Song of Solomon 2:5-7

Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.

His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me.

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.

The banqueting house is the house of wine. eating and drinking with Christ  (Rev.3:20), a table spread (Psalm 23:5),  a wonderful provision of spiritual blessing and rich provision.

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Flagons of wine signify the love of Christ (1:2,4) and his love is preferable to wine,  and she wants more and more knowing that it is through the word and ordinances of divine worship that this covenant love is manifested and experienced.

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Apples signify great and precious promises (Prov. 25:11) being the emblem of love and refreshment of which she seems insatiable.

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The hands speak of being spiritually sustained  through providence and particular grace. c.f. Is.1:10, 40:29, Deut. 33:27, John 10:28-30.

The hinds: “it is impossible for language or imagery to convey more strongly the care that ought to be taken not to grieve the Holy Spirit, nor offend Christ;” (Stuart). The meticulous patience and care of the hunter to get his quarry (the hinds) which are so easily startled teaches us how the same care is needed in our relationship with Christ (and the dove-like Spirit).

 

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