under the shadow of the Apple Tree.  
Here she would have peace and quiet, a standard that gave her
stability, the security of the law of her beloved.  In the presence of
the Groom, she could be content, knowing that all good things come
from Him.

Ho 14:7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as
the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of
Lebanon.  {grow: or, blossom}  {scent: or, memorial}

And after coming under His shadow, she tasted of the fruit of His
way and came to see that it was sweet.  Her closeness to Him
brought great joy of life.  Good results came from His way of life.

Ps 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that
trusteth in him.  

3  As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the
sons.  I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was
sweet to my taste.  {I sat...: Heb.  I delighted and sat down, etc.}  {taste:
Heb. palate}

He brought me to the house of wine; and his banner (standard) of love was
over me.

The Analogy: Anytime we see the word <love> in this book, we
know that some reference is being made about the law.  In due
time, the Bride was brought to the banqueting house where much
wine was served.  The original for the word banqueting is <wine>.  
She had a table spread out before her of all sorts of good things to
eat with plenty of excellent wines.  This would be the entire word of
God from which we can feast.  And it is good to become intoxicated
on the word of God.  If we become addicted to the intoxication of
the word of God, we have arrived at the threshold of eternal life.  
The Groom had taken hold of the hand of the Bride and brought her
to the treasure house of His knowledge.

And what was the centerpiece in this house of intoxicating
knowledge?  It was His banner of love.  This is a direct reference to
the law, the standard of God.  We can never get very far from the
law or standard of God.  It is the great expression of God's love.  It
is the stabilizing force of the universe.  It is so great that the
Groom had to die in order to bring His Bride back to Him when she
had strayed away from that standard.

4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.  
{banqueting...: Heb. house of wine}

Sustain me with flagons of wine, refresh me with apples: for I am sick with
love.

The Analogy: After becoming addicted to the wine of God's word,
the Bride could not get enough.  She wanted whole flagons of wine
or more and more of the intoxicating knowledge that only He could
give her.  And she wanted to hear His promises as her Groom.  His
words of promises would be like apples of gold in pictures of silver.  
The promise of eternal life is very sweet.  For, she said, I am sick
with love.  She was so much in love with God's way and His
knowledge of life because she had become addicted to His way.

Pr 25:11  A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.  
{fitly...: Heb. spoken upon his wheels}

5. Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.  
{comfort...: Heb. straw me with apples}

His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me.

The Analogy: The closeness of the Groom is understood as He is
supporting the Bride with both the left hand and the right hand.  
The left hand could indicate physical needs and blessings given to
the Bride, while the right hand could indicate spiritual blessings
given to her.

6. His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me.

I charge you, O maidens of Jerusalem, by the hind and the roes of the field,
that you do not disturb our love - ever!

Here the Bride cautions her companions (maidens of Jerusalem)
that they do not in anyway disturb the love relationship that has
come to her and the Groom.  They are admonished to reflect on the
deer and the gazelles of the field which scripture tells us are the
loving hind and the pleasant roe.  They are to never do anything
that would awaken, disturb, or hinder this relationship.

Pr 5:19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy
thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.  {satisfy...:
Heb. water thee}  {be thou...: Heb. err thou always in her love}  

7 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of
the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.  {I charge...:
Heb.  I adjure you}

The Bride:

The voice of my beloved!  Behold, He comes, leaping upon the mountains,
and skipping over the hills.

The Analogy: The bride hears the voice of the Groom, even though
she cannot see Him.  There is no human or spiritual problem that
the Groom cannot take care of.  He hears from afar and comes to
our aid in sickness in financial troubles and in sorrow of the death of
loved ones.  And our spiritual sicknesses are not a problem for Him
either.  He has become our Justification and He helps us to become
loosed from the chains of sin.  He overcomes every obstacle for our
joy, and success.

8  The voice of my beloved!  Behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains,
skipping upon the hills.

My beloved is like a gazelle or a young deer: behold, he stands behind our
wall, he looks through the windows, he shows himself through the lattice.

The Analogy: The Groom is swift to our aid as a gazelle or young
deer.  He is full of beauty and grace of form because of His
righteousness.  At first we see Him from the distant wall that
surrounds our environment.  As we grow in our relationship to Him
we see Him looking, as it were through a window.  Later we see
Him with greater accuracy as He looks through the lattice.  We
strain to see Him from afar, we still cannot see all of Him as He
looks through the window, and even the lattice keeps us from
seeing Him completely, but we yearn to see more and more of Him
as our relationship grows.  And He is willing to show us more of
Himself if we yearn to see Him.  For He will not reveal Himself if
we do not care to see.

9. My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our
wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.  
{shewing...: Heb. flourishing}

The Groom: The first sentence of verse 10.  The Bride: The rest of
this section and until designated otherwise.

My beloved spoke and said to me, “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come
away; for lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.  The flowers
appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the
turtledove is heard in our land.  The fig tree puts forth its green figs; and the
vines with the blossoms of the grapes give a good smell.  Arise, my love, my
fair one, and come away.

I am treating these four verses together because they constitute
one thought.  The Groom’s admonition for the Bride to "Come
away," and His reasons why she should do so:

The Analogy: The Bride is here shown in a state of discouragement,
or despondency, perhaps even lethargy because of the trials, either
external or internal, that have come upon her.  The Groom begins
by saying Rise up for yourself and come away with me.  Come unto
Me, you who labor and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest.  
Words of endearment are used to show His tender love for the
Bride.  "My love" shows a Bride who is keeping the Ten
Commandments.  "My fair one" shows a Bride who is righteous.  
But, there are temporary setbacks that are hampering her and
causing her to turn inward.  The Groom is encouraging her to turn
outward and come out of her solitude and face the wonderful
creation of being a witness for Him: His creation for her.  She is not
to hide her light, but to come out for all to see and let her light shine
before all.

For look and see that the winter (storm or tempest) of your trials
are past, the rain of sorrow that came over you is gone.  The time
for being unfruitful is over; the time to begin producing fruit is upon
you.  It is time for the flowers, which give forth the beauty of
holiness and the fragrance of righteousness, to appear on the
earth.  It is time for singing the praises of God.  It is the time for
the voice of peace (turtledove) to be heard in our land.  

The fig tree puts forth her green figs, indicating that it is high time
that we are about our Father's business.  For even the summer is
about to burst upon us and still the Bride languishes, holding back
and will not come forth into the open to be the light she was meant
to be.

Even the vines with the blossoms of the grapes give a good smell
indicating that the time is growing later and later for the Bride to
arise and be fruitful.  The Bride still holds back and the Groom
emphasizes His urgency by once again admonishing the bride to
arise, and come away with Him.  

This call could be one to further righteousness, or to let our light
shine so that others may see our good works and glorify God and
even themselves be enticed to seek a different and better path to
conduct their lives.

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and
come away.
11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
13. The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender
grape give a good smell.  Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

The next two verses are a continuing admonition and
encouragement for the Bride to come out of her recluse and let her
light shine.

O my dove, you are in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the steep
mountain slopes.  Let me see you; let me hear your voice; for sweet is your
voice, and you are beautiful.  Catch the foxes, the little foxes that destroy the
vines: for our vines have on them the tender blossoms of grapes.

The Analogy: The Bride, here referred to as a dove because of her
peaceful nature, is still hiding in the shadow or recesses of the rock
or the Groom.  She is hiding in the secret places of the higher
ground of the mountain slopes.  Perhaps she has come from the
valley of despondency, but even though she is on higher ground she
remains hidden.  She is now in a good position to let her light shine
if she will just come out in the open.  So, the Groom encourages her
to come out where she can be seen and her voice can be heard.  He
asks her to do this for Him.  For what she has to say is sweet.  She
has a wonderful message to proclaim.  And she has the beauty of
righteousness.  She needs to come out in the open and let her light
shine.

But, there are still small problems nipping away trying to destroy
her connection to the vine, or the Groom.  She is admonished to
catch, seize or take hold of these problems and arrest them so they
will not hinder her growth and progress.  For it is all these little
problems, constantly nibbling away at her connection to the vine
that can eventually even destroy her relationship to Him.  And after
all, the Groom says, "The vines have the blossoms of grapes and we
would not want the harvest to be destroyed so early in the season."  
The Bride is admonished and encouraged to get hold of those things
that are holding her back and keeping her in the shadows.  For they
are threatening her ability to be fruitful and productive, either as
growth of righteousness in herself or for the benefit of others.

Another analogy of the foxes may be false teachers who are trying
to lead the bride astray.  Notice the following scripture.  This could
be an admonition to put away those false teachers that are
constantly nibbling away at the truth trying to destroy the Bride's
relationship with the Groom.  Foxes are crafty and subtle and
deceptive.  Not only are the foxes to be put away, but even the
little foxes, those who are just beginning to teach.  They are
showing their lack of understanding.  The term "little foxes" can
mean unimportant, insignificant teachers, so understood from an
erroneous perspective by the Bride.  

Eze 13:3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that
follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!  {follow: Heb. walk after}  
{and...: or, and things which they have not seen}
Eze 13:4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.

14  O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the
stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy
voice, and thy countenance is comely.
15. Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines: for our vines have
tender grapes.

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Song of Songs
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