Song of Songs 3
The Church's fight and victory in temptation.
Song of Songs 3:1 [SHE] Upon my couch, in the night-time, sought I the beloved of my soul,I sought him, but found him not. Song of Songs 3:2 Come! I must arise, and go about in the city, In the paths and in the broadways, I must seek the beloved of my soul,I sought him, but found him not. Song of Songs 3:3 The watchmen that go round in the city, found me, The beloved of my soul, have ye seen? Song of Songs 3:4 Scarcely had I passed from them, when I found the beloved of my soul,I caught him, and would not let him go, until that I had brought him into the house of my mother, and into the chamber of her that conceived me. Song of Songs 3:5 [HE] I adjure you ye, daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles, or by the hinds of the field,That ye wake not, nor arouse, the dear love until she please.
The Church glorieth in Christ.
Song of Songs 3:6 [THEY] Who is this, coming up out of the wilderness, like pillars of smoke,with perfume of myrrh, and frankincense, besides all the aromatic powder of the merchant? Song of Songs 3:7 Lo! his couch, 'tis Solomon's own, Threescore heroes, around it,of the heroes of Israel: Song of Songs 3:8 All of them, grasping the sword, trained for war,every man, with his sword upon his thigh, because of dread, in the night-time. Song of Songs 3:9 A palanquin, King Solomon made himself, of the trees of Lebanon: Song of Songs 3:10 The supports thereof, made he of silver, the couch thereof, of gold, the seat thereof, of purple,the midst thereof, hath an inlay of love from the daughters of Jerusalem. Song of Songs 3:11 Go forth and gaze, ye daughters of Zion, upon King Solomon,wearing the crown, wherewith his mother, crowned him, in the day of his marriage, and in the day of his heart gladness.