Out of the six times that the word is used, four occur in this book, the other two being Proverbs 25:11—“apple of gold”—Joel 1:12, where it is joined with vine, fig, &c, as suffering from drought. Bucolic. This, in the warmth of his affection, he denies, insisting that she as much surpasses all other maidens as the flower of the lily does the bramble, Song of Solomon 2:2. In the text she describes Christ as the apple tree, and gives her reason for so calling Him--“I sat down under His shadow with great delight, and His fruit was sweet to my taste.” Experience must be the ground upon which we found our descriptions. It was also surrounded by sin. The Song of Solomon - Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries - G. Lloyd Carr) Solomon - 7x/7v = Song 1:1, 5; 3:7, 9, 11; 8:11-12. . Jesus Christ interposes the shadow of His cross between the blazing rays of justice and us sinners. The requirements to be satisfied are (1) grateful shade, Song of Solomon 2:3; (2) agreeable taste, Song of Solomon 2:3-5; (3) sweet perfume, Song of Solomon 7:8; (4) golden appearance, Proverbs 25:11. Scorched souls can find no shelter nor refreshing shadow among the creatures; but only by coming to the spiritual apple tree, who is the Lord Jesus Christ. Where were the justice of the Most High to punish an immaculate, Substitute, and then punish men for whom that Substitute endured His wrath I This is the cool, calm, holy shadow under which we abide. I have seen just lately instances in which branches are curiously interlaced with one another; the beech sends forth a long drooping bough, and lest it should not be able to support itself, another bough strikes up from below to buttress it, or descends from above and clasps it, and the boughs actually grow into one another. 1:9 "like my mare" - at that time in the Orient the horse was not a beast of burden, but the cherished companion of kings. The Saviour is found in a manger at Bethlehem, in a carpenter’s shop at Nazareth; amongst the poor and needy is He seen while He sojourns amongst the sons of men. These feed upon that now that they must, without repentance, digest in hell; (c) there will be bitterness in the end. He is a lily of the valleys, or low places, in his humiliation, exposed to injury. Ease is sweet to the burdened soul, and none seek rest in Christ to any purpose, but those that feel the load of their own sins (Matthew 11:28). BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. Show what it is to sit down under Christ’s shadow. "Lenta salix", &c. Eclog. sweetly cool, refresh, and comfort him. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 2:3". [Psalms 91:1 Isaiah 25:4] Tua praesentia, Domine Laurentio ipsam craticulam dulcem fecit, saith an ancient. Christ’s fruit relisheth well with those who, by faith, sit down under His shadow. You look up at it and think what a puny creature you are, and how brief has been your life compared with its duration. 1. v. 26. It is His chief work, His masterpiece, His last and greatest conception; and of it all, Christ is “the Alpha and Omega, the beginning, the ending, the first and the last.” It is His operation, His fruit, that which here we may find most delectable, which through eternity we shall feast upon and find sweet to our taste. and there is none upon earth I desire beside thee. God’s goodness is exceeding great and large; yet this good God hath His wrath, which is set forth to us by the notions of a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29), and a burning oven (Malachi 4:1). One thing more is to be noted: the spouse, when she had begun to enjoy the provision and the shade, and had sat down under it as if she intended to say, “I never mean to leave this place; in this delicious shadow I mean to repose for ever,” then she also began to tell of it to others. I sat down under his shadow with great delight.] The quince, the citron, the apple, and the apricot have each had their advocates. Then Solomon again speaks about her own beauties in Song of Solomon 6:4-7:9. Whereas they that, by sucking those full strutting breasts of consolation, the promises, have "tasted and seen how good the Lord Christ is," as their souls are satisfied with fat things, full of marrow, with the very best of the best, [Isaiah 25:6] so he shall make them to "drink abundantly of the river of his pleasures," [Psalms 36:8] he shall take them into his wine cellar and fill them with gladness. I sat down under his shadow - I am become his spouse, and my union with him makes me indescribably happy. Evidently, the love-sick maiden had not eaten properly during the period of her separation (due to the king's bringing her into his harem). All other rights reserved. l. 3. c. 7. p. 83. This song is one of 1,005 that Solomon wrote (1 Kings 4:32). It is possible that Solomon himself wrote the Song. A bystander said: "I don't see all those colors down there"! There is some comfort, therefore, in thinking that He grows among the trees Of the wood. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". Masculine. Don’t you like how this starts! We entertain black thoughts of the ways of God, as if religion were a sour thing, and there were no pleasure and delight for those that submit to it. The apple tree has been Many things called ancient are but clever counterfeits, or wherein they are true they are but the bones and the carcases of that which once was good when life filled it with energy and power. BibliographyBenson, Joseph. Date of Writing: Solomon most likely wrote this song during the early part of his reign. (Song of Solomon 2:5-6). As the apple-tree — Whose fruit is very pleasant and wholesome; among the trees of the wood — Which are barren. Christ is cornucopia, a universal good, all-sufficient and satisfactory, proportionable, and every way fitting to our necessities. The wrath of the living God is a dreadful thing, which consumeth and drieth up all, without recovery, unless we get a shelter from it. So we can see that Solomon is still a young man in this Song. F16 advised the bride to eat a quince And is it not a strange thing that a Saviour should be found for us among men--not among angels? “He made His grave with the wicked.” Now, there is some thing very sweet about this, because a wood is the very place where we most love to find Christ growing. beloved among the sons Hist. SolonF16Plutarch. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. When was Solomon's palace ever called "a banqueting house."? This is singular indeed! He feeds his flock among the lilies.” From this understanding, the Song of Solomon is about a young woman choosing between her … Kings, emperors, dynasties, mighty forms of government, have risen and decayed, apparently subject only to natural laws of progress and dissolution. Man lost the tree of life, (Genesis 3:1-24.) Spurgeon.). II. 1857. That virtue had no external support from custom, habit, friendly countenance. Great, however, as it is, it cannot help you: if it were a thousand times higher, and its topmost boughs swept the stars, yet it could minister no aid to you. "Sitting" here supposes it was her choice; that she preferred Christ to any other shadow, looking upon him to be a suitable one in her circumstances, Song of Solomon 1:6; it intimates that peace, quietness, satisfaction, and security, she enjoyed under him; it denotes her continuance, and desire of abiding there, Psalm 91:1; for the words may be rendered, "I desired, and I sat down"F15חמדתי וישבתי "concupivi, et sedi", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Marckius. I scarcely know, if antiquity and novelty should run a race for popular favour, which might win. All the sons of Adam in general may be meant; wicked men, who are like forest trees, wild, barren, and unfruitful; yea, even good men, Christ has the pre-eminence of them, the sons of God by adopting grace; for he is so in such a sense they are not; he is their Creator, Lord, Head, Husband, and Saviour, and they have all their fruit from him; and so ministers of the word have their gifts and grace from him, and therefore Christ excels all that come under this appellation of sons. The artist looked at him sadly, and said: "Don't you wish you could"? And how He did resist! in Aristoph. He drank the cup of wrath from the brim to the bottom. verse 3: …Your name is like purified oil; therefore the maidens love you. 1871-8. 546.) other with its fruit; to which the allusion may be; see ( https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/song-of-solomon-2.html. Now, what these fruits are; in the general, we may tell you, all that is worth the having; we have from Jesus Christ: all the blessings of this present life, and of the world to come. The prophet gives a blessed account of the Lord in similar representations; Isaiah 25:4-5. and so again, Isaiah 32:2. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 2:3". There be divine comforts that are felt by the suffering saints that others taste not of, nor themselves neither at other times. There are many trees of the forest, and they all have their uses, but when one is hungry, and faint, and thirsty, the forest trees yield no succour, and we must look elsewhere: they yield shelter, but not refreshing nutriment. Besides the attractive goodness of the object, there is inclination in their own souls to it. My flesh and my heart fail, but thou art the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Here is fruit. Here is an invitation to draw us to Christ. He combines the shadow and fragrance of the citron with the sweetness of the orange and pomegranate fruit. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. O taste and see I You will find enough in Christ to spoil the gust and relish of all other pleasures. Song of Solomon 2:3. Therefore, I will not post the entire text of all 8 chapters. The song begins with the female speaker expressing her longing for a passionate kiss from the one she loves. 4. It is wonderful, comfortable, and filleth their hearts in a satisfying manner, when they can have any experience of God’s love in Christ, in the Word, or meditation, or prayer, or sacraments (Psalms 63:6). "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". 2. their Creator, and the object of their worship; they are It was far less favour ably circumstanced than ours. As the apple tree among the trees, &c.] Among wild trees, moss begrown trees, trees that bring not forth food for men, but mast for hogs. One of the names by which prophecy foretold the Messiah was “Emmanuel, God with us.” One of the expressions by which the apostle declares the purport of His work, is in the corresponding sentiment, “He was made sin for us.” What tongue can express, what imagination conceive, the grandeur of this work I It spans eternity, past and to come. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". These are sweet unto a believer’s taste. 1905. Humble souls see most beauty in him. I sat down (says she) under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. Among the sons - parallel to "among the daughters." especially it appears so when laden with choice fruit; so the But what saith our Saviour; John 15:2, "Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh away"; and "without me ye can do nothing." l. 17. c. 12. observes, is harmful to plants that grow under them, others are fructifying; and such is Christ; "they that dwell under his shadow shall revive and grow", &c. Hosea 14:7. There are some things which are so old as to be rotten, worm-eaten, and fit only to be put away. The church sick of love; her prayer for help, Song of Solomon 2:5. What wondrous inter lacings, and intertwinings, and gnarlings, and knottings!” Yes, but if a man were hungry and thirsty, he would not be satisfied with curiosities. The Saviour has been guiding all. BibliographyKeil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. 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