The Song Of Solomon 2.8-15

Listen! My lover is approaching!

Look! Here he comes,

leaping over the mountains,

bounding over the hills!

My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag.

Look! There he stands behind our wall,

gazing through the window,

peering through the lattice.

My lover spoke to me, saying:

“Arise, my darling;

My beautiful one, come away with me!

Look! The winter has passed,

the winter rains are over and gone.

Blossoms have appeared in the land,

the time for pruning and singing has come;

the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

The fig tree has ripened its figs,

the vines have blossomed and give off their fragrance.

Arise, come away my darling;

my beautiful one, come away with me!”

O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,

in the hiding places of the mountain crags,

let me see your face,

let me hear your voice;

for your voice is sweet,

and your face is lovely.

Catch the foxes for us,

the little foxes,

that ruin the vineyards —

for our vineyard is in bloom.”

(The Song Of Solomon 2.8-15, NET)

In this passage it seems that the lover has another dream/daydream of her beloved, similar to that of vv.3-7. She is dreaming of his approach (vv.8-9a) and his arrival (v.9b). In her dream of desire the timing is right (vv.11-13, 15) and she desperately wants to see him and hear him:

“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,

in the hiding places of the mountain crags,

let me see your face,

let me hear your voice;

for your voice is sweet,

and your face is lovely.”

(The Song Of Solomon 2.14, NET)

Lots can be learned from hearing a voice. We can tell a lot about someone from their voice, and the lover knows that the voice of her beloved is sweet. David Guzik writes,

“Just hearing a human voice can give us information about a person’s height, weight, shape, sex, age, occupation, sexual orientation, health, sobriety, tiredness, social class, race, education, financial status, and truthfulness. With all this power wrapped up in the voice, no wonder the maiden imagined her beloved saying to her, “your voice is sweet.”

(Enduring Word)

Scripture tells us that the voice of God is equally as revealing of His person and power as that of the beloved here. Consider but two examples and seek this voice today;

  • Notice the method of the creation of the world, here underlined in red down the left of the page: IMG_9887

“And God said…”

(Genesis 1.3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 28)

  • Notice how Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead in John 11:

“…he shouted in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The one who had died came out…

(vv.43-44, emphasis added)

Published by James Travis

Pastor of Saar Fellowship in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Married to Robyn and Dad to our two boys.

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