THE SONG OF SOLOMON
The book describes the love and marriage of Solomon the author called “the beloved” and a country maiden called ”The Shulamite.” It consists entirely of speeches, chiefly by the Shulamite and Solomon. Because it’s an ancient Oriental poetry, it differs widely from the way a devout present-day writer might present the same basic ideas. It depicts the beauty of a pure love between man and woman, which ripens into an undying mutual devotion.
The basic message is the purity and sacredness of love and marriage- a message much needed in our day of broken marriage vows and easy divorces.
At the same time the song reminds us that at the back of all pure human love isthe greatest deepest love of all, the love God who gave His son to redeem sinners and the love of the son of God who suffered and died for His bride, the church. The song is not an allegory nor a type but a parable of the divine love which is the background and source of all true human
THE OUTLINE OF THE BOOK OF THE SONG OF SOLOMON
THE TITLE OF THE BOOK- CHAPTER 1;1
THE SHULAMITE AND HER BELOVED, DELIGHT IN EACH OTHER-CHAPTER 1:2-2:7
The Shulamite longs for her beloved-Chapter 1: 2-3
They meet and converse, expressing their mutual affections Chapter 1:4-2:6
Refrain address to daughters of Jerusalem- Chapter 2:7
Deepening Love of the Shulamite and her beloved-Chapter 2:8-3:5
She is delighted by his visit and invitation-Chapter 2:8-17
The Shulamite’s dream 3:1-4
Refrain Address to daughters of Jerusalem-Chapter 3:5
SOLEMNIZATION OF THEIR MARRIAGE-CHAPTER 3:6-5:1
Description of the Bridal procession-Chapter 3:6-11
The Bridegroom sings the Praise of the Bride-Chapter 4:1-15
Anticipation of the delight of Married love-Chapter 4:16-51.
TEMPORARY ABSENCE FOLLOWED BY HAPPY REUNION CHAPTER 5:2-8:4
The Shulamite’s Second Dream-Chapter 5:2-8
Praising him to others she claims Him as her own-Chapter 5:9-6:3
The Bridegroom, praise the Bride’s loveliness-Chapter 6:4-10
The Shulamite’s experience in the nut orchard-Chapter 6:11-13
He praises her Beauty, she voice passionate devotion-Chapter 7:1-8:3.
Refrain address to daughters of Jerusalem-Chapter 8:4.
THE BRIDEGROOM AND THE BRIDE CONVERSE OF THEIR UNQUENCHABLE LOVE-CHAPTER 8: 5-14
The invincible power of Love-Chapter 8:5-7
Recalling her Brother’s word, she asserts her virtue-Chapter 8:8-12
Mutual fare-wells in hope of speedy reunion-Chapter 8:13-14