SONG OF SOLOMON 2
Shir Hashirim 2 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)
1 I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily [shoshan] of the valleys.
Sharon on the Mediterranean coast - a plain historically renowned for beauty and fertility prior to Ottoman deforestation. Modern sprawling Israeli settlements spread across the plain nevertheless...
It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice
Even with joy and singing:
The glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it,
The excellency of Carmel and Sharon,
They shall see the glory of Yahweh,
And the excellency of our Elohim. (Isa 35: 2)
2 As the lily [shoshan] among thorns, so is my love among the daughters [banot].
The Lord loves his bride who has patiently yearned for his return from a far country.
"Light is sown for the righteous and gladness for the upright in heart ... Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness" (Psa. 97:11; 112:4).
"Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all" (Prov 31: 29)
The heart cannot conceive the joy that awaits her for
"as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Cor 2:9)
He brings with him her reward so she rejoices ...
"Hallelu Yah - I am immortal"
"with a loud voice,
"The Lamb that hath been put to death,
The power, riches, wisdom, strength,
And honour, glory, blessing too,
Is worthy to receive." (Rev 5: 12 - Eureka)
3 As the apple tree [tapuach] among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved [dodi] among the sons [banim]. I sat down under his shadow [Betzilloh (in his shade, shadow)] with great delight [chimmadti (I desire)], and his fruit [p'ri] was sweet to my taste.
See Ps 45
In this, the Messiah is likened to an apple tree, and his brethren, the Sons of Deity, to "the trees of the wood."
"To him that overcomes, saith the Spirit, I will give to eat from the wood of life."
A man's victory over the world is not complete so long as he is engaged in the conflict of life. In this state of existence, then, a man does not eat from the wood of the life promised; he is, therefore, in no sense immortal. The promise of life is, that we shall have it when the victory is won. "I will give to him to eat," points us to the future. We must first appear before the throne by resurrection, to learn whether we are accounted worthy of the life; and then, if the verdict be in our favour, we shall be permitted to eat; otherwise, not.
"I will give to eat." Mastication, deglutition, and assimilation, constitute the whole process of eating, which is the conversion of food into blood, which is the life. But the life of the saints in the Millennial Aion is not blood; for "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;" for it is corruptible, and the kingdom of God is indestructible, and not to be left to a succession; hence, "corruption cannot inherit incorruption."
Their life in that Aion is holy spirit. When this is poured out upon their bodies, posterior to their resurrection, it assimilates to itself, "in the twinkling of an eye," all the particles of their flesh and bones; and they become transformed into incorruptible, deathless, and glorious bodies, according to Paul's testimony, who says,
"the Lord Jesus Anointed, shall change the nature of the body of our humiliation, that it may become of like form with the body of his glory, by the inworking of what enables him also to subdue all things to himself" (Phil. 3:21), that is, of the Spirit.
This in-working, by which the nature of the resurrected body is changed, so that it becomes a spirit-body, or spirit, is the giving to eat of the wood of life. When the victor has thus eaten he becomes an element of the wood, whose leaf shall never fade, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
'For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone' v 11.
4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
5 Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.
6 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me.
7 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.
8 The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.
9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.
10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
And he shall be as the light of the morning,
when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds;
as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain. (2Sam 23:4)
12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.
15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.
17 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.