Dave Burnette's Commentary

Song of Solomon Chapter 4

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Solomon
Date Penned: (971-931 BC)
Overview: The Love Between the Bride and the Bridegroom (c 1-8)
Theme: Memories of Engagement (c 4)
Message: Seeking the Bride (v 1-16)

Song of Solomon 4 Commentary 

(4:1-7) Feelings of Love - We feel like awkward onlookers when we read this intensely private and intimate exchange. In the ecstasy of their love, the lovers praise each other using beautiful imagery. Their words may seem strange to readers from a different culture, but their intense feelings of love and admiration are universal. Communicating love and expressing admiration in both words and actions can enhance every marriage for life and enable couples to experience the deepest possible joy and sexual intimacy. 

(4:12) Virginity - In comparing his bride to an enclosed garden, Solomon was praising her virginity. Virginity, considered old-fashioned by many in today's culture, has always been God's plan for unmarried people--and with good reason. Sex without marriage is cheap, lacks sacred intimacy, and destroys trust. It cannot compare with the peace, security, and trust of giving yourself completely to the one who is totally committed to you in marriage. 

(4:15) Refreshing - Solomon's bride was as refreshing to him as a garden fountain or mountain stream. Could your spouse say the same about you? Sometimes the familiarity that comes with marriage causes us to forget the overwhelming feelings of love and refreshment we shared at the beginning. Many marriages could use a course in "refreshing." Do you refresh your spouse, or are you a burden of complaints, sorrows, and problems? Partners in marriage should continually work at refreshing each other with things like an encouraging word, an unexpected gift, a change of pace, a surprise call or note, or even withholding discussions of certain problems until the proper time. Your spouse needs you to be a haven of refreshment because the rest of the world usually isn't.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Biblical Intimacy

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Song of Solomon with Chapter 4. In our text today, we see the intimate details of 2 who are married expressing their love as they come together in Holy Matrimony. In making the Application, we see another parity between Christ and the Church. Still, in keeping with our theme, in the last few days, we have seen a pattern for Biblical Intimacy as two people who are in love and married enjoy the physical union of Marriage. Today, many revert to that which God has made and ordained, but His Ways are the best. How about you? Do you see God's Plan for Biblical Intimacy? Let us learn from our text today that God has a plan for our Marital Intimacy, which falls in the Biblical context of Marriage.


Song of Solomon 4

Song of Solomon 4

 1Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.

 2Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them.

 3Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.

 4Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.

 5Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies.

 6Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.

 7Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.

 8Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards.

 9Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.

 10How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!

 11Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.

 12A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

 13Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard,

 14Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:

 15A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.

 16Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.