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The Song of Soloman
Solomon refers to his new wife by name.

The Song of Soloman

The Song of Soloman is about a marriage.

The twenty-second book in the Bible is the Song of Solomon, also known as the Song of Songs. It is the last of the three books to be written by Solomon, the others being the Book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. In the book Solomon is a young man who writes of his love for a beautiful country girl who he marries. The song shows us the conversation between an ordinary Jewish girl and her love, the King of Israel. Many have likened Solomon's love for his bride to Jesus' love of His bride - the church.

All quotations from the Bible are taken from the Authorised King James Version.
The Song of Solomon opens at the wedding banquet where the bride tells us how much she loves her groom. She tells us that his love is better than what?
Better than gold
Better than wine
Better than sleep
Better than food
Clearly in love, the girl is full of joy at her wedding.

Song of Solomon 1:2-4
"Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth:
for thy love is better than wine.
Because of the savour of thy good ointments
thy name is as ointment poured forth,
therefore do the virgins love thee.
Draw me, we will run after thee:
the king hath brought me into his chambers:
we will be glad and rejoice in thee,
we will remember thy love more than wine:
the upright love thee"
King Solomon replies to his bride and tells her that she has the eyes of which animal?
The eyes of a doe
The eyes of a puppy
The eyes of a rabbit
The eyes of a dove
Solomon is also in love and he tells his bride how beautiful she is as they lie ouside.

Song of Solomon 1:14-17
"My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of En-gedi.
Behold, thou art fair, my love;
behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes.
Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant:
also our bed is green.
The beams of our house are cedar,
and our rafters of fir"
In chapter two of the Song, the bride recalls a past visit from her groom at the beginning of which season?
Easter, when Jesus rose from the dead, is in springtime. Spring is a symbol of beginnings and the bride is recalling the beginnings of their love.

Song of Solomon 2:8-13
"The voice of my beloved!
behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains,
skipping upon the hills.
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.
My beloved spake, and said unto 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 the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
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 Song of Solomon, as well as the bride and groom, contains verses sung by a chorus of girls. By what name is this chorus known?
The Sisters of the Bride
The Bridesmaids
The Daughters of Jerusalem
The Singers
In one verse the bride speaks to them and asks them not to wake her groom.

Song of Solomon 3:5
"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"
When Solomon arrived at his wedding he was guarded by how many soldiers?
He was guarded by 30 soldiers
He was guarded by 60 soldiers
He was guarded by 120 soldiers
He was guarded by 240 soldiers
Song of Solomon 3:6-8
"Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke,
perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,
with all powders of the merchant?
Behold his bed, which is Solomon’s;
threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel.
They all hold swords, being expert in war:
every man hath his sword upon his thigh
because of fear in the night."

We are also told of the chariot Solomon is riding. It is made from Lebanese wood with silver posts, a gold canopy and purple seats. Purple was a very expensive dye in those days
What does the bride ask to come into her garden for the pleasure of Solomon?
The sun
The rains
The stars
The winds
She asks the winds to spread the scent of her garden into the air for her love to smell.

Song of Solomon 4:16
"Awake, 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"
After the marriage Solomon could not be found by his bride. She searched for him and met guardsmen. What did the guardsmen do to her?
They helped her in her search
They took her back home
They struck and wounded her
They gave her warm clothes
After this experience the bride was, understandably, fed up with love.

Song of Solomon 5:6-8
"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 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.
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved,
that ye tell him, that I am sick of love"
Solomon refers to his new wife by name. What does he call her?
Song of Solomon 6:13
"Return, 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."

A Shulamite is someone from Shulem. We don't know for sure who Solomon's bride was but she may have been Abishag, a Shulamite mentioned in the First Book of Kings
After the couple have made up Solomon again praises his wife's beauty. He compares her neck to a tower made of which precious material?
He is obviously still in love with his wife!

Song of Solomon 7:1-6
"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.
Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor:
thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.
Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins.
Thy neck is as a tower of ivory;
thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim:
thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.
Thine head upon thee is like Carmel,
and the hair of thine head like purple;
the king is held in the galleries.
How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!"
The Song of Solomon ends with his wife urging Solomon to hurry to her. She asks him to be as fast as which animal?
A cheetah
A hare
A deer
A whippet
Song of Solomon 8:13-14
"Thou that dwellest in the gardens,
the companions hearken to thy voice:
cause me to hear it.
Make haste, my beloved,
and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart
upon the mountains of spices."

A happy ending to a beautiful song


Author:  Graeme Haw

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