Dave Burnette's Commentary

Song of Solomon Chapter 6

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: Praising the Bride's Beauty (c 6)
Message: A Beautiful Bride (v 1-13)

Song of Solomon 6 Commentary 

(6:3) A complete Union - The young woman said that she and her lover belonged to each other--they had given themselves to each other unreservedly. No matter how close we may be to our parents or our best friends, only in marriage can we realize the complete union of mind, heart, and body. 

(6:4) Tirzah - Tirzah was a city about 35 miles northeast of Jerusalem. Its name means "pleasure" or "beauty." Jeroboam made Tirzah the first capital of the divided northern kingdom (1 Kings 14:17). The fact that the young woman was "terrible as an army with banners" meant that she had awe-inspiring beauty--like a mighty army preparing for battle. 

(6:8-9) Avoiding Complacency - Solomon did indeed have many queens (wives) and concubines (1 Kings 11:3). Polygamy is not condoned in the Bible, though it was common in ancient cultures. Solomon said that his love for this woman had not diminished since their wedding night, even though many other women were available to him. Part of a vibrant, intimate marriage involves avoiding being complacent and instead remaining intentionally faithful to your spouse, even when the years are long and hard.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

A Biblical Maturing Marriage

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 6. In our text today, we see Solomon praising the bride's beauty as his lasting love grows into a deeper appreciation of the bride as he sees more in her for who she is, His Bride. In applying, we see a Biblical picture of a maturing marriage as the groom and bride appreciate every aspect of their mate. Each enjoys their imperfections as they understand their struggles and grow closer to Christ. How about you? Do you see your mate's imperfections as beauty? Let us learn from our text today that a maturing, lasting love allows us to see our mate's imperfections as beauty as we grow closer to Christ.


Song of Solomon 6

Song of Solomon 6

 1Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee.

 2My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

 3I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.

 4Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners.

 5Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me: thy hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead.

 6Thy 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.

 7As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks.

 8There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number.

 9My 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.

 10Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?

 11I 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.

 12Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib.

 13Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon thee. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies.