The Song of Songs is a collection of ancient Israelite love poems that celebrates the beauty and power of God's gift of love and sexual desire.
A peculiar book in the Bible, the Song of Songs, also known as the Song of Solomon, is not technically a book. It's a love song between two lovers! But according to ancient Hebrew writings, this song is considered the Song of Songs in the same way Jesus Christ is the King of Kings. What makes this song greater than any other love song? And what is it doing in the Bible?
Watch our Read Scripture video on the Song of Songs, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the Song of Songs, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
A “lovely” poem
Read further to discover there's more than meets the eye. Several themes begin to take shape within the poetry of this song, along with pearls of wisdom strung through its text about handling the fiery passions of sexual desire. Allegories of God's love for His people are also woven through the poem's tapestry, creating a beautiful picture of what God intended love to be since Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We can enjoy this same gift today with obedience.
A Tale of Two Lovers
Two lovers are introduced, who are likely betrothed or married. They declare their love for each other, expressing the meaning behind the allegories and imagery.
Seeking and Finding
The two lovers constantly search for each other and reunite in the song, further demonstrating the great power and mystery of love touching our hearts.
Sexual Desire is a Gift
God created sexual desire as a gift for humans to enjoy before sin had corrupted it, and the two lovers use its correct application.
Though both lovers are immensely captivated by each other, the woman methodically reminds the readers to wait for this special passion at the right time.
Much like the two lovers, God's love for His people is powerful and unending. This symbolism has translated into both Jewish and Christian biblical interpretations.
Song of Solomon... and His Team of Highly Skilled Writers.
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Famous love song sing-a-longs:
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*“She’s my, brown-eyed girl, sha la la la la… la ti da”*
I know you heard a melody. Maybe you wanted to hum it. Just a little bit....