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2018 November 20
Song of Solomon 6

The End of The Song: Tristan and Isolde (1902)
Edmund Leighton (1852-1922)
Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Style
Private Collection
Image Source: Wikipedia

     [ Illustration: Today's painting depicts a courtly couple, such as Abishag and Solomon, enjoying one another's company. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Song of Solomon 6, the chapter begins with a quest to find Solomon. Abishag finds him; and Solomon is so enraptured with her that he can hardly bear it. He compares her to the queens, concubines, and virgins of his court; and she is more magnificent than all of them. Likewise, her heart is carried away with Solomon.
     As the chapter opens, the chorus asks Abishag where her beloved has gone; and they offer to seek him with her (1).
     She tells them that he has gone into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed there and to gather lilies (2). She says that she is her beloved's and he is hers, and he feeds among the lilies (3).
     Solomon speaks to her, praising her beauty (4). He asks her to turn away her eyes from him because they have overcome him; and he says that her hair is like a flock of goats that appear from Gilead (5). Her teeth are like a flock of sheep, washed, bearing twins, and not one of them is barren (6). Her temples are like a slice of pomegranate (7). He mentioned that there were 60 queens, and 80 concubines, and virgins without number. These numbers place the events described in this chapter at an early stage in Solomon's reign, Eventually, as mentioned in 1 Kings 11:3, he had "700 wives, princesses (queens), and 300 concubines" (8). But she is one [i.e., she stands alone], the only one of her mother, the choice of her who gave her birth. The daughters saw her, and blessed, as did the queens and the concubines, and they praised her (9). She was like the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, awesome as an army with banners (10).
     She went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded (11). And before she was aware, her soul became like the chariots of Amminadib. This seems to mean that her heart raced toward Solomon like driven chariots. (12).
     The chorus asks her to return that they may see her. One asked another what they would see in her. They echoed one of Solomon's praises, saying that she is like a company of two armies (13).

     [ Sermons: Ian D. Campbell. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


PLEASE NOTE: Use the resources on this and other sites thoughtfully, particularly the commentaries and encyclopedias. I have attempted to list conservative, scholarly resources. However, some providers use liberal or liberal-influenced commentaries such as the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (in Bible Hub). Such commentaries are undoubtedly included by the provider for the wealth of useful information and comments which they provide. By consulting several commentaries, it should be fairly easy to sort out the wheat from the chaff. If, however, you would like personal assistance, write to me at AD LIB ARTS EMAIL.

          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Song of Solomon 6: Song of Solomon 5. Song of Solomon 7. ]
[1] Song of Solomon 1:8.
[2] Song of Solomon 5:1; Song of Solomon 1:7-8.
[3] Song of Solomon 2:16; Song of Solomon 7:10.
[4] Song of Solomon 6:10; Revelation 19:14-16.
[5] Song of Solomon 4:1-3.
[6] Song of Solomon 4:2.
[7] Song of Solomon 4:3.
[8] Psalm 45:14.
[9] Song of Solomon 5:2.
[10] Song of Solomon 4:2.
[11] Song of Solomon 7:12; Song of Solomon 6:2.
[12] Song of Solomon 1:8.
[13] Song of Solomon 2:14.
     -- From Treasury of Scripture Knowledge & Others ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). PROVERBS: Book of Proverbs. ECCLESIASTES: Book of Ecclesiastes Dramatized. SONG OF SOLOMON: Song of Solomon 6. Song of Solomon Dramatized. VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Song of Solomon Detailed Outline

Note: Around 968 Solomon thwarted an attempted coup by his brother who wanted to marry Abishag the Shunammite (Shulamite) and thereby have a claim to the throne. Solomon may have married her instead, and this poem may celebrate their love, and it may be a symbol of Israel's love for the house of David.

Song of Solomon 6

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

The Fourth Quest (Continued) - Love Sought & Found in the City (5:2 - 7:11)
(c'. Woman's Night Search for the Man -- 5:2 - 7:11)

Chorus (6:1)

1 Whither is thy beloved gone,
O thou fairest among women?
whither is thy beloved turned aside?
that we may seek him with thee.

Abishag (6:2-3)

2 My beloved
is gone down into his garden,
to the beds of spices,
to feed in the gardens,
and to gather lilies.
3 I am my beloved's,
and my beloved is mine:
he feedeth among the lilies.

Solomon (6:4-10)

4 Thou art beautiful, O my love,
as Tirzah,
as Jerusalem,
as an army with banners.
5 Turn away thine eyes from [before] me,
for they have overcome me:
thy hair is as a flock of goats
that appear from Gilead.
6 Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep
which go up from the washing,
whereof every one beareth twins,
and there is not one barren among them.
7 As a piece of a pomegranate
are thy temples [from] within thy locks.
8 There are threescore queens,
and fourscore concubines,
and virgins without number.
9 My dove, my undefiled is but one;
she is the only one of her mother,
she is the choice one of her that bare her.
The daughters saw her,
and blessed her;
yea, the queens and the concubines,
and they praised her.
10 Who is she that looketh forth as the morning,
fair as the moon,
clear as the sun,
and terrible
as an army with banners?

Abishag (6:11-12)

11 I went down into the garden of nuts
to see the fruits of the valley,
and to see whether the vine flourished,
and the pomegranates budded.
12 Or ever I was aware,
my soul made me like
the chariots of Amminadib [or, chariots of my people of nobels].

Chorus (6:13)

13 Return, return,
O Shulamite;
return, return,
that we may look upon thee.
What will ye see in the Shulamite?
As it were the company of two armies.

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