Understanding The Bible
The Book Canticles, Song of Solomon, Song of Songs
3:1-5: "A Sad Song Which Ends Right"

Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible


3:1-5: "A Sad Song Which Ends Right"
The Setting of the Song
The Palace (Jerusalem)
Time: After the marriage
Occasion: A dream (cp. 5:2). Something of the uncertainty and loneliness of the days of separation at Lebanon creep into the Bride's dream.  In her dream she seeks the Bridegroom, but not finding him, her dream becomes a nightmare.  In her dream she remembers his love, and drifts back to restful slumber (v. 5).

The Bride tells of a dram (3:1-4)

3:1a "By night on my bed I sought him"; cp. 5:2, "I sleep, but my heart waketh." Plainly a dream.

This message is to us concerning the folly of unbelief.

Dreams are like unbelief in that:

1.  They ignore the true facts.
  (1)  He still loved her
  (2)  He was safe.
  (3)  He had come for her in due time.
  (4)  She loved him and believed him.
2.  They intensify and play upon such emotions as fear.
    "Fear hath torment." "Oh ye of little faith, why are ye fearful?"
3.  They are abnormal.  People who work hard and eat properly, rarely dream.  So doubts are not normal to the Christian, though they may often occur.
4.  We do tings in dreams, and in moments of unbelief, which we would not otherwise do, such as:
    Running around after him in the city.
    Inquiring where he is.
    Grabbing hold of him as though he wanted to get away from us.
    Seeking to make him do for us what he has already done (become bethrothed).
5.  Doubts simply hinder, never help. 

3:1b-3 "Sought ... but found not"
In her dream, she imagines herself seeking him on the streets of Jerusalem -- being accosted by the policemen (watchmen), to whom she appeals for help (v. 3).
3:4 But then, in her dream she finds him and desperately clutches him; yet, the net moment, twisting as dreams do, she imagines she is back in Lebanon, where she takes him to her mother (even though, evidently, no longer living), as it were to make him realize the seriousness of his offense in leaving her and have him reaffirm his intentions toward her.  All this indicates the queer twist dreams can take.
3:5 Again, swiftly shifting, she is at rest in her dream as she remembers his love for her, which steals thought her mind with its cheering message of the form of Solomon's favorite chorus or refrain to which she has often drifted off to sleep. (Remember to read "till she please.") Cp. 2:7  


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