When the heart leaps

Song of Solomon Bible Background

09.22.2017 – Old Testament: Song 5.6–8

To read the Bible in a year, read Song of Solomon 4–5 on September 22, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Have you experienced the leap of the heart when your lover calls out to you? The Shulamite did,

I opened for my beloved,
But my beloved had turned away and was gone.
My heart leaped up when he spoke.
I sought him, but I could not find him;
I called him, but he gave me no answer.
The watchmen who went about the city found me.
They struck me, they wounded me;
The keepers of the walls
Took my veil away from me.
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
If you find my beloved,
That you tell him I am lovesick!
(Song of Solomon 5.6–8) 

She was too late. She missed the opportunity and regretted it. He had called to her, but she gave a disappointing answer, so she calls him again, but he does not answer.

What happens in verse 7? Back in 3.3, the watchmen had not harmed her. This time they do. Why? Since they were watchmen, did they suspect her? She manages to get away, leaving her veil behind perhaps in the same way that Joseph did when fleeing Potiphar’s wife or Mark at the arrest of Jesus.

Like the poem in chapter 3, she again spoke to the daughters of Jerusalem, but back then she wanted them to stay away, whereas this time she wanted their help in locating her beloved. What message did she want them to give to him? That she was lovesick. She regretted turning him away.

See the verses summarized in this manner:

Love turns away (v. 6a).
Love regrets (v. 6).
Love runs into danger (v. 7).
Love seeks help (v. 8).

Questions:

  • Have you regretted neglecting the one who loved you?
  • Who makes your heart leap?

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