Love in action

Old Testament: Song 2.8–9

To read the Bible in a year, read Song of Solomon 1–3 on September 21, In the year of our Lord 2022

By Don Ruhl 

Love anticipates being with the loved one and then hearing his or her voice, making the heart race: 

The voice of my beloved!
Behold, he comes
Leaping upon the mountains,
Skipping upon the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Behold, he stands behind our wall;
He is looking through the windows,
Gazing through the lattice.

– Song 2.8–9 

Picture his anticipation at seeing her, and her anticipation of his arrival, running like a gazelle or a young stag toward her. Imagine if she had pictured him lumbering like a cow. That would just not fit the picture. No, she saw his excitement for her. 

How much effort does a gazelle or a young stag exert in traversing mountains and hills? Just as she pictured them, they go about leaping and skipping, because mountains and hills are no obstacles to gazelles and young stags. 

Likewise, Solomon’s quest and the love in his heart for the Shulamite traversed any barrier easily, and she could see that such was the case. He wanted to see her. He did not travel to her home only to be left out, so he looked inside, hoping to get a glimpse of her. 


  • Does the Song of Solomon embarrass you? 
  • If so, why? 
  • Does love between a man and a woman embarrass God? 

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