Turn away thine eyes from me
Her eyes of faith and love; as ravished with them; his passions were so struck by them, and his heart pierced with them, that he could stand it no longer ; see ( Song of Solomon 4:9 Song of Solomon 4:10 ), such looks of faith are very agreeable to Christ; see ( Song of Solomon 2:14 ) ; The phrase implies a steady, fixed gaze such as David’s when he said, “Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord” (Psalm 25:15). We should cultivate this steadfast looking unto Jesus that our eyes may wait upon the Lord our God (Psalm 123:2).
for they have overcome me;
that is, her eyes, they had made a conquest of his heart; which does not imply weakness in Christ, but condescending grace, that he should suffer himself, as it were, to be overpowered by the faith and love of his people, who has conquered them and all their enemies. This clause is very differently rendered: by some, “turn thine eyes toward me for they have strengthened me” ; his desire towards his church, and the enjoyment of her company: by others, the reverse, “are stronger than me”, or “have taken away my strength” ; so that he was spiritless, and as one dead, or in an ecstasy: others say, “they have lifted me up” ; revived, cheered, and comforted him, through sympathy with her, in virtue of their near union: Christ has a kind of pride as well as pleasure in his church; he is proud of the beauty he has put upon her, of the graces he has wrought in her; and especially of her faith, when in exercise; see ( Matthew 8:10 ) ; and by others, “they have made me fiercer” ; not with anger and indignation, but with love; there is a force, a fierceness in love, as well as in wrath: “love [is] strong as death, [and] jealousy [is] cruel as the grave”, ( Song of Solomon 8:6 ) ; it is so in the church, much more in Christ. All which shows the power of faith, to which mighty things are ascribed, ( Hebrews 11:1-40 ) ; and here the conquest of Christ himself; akin to Jacob and his wrestling and God’s “command thou me” in Isaiah 45:11.
thy hair [is] as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead;
from Mount Gilead, (See Gill on Song of Solomon 4:1). The repetition shows the constancy of his high regard for her.
Acknowledgement as ever to John Gill’s commentary which forms the basis of most of these blogs.