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Song of Solomon Resources
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Updated April 28, 2014

Introduction: The discerning reader should be aware that many of the commentaries on Song of Solomon interpret this book allegorically (See Interpretative Approach). The "danger" is that allegory searches for a hidden spiritual meaning that transcends the literal sense of the sacred text. For example, the respected commentator Matthew Henry (1662-1714) states that the Song of Solomon "is an allegory" and goes on to add "that after the title of the book (Song of Solomon 1:1) we have Christ and His church, Christ and a believer, expressing their esteem for each other." This is not the literal, natural meaning but an allegorical interpretation which begs the question of whose "allegory" or hidden meaning is correct, a problem which is not faced when one interprets the text literally. Commentaries that take a predominantly allegorical approach to the Song of Solomon are (with a few exceptions) not included in this list.

Song of Solomon
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Song of Songs - Introduction
Song of Songs - Interpretative Approach
Song of Songs - The Speakers
Song of Songs - The Timing
Song of Songs - An Outline
Song of Songs - Subtitles
Song of Songs - The Language
Song of Songs - Key Images and Key Words
Song of Songs - The Setting
Song of Songs - The Hebrew Language

Song of Songs
Commentary Notes
Under Construction

Song of Songs 1 Commentary
Song of Songs 2 Commentary
Song of Songs 3 Commentary
Song of Songs 4 Commentary
Song of Songs 5 Commentary
Song of Songs 6 Commentary
Song of Songs 7 Commentary
Song of Songs 8 Commentary

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Brian Bell
Sermon Notes
He tends to interpret the text literally.
Song of Solomon  Introduction

In his introduction Bell says "Some say Solomon wrote Eccl. For the Inquiring Mind – Proverbs for the Obedient Will - & Song of Solomon for the Loving Heart! Which is better? – Neither one! – We need all 3 for a balanced life!"

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Song of Solomon 2:1-3:5

Song of Solomon 3:6-5:1
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Song of Solomon 8

Adam Clarke
Commentary
Clarke interprets the text literally.

Song of Solomon 1 Commentary

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Song of Solomon 7 Commentary
Song of Solomon 8 Commentary

Lloyd Carr
Audio - 4 Introductory Lectures

These audios are by Lloyd Carr who is also the author of a respected commentary on The Song of Solomon in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series (#2 ranked commentary in list of "Commentary Recommendations" below). Rosscup adds that "This commentary is well-respected. Carr, evangelical, is very learned, using scholarly sources, yet lucid in his lengthy introduction, statement of theme (two people celebrating a literal love relationship), and verse by verse commenting, He often has something quite helpful."

Song of Songs 1 Introduction

Song of Songs 2 Introduction

Song of Songs 3 Introduction

Song of Songs 4 Introduction

Century Bible Commentary
Song of Songs

Note: Comments are lucid, generally literal and generally verse by verse.

Song of Solomon 1 Commentary

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Song of Solomon 5 Commentary
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Song of Solomon 7 Commentary
Song of Solomon 8 Commentary

Thomas Constable
Expository Notes
Constable interprets the text literally

HINT: Click here to Scroll Bible text in NET Bible (or choose another version) -- the Scripture is synchronized with the more technical NET Bible Notes as well as Constable's expositional notes. Very useful feature!

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Commentary Recommendations
Song of Solomon
Top 5 Commentaries on The Song of Songs by Keith Mathison - Ligonier Ministries Blog

It is somewhat difficult to recommend a “Top 5” list on the Song of Songs because one’s inclusion of commentaries in the list will largely depend on whether one takes an allegorical or non-allegorical approach to the book. The list below is based on my own non-allegorical approach to the book.

1. Tom Gledhill — The Message of the Song of Songs (The Bible Speaks Today, 1994).  (Amazon)Tom Gledhill’s commentary on the Song of Songs is accessible to any reader, but the fact that it is accessible does not mean that it is simplistic. In fact, in places it is truly profound and insightful. Gledhill sees the book for what it is - a poetic exploration of human love that points beyond itself to the Creator and Redeemer. Very highly recommended.

2. Lloyd Carr — The Song of Solomon (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, 1984). (Amazon) Lloyd Carr’s contribution to the Tyndale series of commentaries is a very helpful work on the Song of Solomon. Like Gledhill, Carr takes a non-allegorical approach to the book, and provides numerous insights.

3. Richard S. Hess — Song of Songs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms, 2005). (Amazon) Among the more advanced commentaries written from an evangelical perspective, the work by Richard Hess is probably the most helpful. In addition to careful exegesis, Hess provides insightful reflections on the theology of the book. This is something missing in too many commentaries. Highly recommended.

4. Tremper Longman — Song of Songs (New International Commentary on the Old Testament, 2001). (Amazon) For those seeking a thorough exegetical commentary, Longman’s work in the NICOT series is a good resource. He approaches the book as a poem (or more precisely an anthology of poems) about the male-female relationship, which itself is analogous to the relationship between God and His people.

5. Iain Provan — Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (NIV Application Commentary, 2001). (Amazon) I have already mentioned this volume in the post on Ecclesiastes. The section of the book on the Song of Songs should prove just as helpful to preachers and others looking for practical application.

See also...

Best Commentaries on Song of Solomon - Tim Challies

Best Commentary on Song of Songs - Best Commentaries

John Dummelow
Commentary on the Bible

Song of Solomon
Literal Interpretation

Introduction:  At the first blush we are surprised to find in the Bible a poem on human love. But we must remember that the mutual attraction of the sexes is of God's ordaining. So far from being intrinsically evil, it contains for both parties an immeasurable possibility of blessing. And the love which is here sung is ordered, regulated, legitimate. The imagery is too suggestive, and the description of physical charms too minute, for our taste, but it was produced by an Oriental for Orientals. More reticence does not necessarily imply truer purity. No doubt we should have welcomed a clear recognition of the intellectual, ideal, and spiritual side of marriage, but it would be a mistake to argue that the poet was a stranger to this better part. And such love as Song of Solomon 8:7 describes is based on broader foundations than those supplied by mere sensuous charms alone.

Again, whilst it is admitted that the poem was not meant to be understood either typically or allegorically, all true human love is, in the Apostle's sense of the word, a mystery (Ephesians 5:28-33) which carries the Christian's mind upward to the union of the soul with Christ. Sensuous thoughts and images are never to hold us prisoners. The earthly is a steppingstone to the heavenly. Spenser tells us that, having in the green time of his youth composed two Hymns in praise of Love and Beauty, 'and finding that the same too much pleased those of the like age and disposition, which being too vehemently caried with that kind of affection, do rather sucke out poyson to their strong passion, then hony to their honest delight,' he afterwards resolved, 'by way of retractation, to reforme them, making, in stead of those two Hymnes of earthly or naturall love and beautie, two others of heavenly and celestiall.' In this he is a safe guide”

All the glory and the grace of things,
Witchcraft of loveliness, wonder of flesh,
Fair symmetry of forms, deep harmonies
Of line and limb”are but as shadows cast
From hidden light of Beauty and of Love

It would be a dull eye that missed the beauty of the poem. Its author responded immediately to every charm of Nature or of Art. Above all was his soul attuned to Nature. He carries us along with him into the open air, to the vineyards, the villages, the mountains. He awakes us at daybreak to catch the scent of the forest trees, to gather the apples and the pomegranates, to listen to the grateful plash of falling waters. How he loved the flocks of wild pigeons, the crocuses, the fields embroidered with lilies: His verse is fragrant with the breath of spring. And the soul of artistry within him was moved by the pomp of the court, the magnificence of a royal litter, the glittering whiteness of an ivory tower, the proud display of warriors' shields, the ornaments and costly dress of women. No other poem in the Bible can be compared with this. It still merits the title, prefixed by the men who inserted it in the Canon, 'The Song of Songs,' the most beautiful, the one that most nearly corresponds with the ideal of its class. At the first blush we are surprised to find in the Bible a poem on human love. But we must remember that the mutual attraction of the sexes is of God's ordaining. So far from being intrinsically evil, it contains for both parties an immeasurable possibility of blessing. And the love which is here sung is ordered, regulated, legitimate. The imagery is too suggestive, and the description of physical charms too minute, for our taste, but it was produced by an Oriental for Orientals. More reticence does not necessarily imply truer purity. No doubt we should have welcomed a clear recognition of the intellectual, ideal, and spiritual side of marriage, but it would be a mistake to argue that the poet was a stranger to this better part. And such love as Song of Solomon 8:7 describes is based on broader foundations than those supplied by mere sensuous charms alone. (Read the entire Overview of Song of Solomon - Interesting!)

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Easy English Commentary
Interesting simple translation and comments

Song of Songs: The Bible's Love Poem

Song of Songs: How to Love God with All Your Heart

Song of Songs: A Wonderful Song about Love

Ellicott's Commentary
Song of Songs

Song of Solomon 1 Commentary

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Song of Solomon 5 Commentary
Song of Solomon 6 Commentary
Song of Solomon 7 Commentary
Song of Solomon 8 Commentary

Gene Getz
Song of Solomon
Life Essentials Study Bible Companion Video Commentary

Click the  videos below for Dr Getz's practical points related to the beautiful Song of Solomon

Song of Songs 1:1-4- Intimate Love
Song of Songs 1:4-17 - Intimate Conversations
Song of Songs 2:7-3:5 - Sexual Purity
Song of Songs 4:1-15 Beautiful Words
Song of Songs 4:16-5:9 - Idealism and Reality
Song of Songs 5:10-16 - Learning to Love
Song of Songs 6:1-7:9 - Keeping Love Alive
Song of Songs 7:9-13 - Being Creative
Song of Songs 8:5-14- A Unique Freedom

John Gill
Commentary
Not listed as his approach is not literal

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Dave Guzik
Song of Solomon Commentary
Generally Literalistic Approach

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Song of Solomon 5 Commentary

Song of Solomon 6 Commentary

Song of Solomon 7 Commentary

Song of Solomon 8 Commentary

Matthew Henry
Commentary
Not listed as his approach is not literal

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H A Ironside
A Profile Song Of Solomon A Book Of Love
Generally Literal Interpretation

Rosscup: Many have considered this book one of the most helpful for a lighter, practical exposition. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

Song of Solomon 1 Commentary

Song of Solomon 2 Commentary

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Song of Solomon 4 Commentary

Song of Solomon 5 Commentary

Song of Solomon 6-7 Commentary

Song of Solomon 8 Commentary

Jamieson, Fausset, Brown
Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible

Not listed as his approach is not literal

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Keil & Delitzsch
Commentary on the Old Testament
Caveat: Approach not always literal

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Song of Solomon 8:12a, Who Said It?

Robert Alden

Song of Solomon, Theology of"The allegorical method...lacks any external justification. The Song gives no indication that it should be read in any but a straightforward way. The discovery and publication of formally similar love poetry from modern Arabic literature as well as ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia signaled the end of the allegorical approach to the text, but left the church with a number of questions about the theological meaning of the Song. The Song serves an important canonical function with its explicit language of love. Allegorization in early times arose from the belief that such a subject was unsuitable for the Holy Scriptures."

Other Dictionary articles related to Song of Solomon...

Song of Solomon - Holman Bible Dictionary

Solomon's Song - American Tract Society Bible Dictionary

Song of Songs - Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Song of songs - Bridgeway Bible Dictionary

Canticles; the Song of Solomon - Fausset Bible Dictionary

Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology

Book Review - Song of Songs. Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms

William Barrick
Book Review - Song of Songs (NICOT) Irv Busenitz

Song of Solomon - Interesting Facts - Chart with brief (but indeed interesting) facts some you know but some you make not

Bible Charts
Song of Solomon - Audio Kenneth Boa

The Song Of David’s Son: Interpreting The Song Of Solomon In The Light Of The Davidic Covenant

Iain D. Campbell
Song of Solomon 2:1-2 A Lily Among the Thorns
Song of Solomon 5:2-16 A Heart for Him
Song of Solomon 5:8-16 He's All that and So Much More
Alan Carr
The Old Testament Love Songs And Their Use In The New Testament

Is the Song of Solomon a "Sacred Marriage" Drama?

G. Lloyd Carr
Song of Songs 1 – 8 (Solomon Reflects Upon Love and Wisdom) David Colburn
Companion Bible Commentary - brief notes no select verses Companion Bible

The Song of Songs - interesting review of the various approaches to interpretation of this OT poetic book

Donald E. Curtis

Does A Literal Interpretation Of The Song Of Songs Remove Its Character As Scripture?

Samuel Ives Curtiss

Theology of Sexuality in the Song of Songs: Return to Eden," Andrews University Seminary Studies 27.1 (Spring 1989) 1-19 ( or in PDF)

Richard Davidson

Ethics and Aesthetics in the Song of Songs

Mark Elliot

Early and Medieval Jewish Interpretation of the Song of Songs -Grace Theological Journal 1.2 (Fall, 1981) 221-31 (or in PDF)

Weston Fields
A Parabolic View of the Song of Solomon Thomas Fountain

Discussion of the rise of allegorical interpretation - Included here because this has been a common approach to the interpretation of the Song.

Tony Garland
Scripture Index - Song Of Solomon - The Gospel Coalition - almost all are Mp3's Gospel Coalition
Song of Solomon: Synthetic Bible Studies James Gray
The Messianic Music of the Song of Songs: A Non-Allegorical Interpretation James M. Hamilton Jr

Song of Songs 1:7 Separated Lovers

Song of Songs 2:11-13 Spring-Time

Song of Songs 8:6-7 In Praise of Love

James Hastings
Difficult Passages in the Song of Songs Paul Haupt
The New Structure Of The Song Of Songs And Its Implications For Interpretation Andrew Hwang
Solomon's Perfect One Harold Holmyard III
Song of Songs - Dictionary Article Holman Bible Dictionary

Song of Solomon 8:6-7 Building Better Love
Click here, select Old Testament, then Song

David Holwick
Mistranslation in Canticles 1:5 (Song of Solomon 1:5) Edwin Hostetter
Song of Songs - Dictionary Article ISBE
The Enigmatic Genre and Structure of the Song of Songs, Part 1
The Enigmatic Genre and Structure of the Song of Songs, Part 2
The Enigmatic Genre and Structure of the Song of Songs, Part 3
Gordon H. Johnston
Equality Of Sexes In Marriage: Exposition Of The Song Of Songs Arthur H. Lewis
The Poetical Books J. Hampton Keathley, III

Ecclesiastes Commentary - This is a relatively modern, relatively in depth treatment. The author takes a literal approach to interpretation. Go to the Pdf page 315 for the beginning of this commentary which is about 150 pages long. "Fact questions" are interspersed throughout the commentary to aid your review. This looks to be a fine resource to aid your study of Ecclesiastes.

R J Kidwell
The Song of Solomon - Devotional Commentary (be aware it is not literal) Henry Law

The Song of Songs- - John Murphy
Note: Type in Song of Songs in Search Box (upper left) to search for other resources on Song of Songs

Logos.com

An Introduction to the Song of Songs
An Argument of the Song of Songs
Selected Bibliography of the Song of Songs

David Malick

Song Of Solomon - Introduction from MacArthur Study Bible

MacArthur comments on the Interpretive Challenges: The Song has suffered strained interpretations over the centuries by those who use the “allegorical” method of interpretation, claiming that this song has no actual historical basis, but rather that it depicts God’s love for Israel and/or Christ’s love for the church. The misleading idea from hymnology that Christ is the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys results from this method (Song 2:1). The “typological” variation admits the historical reality, but concludes that it ultimately pictures Christ’s bridegroom love for His bride the church. A more satisfying way to approach Solomon’s Song is to take it at face value and interpret it in the normal historical sense, understanding the frequent use of poetic imagery to depict reality. To do so understands that Solomon recounts 1) his own days of courtship, 2) the early days of his first marriage, followed by 3) the maturing of this royal couple through the good and bad days of life. The Song of Solomon expands on the ancient marriage instructions of Gen. 2:24, thus providing spiritual music for a lifetime of marital harmony. It is given by God to demonstrate His intention for the romance and loveliness of marriage, the most precious of human relations and “the grace of life” (1 Pet. 3:7).

Outline

I. The Courtship: “Leaving” (Song 1:2–3:5)

A. The Lovers’ Remembrances (Song 1:2–2:7)

B. The Lovers’ Expression of Reciprocal Love (Song 2:8–3:5)

II. The Wedding: “Cleaving” (Song 3:6–5:1)

A. The Kingly Bridegroom (Song 3:6–11)

B. The Wedding and First Night Together (Song 4:1–5:1a)

C. God’s Approval (Song 5:1b)

III. The Marriage: “Weaving” (Song 5:2–8:14)

A. The First Major Disagreement (Song 5:2–6:3)

B. The Restoration (Song 6:4–8:4)

C. Growing in Grace (Song 8:5–14)

John MacArthur
Song of Solomon - A Profile: A Book of Love John Phillips
Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon Bill McRae
Ecclesiastes & Song of Solomon J Vernon McGee
“What is He Doing in that Book?” Solomon’s Role in the Song of Songs Mark McGinniss
Outline Study - Song of Solomon William Moorehead
Living Message - Song of Solomon G Campbell Morgan
Intro to Songs — Study Bible Introductory Notes

Interpretation - To find the key for unlocking the Song, interpreters have looked to prophetic, wisdom and apocalyptic passages of Scripture, as well as to ancient Egyptian and Babylonian love songs, traditional Semitic wedding songs and songs related to ancient Mesopotamian fertility religions. The closest parallels appear to be those found in Proverbs (see Pr 5:15–20; 6:24–29; 7:6–23). The description of love in 8:6–7 (cf. the descriptions of wisdom found in Pr 1–9 and Job 28) seems to confirm that the Song belongs to Biblical wisdom literature and that it is wisdom’s description of an amorous relationship. The Bible speaks of both wisdom and love as gifts of God, to be received with gratitude and celebration. This understanding of the Song contrasts with the long-held view that the Song is an allegory of the love relationship between God and Israel, or between Christ and the church, or between Christ and the soul (the NT nowhere quotes from or even alludes to the Song). It is also distinct from more modern interpretations of the Song, such as that which sees it as a poetic drama celebrating the triumph of a maiden’s pure, spontaneous love for her rustic shepherd lover over the courtly blandishments of Solomon, who sought to win her for his royal harem. Rather, it views the Song as a linked chain of lyrics depicting love in all its spontaneity, beauty, power and exclusiveness—experienced in its varied moments of separation and intimacy, anguish and ecstasy, tension and contentment. The Song shares with the love poetry of many cultures its extensive use of highly sensuous and suggestive imagery drawn from nature.

NIV Study Bible

Tommy Nelson's series on Song of Solomon - 7 Minute intro on  to give you a sampling of his teaching.

See also Tommy Nelson song of Solomon - Google Search - I have not personally listened to his series on Solomon but my son has and found it to be excellent preparation for his recent marriage.

Tommy Nelson
Key to Song of Solomon William Orr
Guidelines for Understanding and Utilizing the Song of Songs Greg W. Parsons
Through the Bible Book by Book - Song of Solomon Myer Pearlman
The Song of Solomon by Harry Reeder - Reformed Theology Article Harry Reeder
Song of Solomon - Brief notes from a literal perspective Relevant Bible Teaching

The Song Of Songs - thoughtful comments on a difficult book to interpret

Arend Remmers
Theology of Sex -Recommended online book Grant Richison
Song of Solomon - Tradition and Love Rick Safriet
Song of Solomon - Music to Live By
Song of Solomon - A Love Song and a Hymn
Ray Stedman

Song of Solomon - The Book of Romance and Intimacy - looks good. Might make a good pre-marital counseling study.

Study Guide

Book of Song of Solomon Overview - Insight for Living Ministries - see excerpt below...

Why is Song of Solomon so important? This book remains singular within the Old Testament for at least two reasons: its character as a single poem and its subject matter, particularly the frank discussion of love between a married couple. The Song of Solomon’s willingness to broach the topic of physical love within marriage has made many of its readers throughout history uncomfortable, so much so that Rabbi Aqiba had to vigorously defend the book’s place in the Jewish canon even as late as AD 90 at the Council of Jamnia.2 But as a testament to the beauty of the marriage relationship in its fullness, Song of Solomon stands out with its uniquely detailed vision of this beautiful reality.

What's the big idea? The fullness of the union that takes place at marriage is described in some of the most splendid poetic language in the entire Bible. In a world where so many speak of God’s special gifts with coldly clinical or apathetic statistical language, the passion of Solomon’s poetry refreshes a world thirsty for the truth about marriage. Solomon began his rendering of this relationship with the two lovers in courtship longing for affection while expressing their love for one another (Song of Solomon 1:1–3:5). Eventually, they come together in marriage, the groom extolling his bride’s beauty before they consummate their relationship (Song 3:6–5:1). Finally, she struggles with the fear of separation, while he reassures his bride of his affections for her (Song 5:2–8:14). All of this reinforces the theme of the goodness of marriage. Some suggest the book also pictures in a more general way Christ’s love for His bride, the church.

How do I apply this? From courtship to marriage to the assurance of love, Song of Solomon poetically presents a broad range of events and feelings in the days leading up to and during marriage, offering encouragement toward an enduring love amid the petty jealousies and fears sure to threaten even the strongest of relationships. We should heed the Song’s sublime words by continuing to value marriage as one of the bedrocks of society, appreciating the goodness and the beauty borne out of the union of two people in holy matrimony. Would you consider your marriage a sign of God’s goodness and beauty working in your life, or has it become something less than that over time? Song of Solomon reminds us that both marriage and the physical union that follows originate in God; we should therefore consider each of them as evidence of His grace working itself out in the world.

Charles Swindoll
The Message of the Song of Songs
The History of Interpretation of the Song of Songs (23 pages)
J. Paul Tanner
Sermons on Song of Solomon (mostly audio) Third Millennium
Analysis of Song of Solomon
Analysis of Song of Solomon
Valley Bible Church
Analysis of Song of Solomon James Van Dine
Sermon Series on the Song of Solomon - seems to focus on the literal aspects and intimacy in marriage G I Williamson
Some New Thoughts About the Song of Solomon Sherwood E Wirt
Cultic Clues in Canticles (Song of Songs) Edwin Yamauchi

HENRY MORRIS
Defender's Study Bible

 

Introduction to Song of Solomon Like the book of Ecclesiastes, the Song of Solomon (also known as “Song of Songs” and “Canticles”) is both fascinating and enigmatic, both providing striking testimonials (as in the book of Proverbs) to the unique, wide-ranging, wisdom of Solomon. Like the other two books, it claims to be from Solomon (Song of Solomon 1:1). Solomon was said to have written over a thousand songs (I Kings 4:32), but this was his “Song of songs!”

The book was evidently written early in Solomon’s reign, long before his many wives turned his life away from devotion to his first love. Although there have been a number of interpretations of this book, the most obvious interpretation is no interpretation at all. That is, it is simply what it purports to be—a romantic love poem describing the love of young Solomon and a Shulamite maiden who became his first bride.

There is nothing unseemly, of course, about a book of the Bible depicting the beauties of pure courtship and marital love. The union of male and female in holy matrimony is intrinsic to the creation itself (Genesis 2:24-25). In this sense, the narrative of the Song can be considered as an idyllic picture of courtship and marriage that might apply, with varying details, to all true love and marriage as ordained by God.

In a secondary sense, the account may also be considered as a type of the love of Christ and His church, the “Bride of Christ” (compare Ephesians 5:22-33; Revelation 21:2; 22:17).
This analogy should not be pressed too far, of course, as the book should primarily be studied in accord with its own clear intent, that of describing and honoring the God-ordained union of man and woman in true love and marriage.

Song 1 Commentary
Song 2 Commentary
Song 3 Commentary
Song 4 Commentary
Song 5 Commentary
Song 6 Commentary
Song 7 Commentary
Song 8 Commentary

HOLMAN CHRISTIAN STUDY BIBLE
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Interprets the Song of Solomon in a normal, literal sense
HCSB Notes

Excellent Modern Resource!

 

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Jeffrey E. Miller
Audio Series

Song of Songs 1:1 The Seasons of Love

Song of Songs 1:2-17 The Infancy of Love

Song of Songs 2:1-3:5 The Difficulties of Love

Song of Songs 3:6-11 The Celebration of Love

Song of Songs 4:1-5:1 The Intimacy of Love

Song of Songs 5:2-16 The Poisoning of Love

Song of Songs 6:1-13 The Leisure of Love

Song of Songs 7:1-13 The Depth of Love

Song of Songs 8:1-14 The Power of Love

NET BIBLE NOTES
Includes notes, pictures, hymns

 

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Song 1 Commentary
Song 2 Commentary
Song 3 Commentary
Song 4 Commentary
Song 5 Commentary
Song 6 Commentary
Song 7 Commentary
Song 8 Commentary

Our Daily Bread
Devotionals for
Sermon and teaching illustrations
Radio Bible Class

Song of Solomon 2:10 Say It!
Song of Solomon 2:14 Eyes Only For Her
Song of Solomon 2:15 Tiny Evils, Big Fall

Rob Salvato
Sermons

Song of Solomon 1:1-4  (Sex, God and Love, Part 1)
Song of Solomon 1:5-2:7  (Sex, God and Love, Part 2) (Intimate Apparel)
Song of Solomon 2:8-17  (Sex, God and Love, Part 3) (Risk)
Song of Solomon 3:1-5  (Sex, God and Love, Part 4) (Restraint)
Song of Solomon 3:6-5:1 (Sex, God and Love, Part 5) (Divine Romance)
Song of Solomon 5:2-6:3  (Sex, God and Love, Part 6) (Happily Ever After)
Song of Solomon 6:2-13 (Sex, God and Love, Part 7) (The Language of Forgiveness)
Song of Solomon 7:1-8:14  (Sex, God and Love, Part 8) (Avoiding Cruise Control)

Chuck Smith
Sermon Notes
Song of Solomon

Sermon Notes for Song of Solomon 1

Sermon Notes for Song of Solomon 4:16

Sermon Notes for Song of Solomon 6:10

Sermon Notes for Song of Solomon 6:10

Sermon Notes for Song of Solomon 6:10

Sermon Notes for Song of Solomon 6:10

Sermon Notes for Song of Solomon 6:10

C H Spurgeon
All his Sermons on
Song of Solomon
Note: Spurgeon is included in the list but his approach is often allegorical and not literal

Song of Solomon 1:2 Better than Wine

Song of Solomon 1:4 A Refreshing Canticle

Song of Solomon 1:4 The Memory of Christ's Love

Song of Solomon 1:4 Rejoicing and Remembering

Song of Solomon 1:6 Self-Humbling and Self-Searching
Song of Solomon 1:6  The Unkept Vineyard; Or, Personal Work Neglected

Song of Solomon 1:7 Love to Jesus
Song of Solomon 1:7 The Church's Love to Her Loving Lord

Song of Solomon 1:7, 8 The Good Shepherdess

Song of Solomon 1:12 Fragrant Graces

Song of Solomon 1:13 A Bundle of Myrrh

Song of Solomon 2:1 The Best of the Best
Song of Solomon 2:1 The Rose and the Lily

Song of Solomon 2:2 The Lily among Thorns

Song of Solomon 2:3 The Apple Tree in the Wood

Song of Solomon 2:3 Under the Apple Tree

Song of Solomon 2:7 Roes and the Hinds

Song of Solomon 2:10-13 Sermon for Spring

Song of Solomon 2:13 The Tender Grapes

Song of Solomon 2:16 Interest of Christ and His People in Each Other

Song of Solomon 2:16 A Song Among the Lilies

Song of Solomon 2:16 My Beloved Is Mine

Song of Solomon 2:16 Loved and Loving

Song of Solomon 2:16-17 Over the Mountains

Song of Solomon 2:16-17 A Song of My Beloved

Song of Solomon 2:17 Darkness Before the Dawn

Song of Solomon 2:17 Believer's Glad Prospects

Song of Solomon 3:1-4 Disconsolate Lover

Song of Solomon 3:4 Love's Vigilance Rewarded

Song of Solomon 3:4-5 The Real Presence, the Great Want of the Church

Song of Solomon 3:6 The Royal Pair in Their Glorious Chariot

Song of Solomon 3:10 Saved with Love

Song of Solomon 4:10-11 Christ's Estimate of His People

Song of Solomon 4:12 Lord's Own View of His Church and People

Song of Solomon 4:12, 15 Secret and Yet No Secret

Song of Solomon 4:16 Grace for Communion

Song of Solomon 4:16 My Garden--His Garden

Song of Solomon 5:1 The King Feasting in His Garden

Song of Solomon 5:1 Love Joying in Love

Song of Solomon 5:2 Asleep and Yet Awake—a Riddle

Song of Solomon 5:2 Warning and Encouragement

Song of Solomon 5:2-8 Nearer and Dearer

Song of Solomon 5:6 The Soul's Desertion

Song of Solomon 5:8 Heavenly Love-Sickness!

Song of Solomon 5:9 The Incomparable Bridegroom and His Bride

Song of Solomon 5:10 Christ's Perfection and Precedence

Song of Solomon 5:13 Spices, Flowers, Lilies and Myrrh

Song of Solomon 5:16 The Best Beloved
Song of Solomon 5:16 Altogether Lovely

Song of Solomon 6:4 The Church as She Should Be

Song of Solomon 6:5 Overcoming Christ

Song of Solomon 6:12 Chariots of Amminadib

Song of Solomon 6:13 Inward Conflicts

Song of Solomon 6:13 Return, Return, O Shulamite; Return, Return!

Song of Solomon 7:11-13 A Call for Revival

Song of Solomon 7:11-13 Good Works in Good Company

Song of Solomon 8:5 Leaning on Our Beloved

Song of Solomon 8:6 Love and Jealousy

Song of Solomon 8:6, 7 Shulamite's Choice Prayer

Song of Solomon 8:7 Unpurchasable Love

Song of Solomon 8:12 Christ's Love for His Vineyard

Song of Solomon 8:13 The Bridegroom's Parting Word

Song of Solomon 8:14 Come, My Beloved!

Ray Stedman
Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon - Music to Live By
Song of Solomon - A Love Song and a Hymn

Bob Utley
Song of Solomon
Commentary

Song of Songs 1 Commentary

Song of Songs 2 Commentary

Song of Songs 3 Commentary

Song of Songs 4 Commentary

Song of Songs 5 Commentary

Song of Songs 6 Commentary

Song of Songs 7 Commentary

Song of Songs 8 Commentary

G I Williamson
The Song of Songs:
A Series of Sermons
Primarily Literal Interpretation
All of the titles below are on the same page - you will need to scroll down

Song of Solomon 1:1 Getting the Right Perspective
Song of Solomon 1:2-2:7 The Beginning of True Love
Song of Solomon 2:8-3:5 Getting to Know You
Song of Solomon 3:8-5:2 Lover's Lib
Song of Solomon 5:2-6:9 The Test of True Love - Part 1
Song of Solomon 6:10-8:4 The Test of True Love - Part 1
Song of Solomon 8:5-7 The Love that Excels
Song of Solomon 8:8-14 Summing it All Up

Today in the Word
Song of Solomon

Note: The Devotionals in the Right 2 Columns can be found in the respective chapters of the commentary (in the left column). Scroll down to the devotional.

Song of Songs 1 Commentary
Song of Songs 2 Commentary
Song of Songs 3 Commentary
Song of Songs 4 Commentary
Song of Songs 5 Commentary
Song of Songs 6 Commentary
Song of Songs 7 Commentary
Song of Songs 8 Commentary

 

Song of Solomon 1:1-4
Song of Solomon 1:5-8
Song of Solomon 1:9-14
Song of Solomon 1:15-17
Song of Solomon 2:1-7
Song of Solomon 2:8-9
Song of Solomon 2:10-14
Song of Solomon 2:15
Song of Solomon 2:16-17
Song of Solomon 3:1-5
Song of Solomon 3:6-11
Song of Solomon 4:1-5
Song of Solomon 4:6-7
Song of Solomon 4:8-9
Song of Solomon 4:10-11
Song of Solomon 4:12-16
Song of Solomon 5:1
Song of Solomon 5:2-3
Song of Solomon 5:4-7
Song of Solomon 5:8-16
Song of Solomon 6:1-3
Song of Solomon 6:4-7
Song of Solomon 6:8-10
Song of Solomon 6:11-13
Song of Solomon 7:1-10
Song of Solomon 7:11-13
Song of Solomon 8:1-4
Song of Solomon 8:5-9

Steve Zeisler
Peninsula Bible Church

Song of Songs 1:1 The Superlative Song

Song of Songs 1:2-2:7 Your Love Is Better Than Wine

Song of Songs 2:8-3:6 In Love, In The Springtime

Song of Songs 3:7-5:1 You Have Made My Heart Beat Faster

Song of Songs 5:2-6:3 Lost And Found

Song of Songs 6:4-7:9 The Radiant Bride

Song of Songs 7:10 - 8:14 Life Lessons

 

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