The Five Scrolls. Collection of Five Scrolls. Songs of Songs. This Song of Solomon’s is very much unlike the songs of his father David. . Song of Songs 4:1, 3, 5.
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The Five Scrolls
This Song of Solomon’s is very much unlike the songs of his father David.
How beautiful you are, my love, how very beautiful!Your eyes are doves behind your veil.Your lips are like a crimson thread, and your mouth is lovely.Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate behind your veil. …Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle, that feed among the lilies.
The penman of this book was Jeremiah the prophet, who is here Jeremiah the poet, and prophet. Therefore this book is fitly adjoined to the book of his prophecy, and is as an appendix to it.
The occasion of these Lamentations was the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem by the Chaldean army.
Solomon, being brought to repentance, resolves, like his father, to teach transgressors God’s way (Ps. 51:13) and to give warning to all to take heed of splitting upon those rocks which had been fatal to him; and these were fruits meet for repentance. The fundamental error of the children of men, and that which is at the bottom of all their departures from God, is the same with that of our first parents, hoping to be as gods by entertaining themselves with that which seems good for food, pleasant to the eyes, and desirable to make one wise.
2Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
3What do people gain from all the toil at which they toil under the sun?
4A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains for ever.
"Vanity," in Ecclesiastes, and usually in Scripture, means, not foolish pride, but the emptiness in final result of all life apart from God. It is to be born, to toil, to suffer, to experience some transitory joy, which is as nothing in view of eternity, to leave it all, and to die. See Romans 8:20-22.
3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die;a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;a time to keep, and a time to throw away; 7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate;a time for war, and a time for peace.
Every purpose has its time. The clearest sky will be clouded, Post gaudia luctus—Joy succeeds sorrow; and the most clouded sky will clear up, Post nubila Phoebus—The sun will burst from behind the cloud.
We find in this book that even those Jews who were scattered in the provinces of the heathen were taken care of, as well as those who were gathered in the land of Judea, and were wonderfully preserved, when doomed to destruction and appointed as sheep for the slaughter. He saved them.
Song of Songs