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Songs 4

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 1 Behold, you are fair, my love; behold, you are fair. You have doves' eyes within your locks; your hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.

 2 Your teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn that came up from the washing in pairs, and none is missing among them.

 3 Your lips are like a thread of scarlet, and your speech is comely; your cheeks are like halves of pomegranates within your locks behind your veil.

 4 Your neck is like the tower of David built for an armory, in which hangs a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.

 5 Your two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies.

 6 Until the day breaks, and the shadows flee away, I will go to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.

 7 You are all fair, my love; there is no spot in you.1

 8 Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon. Look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards.

 9 You have ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse2; you have ravished my heart with one of your eyes, with one chain of your neck.

 10 How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! How much better is your love than wine; and the smell of your ointments than all spices!

 11 Your lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under your tongue; and the smell of your garments is like the smell of Lebanon.

 12 A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

 13 Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphor, with spikenard,

 14 Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:

 15 A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.

 16 Awake, O north wind; and come, you south; blow upon my garden, that the spices of it may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.

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1 there is no spot in you. This is Solomon's description of the bride of Christ, His church. It must be perfect, pure, spotless, and holy before Christ can join to it in the marriage of the lamb. Every member in it must be perfect, pure, and spotless. For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness. 1 Thes 4:7. Without holiness, no one will see the Lord. Heb 12:14. Jesus said, 'I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.' John 8:34.

2 You have ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse. Most commentators consider this song to be very sexual in content and meaning; however, consider that the shepherd calls his woman both a spouse and a sister. For the shepherd to describe his love for a sister and a spouse suggests a godly love that is beyond sexual. I remember when I heard this definition of love: "love is giving with no expectation of return." Paul's definition is: "Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking." These definitions preclude a motivation of receiving sexual pleasure, which is nothing more than lust of the flesh. So, I would humbly suggest that while there is great admiration by God or Christ of his bride's beauty, there is zero intention of using his bride to satisfy a fleshly lust because God has no lust.

For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice; that each one of you should know how to possess (control, manage) his own body in consecration (purity, separated from things profane) and honor; Not in the passion of lust like the heathen, who are ignorant of the true God and have no knowledge of His will. 1 Thes 4:3-5


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