The Song of Songs
The Song of Songs (meaning ‘the greatest of songs’) is a series of six love poems or ‘songs’ shared by a man and a woman. In the opening verse of the Hebrew text, the songs are attributed to Solomon (c.970-930BC), so the book is sometimes called the 'Song of Solomon'. But it may well have been written later.
The Songs can be interpreted in different ways:
Literally - The songs may simply be an expression of human love in a beautiful courtship.
Scholars have discussed these interpretations for centuries, starting well before Jesus was born. Today, the poems may be read as a picture of God’s loving relationship with all his people, or as a practical guide to courtship and marriage.
The Song of Songs is a series of love poems shared by a couple. (Bill Branson)
Song 1 (Songs 1:1 – 2:7)
Songs 1:2 The woman: “Kiss me with the kisses of your mouth because your love is better than wine.”
Songs 1:6 The woman: “Don’t look at how dark I am, at how the sun has made me.”
Songs 1:9 The man: “My darling, you are like a mare among the king's stallions.”
Songs 1:14 The woman: “My lover is like a bunch of flowers from the vineyards at En Gedi.”
Valley of the Goats at En Gedi ( Ziko van Dijk )
Songs 2:1 The woman: “I am a rose in the Plain of Sharon, a lily in the valleys.”
Songs 2:4 The woman: “He brought me to the banqueting room and the banner over me is love.”
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