v8) “If you do not know, O most beautiful among women, follow in the tracks of the flock, and pasture your young goats beside the sheperds’ tents.”
Solomon is speaking in this passage, so it can be looked at as if these words were being spoken by Christ to His bride, the church. He calls her the most beautiful among women. She is beautiful to Him because of her capacity to love him and seek him with all of her heart. He tells her to follow in the way of the flock, the church, and encourages her to use them as support to grow in discipleship. He also commands her to pasture younger goats. These can be looked at as believers who are younger in their walk with the Lord than us. We are commanded to help them find rest beside the shepherds tent and train them in the way of the Lord.
v9)”I compare you, my love, to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariots.”
My love here is translated as “my lover friend”. This translation is beauty in itself because the Lord calls us his lover and friend. Pharaoh’s chariots refers to the very finest horses in Egypt. These horses were known for their natural beauty and speed. It seems as if the Groom is making reference that He adores His wife for her natural beauty and the speed at which she can run after Him!
v10)”Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, your neck with strings of jewels.”
This scripture allows the groom to further adore His bride. He refers to her natural beauty of neck and cheeks. The ornaments and jewels may refer to the beauty He bestowes on her. Ezekiel 16:8-14
v11)”We will make for you ornaments of gold, studded with silver.”
The gold refers to being divine in character and it is similiar to a crown. She has a lot of natural beauty, but now the King is going to crown her with his own jewels, ornaments, and crown. She is now dressed in His righteousness.
v12)”While the King was on his couch, my nard gave forth is fragrance.”
The term couch refers the “table” in the original Hebrew. It could be discussing the Lord’s provision and spiritual food that he provides. She was satisfied at the table and it produced a fragrance of praise.
v13)”My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh that lies between my breasts.”
My beloved is translated “my bridegroom lover”. At this point of the chapter, the beloved is absent from her. Myrrh is used for burial preparations and it may signify the suffering love that she remembers about her beloved.
v14) “My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms in the vineyards of Engedi.”
Henna blossoms were used by the Jewish maidens for exterior adornment. Engedi was a wilderness area in Israel. It is very rare to find wild flowers in the Engedi wilderness. The bride says her lover is a beautiful , rare gift in the wilderness around her. I pray that we will constantly remember the precious gift we have been given even when the wilderness seems overwhelming around us.
v15) “Behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves.”
I love that the Lord calls her beautiful just a means to encourage. He truly sees her not as she is in the physical, but what she will be one day when she goes to the high places with him. The dove’s eyes are only focused on one thing. The bridegroom calls her undivided devotion beautiful.
v16)”Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, truly delightful. Our couch is green;”
Her response to him in this passage. He not only is beautiful to her but delightful, she enjoys spending time with Him! How often do we truly find the Lord delightful? All too often we get lost in the sovereignty and holiness of Him that we look at Him that is someone with whom we can’t spend her time. However, this bride calls him delightful. The green couch may signify the green pastures he makes her lie in as in Psalm 23.
v17) “The beams of our house are cedar; our rafters are pine.”
Cedar and pine were the finest woods that were used in building Solomon’s temple. The maiden seems to find rest in a similar place God loves to dwell.
2:1) “I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.”
Sharon was a plain in Judea and it was not unusual for flowers to grow here. The lilies often lie hidden in the deep valleys. These beautiful flowers may be unseen by men in a big plain with many other flowers or buried in a deep valley. However, the Lord sees this flower and cares for her! It is so amazing how much individual emphasis is placed on us. He not only sees us in this big world but cares for each one of us individually and intimately!