Dave Burnette's Commentary

Song of Solomon Chapter 5

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: A Troubling Dream (c 5)
Message: Seeking a Beloved (v 1-16)

Song of Solomon 5 Commentary 

(5:1) A Growing Marriage - This new section tells how the couple's marriage grew and matured in spite of their problems. Some time had passed since the wedding, and the young woman felt as though some indifference had developed in their relationship. She had become cool to her husband's advances, and by the time she changed her mind and decided to respond to him, he had become distracted by other things. Her self-centeredness and impatience, though brief, caused separation. But she quickly moved to correct the problem by searching for her husband (5:6-8). 

(5:2-8) Losing a Spark - With the passing of time and the routine of familiarity, a marriage can begin to lose its initial sparkle. Glances and touches no longer produce the same emotional response. Conflicts and pressures may creep in, causing you to lose your tenderness toward your spouse. The world is not a haven for lovers; in fact, external stress often works against marriages. But spouses can learn to be havens for each other. If intimacy and passion decline, remember that they can be renewed and regenerated. If you find yourself in this place with your husband or wife, take time to remember those first thrills, the excitement of sex, your spouse's strengths, and the commitment you made. When you focus on the positives, reconciliation and renewal can result. 

(5:7) Searching - For the second time in this story, the young woman searches for her lover (3:1-2). She was alone outside during the night. In Old Testament times, she would have been looked upon as a criminal or a prostitute and treated as such. The image in this verse symbolizes the pain she felt at being separated from her lover. Longing for love can lead us to take risks we would not ordinarily take, like entering into dangerous situations. When you find yourself desperate for love, stop and consider whether your behavior is appropriately matched by the object of your affection. 

(5:16) A Friend - The young woman calls Solomon her friend. In a healthy marriage, lovers are also good friends. Too often people begin marriage with the exciting feelings of love and passion before they take the time to develop deep friendship. This involves listening, sharing, and showing understanding for the other's likes and dislikes. Stay open to your spouse. Both of you are always changing in little ways. Contented companionship takes time, but it makes marriage much deeper and far more satisfying.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Biblical Lasting Love

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 5. In our text today, we see the continuation of the story of Biblical love and the parity of Christ and the Church. Today's theme is a lasting love that grows despite circumstances. Through the struggles, the couple and the Church grow closer to God. In making application, we see that our relationships grow closer and deeper as we put God first, waking through the struggles of life and relationships. How about you? Do you put God first in all you do? Let us learn from our text today that Biblical lasting love grows despite struggles and circumstances as we put God first, allowing Him to knit our hearts together as He brings us through our circumstances.


Song of Solomon 5

Song of Solomon 5

 1I am come into my garden, my sister, 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.

 2I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.

 3I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?

 4My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.

 5I 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.

 6I 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.

 7The 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.

 8I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.

 9What 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?

 10My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.

 11His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.

 12His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.

 13His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.

 14His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.

 15His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.

 16His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.