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   Apr 20

The Song of Songs!

As a great fan of love, today I will devote my time to one of the finest poems ever written, divinely inspired: Solomon’s Song.

(Most analysts consider the Song of Solomon to have been written early in his life, around 965 B.C. The Book of Kings says that Solomon wrote 1005 songs. Only this one survives.)

The Song of Solomon is a poem written to present the qualities of love between a husband and his wife. The poem clearly presents marriage as God’s design. A man and woman are to live together within the context of marriage, loving each other spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

“I am totally yours unto death. I belong to you and you to me, until death do us part.”

“Set me as a seal upon your heart…for love is strong as death….Its flashes are flashes of fire, a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it” (8:6-7).

As you read the poem, it is clear that a woman can only open her “heart” to her lover and remain devoted to him, but only if she is assured that he is ready and willing to commit his entire life to her, that he has set her “as a seal upon his heart” – that she is assured that his love will be “strong as death”.

It is amazing how strong love can be, for Solomon says: Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.”

Wow, such strong words that lovers exchange.

The meaning behind the poem, is the dialogue between a husband (which is the king) and his wife, the Shulamite. The song begins before the wedding, and how anxious the bride is to become his wife.  However, she realizes that love needs to develop naturally, and in its own time.

On the wedding night, the husband praises the beauty of his wife, and in highly symbolic language, the wife invites her spouse to partake of all she has to offer. They make love, and God blesses their union.

Although they separate in their later years, for the fear of their love becoming a routine, they eventually reconcile their problems and reunite.  As the poem ends,  the husband and wife are confident and secure in their love, they at long last, sing about the nature of true love, rekindling the desire to be in each other’s presence again.

What the Solomon’s song teaches, is that marriage in itself, takes work – it is not a given that it will work out as we plan it, as we want it, as we imagine it.   And like anything else that is of value, it takes effort and patience to keep it.  Marriage, according to Solomon, is a union to be celebrated, enjoyed, and revered.  In short, what Solomon is saying simply, is this (my words):

We need to give our partner the attention he or she needs – to take the time to truly know our partner -to encourage and praise and not criticize – to enjoy one another – to find new ways to be creative and playful – to spend quality time alone – to reassure our commitment to our spouse through the renewal  of vows – to make heroic effort to work through problems and to not consider separation as an easy solution.

I want to devote this poem to my beloved husband James who is always there for me.  Thank you agapi mou.


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  1. James says:

    Beautifully said agapi mou – thank you! And thank you for being there for the very same reasons! Love you X

  2. Lil e says:

    Yes, Domenica this indeed is a unique song that beautifully illustrates love within the marriage arrangement and much more!
    It is refreshing to know how you and your husband James are so committed to your marriage. May your love and your respect for each other continue to grow as it will surely contribute to your happiness!

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