Song of Solomon 1

Those who are full of Christ earnestly desire the manifestations of His love to their souls,
with humble professions of love to Him and complacency in Him above all.

1 The song of songs, which is Solomon’s.

2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.

3 Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.

4 Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

5 I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.

6 Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.

7 Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?

8 ¶ If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds’ tents.

9 I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh’s chariots.

10 Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold.

11 We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.

12 ¶ While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.

13 A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.

14 My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of En-gedi.

15 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes.

16 Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.

17 The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.

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2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy ________ is better than ________.

4 ________ me, we will ______  __________ thee: the ________ hath ______________ me into his ________________: we will be ________ and ______________ in thee, we will ________________ thy love more than wine: the ______________ love thee.

Song of Solomon 1:4—The king hath brought me into his chambers.

   We cannot force an entrance into the inner chambers of the love of God. They remind one of the apartments which are reserved for the personal use of the sovereign, and are private from the foot of strangers. All the world is welcome to the State apartments; but only the favoured few to the inner sanctuary. So it is with the love of God. It is open to all the world; but its secret is hidden from the wise and prudent, and revealed to babes.
   It is pleasant to think of the chambers of the King opening one from the other in a long and glorious succession, and to imagine each inscribed with its text and adorned with characteristic emblems. The Chamber of Regeneration leading to Assurance; and this to Consecration; and this to the Enduement of the Holy Spirit; and this to the Quiet Heart; and this to a Life of Victory; and this to Abiding Fellowship. Each is a distinct phase of the Christian life; and from one to another the King leads the obedient and loving disciple. At each advance the chambers become more magnificent and delightful, until the last one opens out upon a terrace which looks across the brief space to the City of God.
   Will you let the King do this? Then you must begin by enthroning Him in your heart and obeying Him in your life. You must keep his words, that He may manifest Himself unto you, as He does not unto the world. Then indeed we shall be glad, and rejoice, and make mention of his love. What if the beauty of our surroundings makes us cry out that we are black as the tents of Kedar! He knew it all before, and will not love us less; nay, He will array us in his own comeliness. – Our Daily Homily