Song of Solomon 8:14

 

       Make haste, my beloved,

 

…. These are the words of the church, to Christ, calling him her “beloved”; a title often used in this Song, see Song of Solomon 1:13; and is continued to the last; for Christ was still the object of her love; and she had now a comfortable sense of her interest in him, and claimed it; and makes use of this title, not only to distinguish him from others, but to obtain her request the more easily, that he would “make haste,” and come; which may either be understood of his speedy coming in the flesh, and appearing on Mount Zion and in the temple, where the spicy and sweet smelling incense was offered; or of his spiritual presence, in his house and upon the mountains, and in all the assemblies of Zion, where the prayers and praises of the saints go up to God, as sweet odours, perfumed with the incense of Christ’s mediation: and it expresses the breathings of the New Testament church after the second coming of Christ, being the last petition of the church in this Song; and with which she closes it, as John does the Revelation, and with it the whole canon of Scripture in like manner, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus,” that is, come quickly: his coming may and will be hastened indeed, yet in his own time; but it shows her eager and earnest desire after it, being as it were impatient for it. The word, may be rendered, “flee away”; not that the church desired Christ to depart from her; she valued his presence at another rate; but she being weary of a sinful troublesome world, and breathing after everlasting rest in another (Phil.3: 20-21 ), desires him to remove from hence, and take her with him to heaven, where she might enjoy his presence without any disturbance; (compare Psalm 70)

and be thou like to a roe, or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices;

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where spices and aromatic plants grow, as on Lebanon: of Christ, compared to a roe or a young hart, See Gill on “So 2:9.” These creatures being remarkable for their swiftness in running upon mountains and other high places, see Habakkuk 3:19; the church desires that Christ would be as swift in his motion as those creatures, and come quickly and speedily, and take her with him to the “spicy mountains,” the heavenly state, and all the joys and glories of it; and there have everlasting and uninterrupted communion with Christ; be out of the reach of every troublesome enemy; be in the utmost safety and security; and in the possession of pleasures that will never end. This state may be expressed by “mountains of spices”: because of the height and sublimity of it (remember how many saints met with God on mountain tops!); and because of the permanency and everlasting duration of it; and because of its delightfulness and pleasantness; where will be fulness of joy, and pleasures for evermore (Psalm 16:11). And his response is, “Surely I come quickly.”

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