Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Song of Songs / Song of Solomon
|Song of Solomon ends with a conversation between Solomon and the Shulammite woman describing the love they still had for each other. How does the Shulammite woman finish the following passage?
"Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of _________.
||Song of Solomon
spices. The final two verses in Song of Solomon refer to "the present day". Theologist have studied these verses and suggest that Solomon and the Shulammite woman will continue to love and be intimate with each other until the day they die.
In this case, "mountains of spices" refer to the Shulammite woman's breasts and she is hoping that Solomon will love her (physically and emotionally) forever.
"Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.
Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices." (Song 8:13-14)
|Song of Solomon 8:8-12 describe the past and the present of Solomon and the Shulammite woman. Who is saying the following about the Shulammite woman prior to her desire to get married?
"If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar." ||Song of Solomon
her brothers. "We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?
If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar." (Song 8:8-9)
This passage outlines the love and compassion that the Shulammites older brothers had for her. The older brothers wanted their sister to have a proper marriage and hoped that she would remain pure until that time. If she remained true and pure, the brothers would honour her with expensive gifts such as a palace of silver.
|Following the marital difficulties of Solomon and the Shulammite woman, their marriage and love for one another matures and becomes stronger with time.
One such passage that shows this maturity is one in which Solomon describes his love for the Shulammite woman's beauty. Solomon describes how her stomach is "like a heap of wheat" that is set about with what type of flowers?||Song of Solomon
lilies. As their relationship matures, it is very evident that Solomon finds his lovers figure nourishing, satisfying, and complete:
"How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince's daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman.
Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies."
|Like any marriage in society, biblical marriages were not perfect and without their share of problems. Solomon and the Shulammite woman had their problems as well. At one point, the Shulammite woman realizes that she may have fallen out of love with her husband.
The following passage describes the Shulammite woman's plea for assistance to find her husband during a time of severe marital issues:
"Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee."
From whom is the Shulammite woman seeking help? ||Song of Solomon
The daughters of Jerusalem. The sisters of Jerusalem agree to help the Shulammite woman search for her husband after her desperate plea for assistance. They soon realize that her husband loves his gardens and that this might be where he is hiding:
"Where has your beloved gone, O fairest among women?
Where has your beloved turned aside, That we may seek him with you?
My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies."
|The Shulammite woman maintained her purity and virginity for Solomon whom she sincerely wanted to be her future husband:
"A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a ________________."
How does this biblical quote end?||Song of Solomon
fountain sealed. Solomon used these words in praise for his bride's commitment to him in being a pure woman. Solomon is pleased in knowing that the woman he will marry has been true to him and has maintained her virginity for this wedding day.
"A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed." (Song 4:12)
|"Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' ___________ within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead."
It is evident that the Shulammite woman is a gorgeous woman. The missing word from this passage is a physical feature on the Shulammite woman. What physical feature of the Shulammite woman is being described in this passage?||Song of Solomon
eyes. Many theologians have interpreted this quote and have concluded that women in Solomon's culture did not necessarily wear a veil to cover their faces. In fact, with the bride not wearing her veil, the reader gets a full understanding of her true beauty:
"Your lips are like a strand of scarlet,
And your mouth is lovely.
Your temples behind your veil
Are like a piece of pomegranate."
|Often times, the Song of Solomon describes the way marriage is supposed to be according to God's intentions. One passage describes this quite accurately, but what is supposed to fill in the blank?
"I adjure you, O daughters of ___________
that you stir not up nor awaken love
until it please." ||Song of Solomon
Jerusalem. This passage describes how God would have intended a marriage to be on Earth. The bride is stating that we need to let love and marriage run their own course. We cannot artificially force marriage and love to come our way. Instead, we must wait for marriage and love to develop on their own. If we stimulate love and marriage rather than leaving it run its own course, it may not work out the way that God intended it to work out.
|The Song of Songs is a highly poetic and figurative script and is often difficult to read and understand. One thing that often confuses readers is the constant interchanging between the terms "my love" and "my beloved". To distinguish between the two, what person is referred to as "my beloved" in Song of Solomon?||Song of Solomon
the bridegroom. The bride refers to her bridegroom as "my beloved". In response, the bridegroom refers to his bride as "my love". The following passage briefly describes the brides love for him:
"My lover is radiant and ruddy,
outstanding among ten thousand.
His head is purest gold;
his hair is wavy
and black as a raven.
His eyes are like doves
by the water streams,
washed in milk,
mounted like jewels."
spices. Song of Solomon 8:14 "Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices."
I hope you enjoyed this quiz. The next Bible quiz in my Biblical series will be on the book of Isaiah.
|Love is as strong as _________according to Song of Solomon 8:6 (KJV)?||Song of Solomon
death. This is shown throughout the Bible. In fact in many cases love proves stronger than death. For example, in the New Testament, when Jesus gives His life for our sins. Our bodies die, but his love for us overcomes death so we die in this life, but will be alive again in a new life if we accept his love and what he did for us as a result of that love.
the roof of his mouth. Song of Solomon 7:9 "And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak."
Tirzah. Song of Solomon 6:4 "Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners."
Tizah was a town in what was the Samaritan high lands. The name means "she is friendly".
lilies. Song of Solomon 5:13 "His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh."
There are over 100 species in the lily family which is known as Liliaceae. The most commonly recognized lily is the Easter lily.
honey and milk. Song of Solomon 4:11 "Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon."
This implies she must have been kind in words as honey is very sweet, and milk which coats can be very soothing.
tower of David. Solomon 4:4 "Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men."
The Tower of David was a fortress built to protect Jerusalem.
wood of Lebanon. Song of Solomon 3:9 "King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon."
It is believed that the wood of Lebanon was cedar wood.
grapes. Song of Solomon 2:15 "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes."
Grapes must have been an important fruit in Biblical times. In the Last Supper they drank unfermented wine, which would have been made of grapes.
love song. Solomon's name means peace. He had great wisdom, wealth and power. He is the eleventh son of King David, and his mother was Bathsheba.