Summary of Song of Solomon

Summary of Song of Solomon

Chapter by Chapter:

Song of Solomon 1-2: Love and Devotion/The Beloved Ones

Song of Solomon 3-4: A Love Song for Solomon/Song of “Beauty”

Song of Solomon 5-6: Song of “Love”/Singing of “Love”

Song of Solomon 7-8: The Song of “Love”/Many Waters Cannot Quench Love

 

The Song of Solomon is a series of lyrical poems organized as a dialogue between a young woman and her lover. A third party, or chorus, occasionally addresses the lovers.

I personally love and agree with Elder Bruce R. McConkie when he offered up his opinion on the worth of the books of the Bible… he describes the Bible:

“In the Old Testament, Genesis is the book of books – a divine account whose worth cannot be measured.  Exodus and Deuteronomy are also of surpassing worth.  Numbers, Joshua, Judges, the Samuels, the Kings, and the Chronicles are all essential history.  Leviticus has no especial application to us.  Ruth and Esther are lovely stories.  The Psalms contain marvelous poetry and the portions that are messianic and that speak of the last days and the Second Coming are of great import.  Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Lamentations are interesting books; Job is for people who like the book of Job; and the Song of Solomon is biblical trash – it is not inspired writing.  …all the rest of the prophets – Isaiah above them all – each in his place and order set forth the doctrinal and prophetic word that must be studied in depth.” (“The Bible – A Sealed Book,” Church Education Symposium, BYU, 17 August 1984)

There you have it, the Book of Song of Solomon is BIBLICAL TRASH, I agree. The book is lustful in nature and really adds nothing positive to the Bible. But for those who want to know a Summary of the Book, please keep reading… although there is many ways to look at the Book… you will find that I did not go into as much detail as I do with other books.

The first poem is spoken by the young maiden, who longs to be near her lover and enjoy his kisses. She explains that she has a dark complexion because her family sends her to work in the vineyards. She searches for her lover, comparing him to a wandering shepherd, and the chorus encourages her to follow the flocks to his tent.

The lovers lie on a couch together while the man praises the beauty of his beloved, comparing her to a young mare and comparing her eyes to that of a dove’s eye. While in bed, the maiden dreams that she is searching the city streets for her lover and that she finds him and takes him home. She envisions a lavish wedding procession, in which her happy bridegroom appears as King Solomon. The man speaks, comparing each part of the maiden’s body to animals and precious objects. He calls for her to come down from the mountain peaks to be with him. With intense yearning, he characterizes her as an enclosed “garden” full of ripe foliage and a flowing fountain (Song of Solomon 4:12–15). The maiden bids the wind to blow on her garden and invites the man into the garden. The man dines in the garden and calls for their friends to celebrate with the lovers.

In another dream, the maiden hears her lover knocking at her door late one night, but he disappears. Again, she roams the streets, but this time the city guards accost the maiden. She asks the “daughters of Jerusalem” to help her find her lover. The chorus asks her to describe the young man, and she compares each part of his body to precious metals, jewels, and animals.

The two find each other in the garden. The man continues to praise each part of the maiden’s body. He bids her to dance and likens her to a palm tree with breasts like fruit. The maiden invites her lover to the fields and villages, promising to give him her love among the blossoming vineyards. She wishes that he were her brother so that people would not comment about their open displays of affection. She urges him to “seal” his heart with her love, for love is strong. The maiden thinks back on her earlier chastity but is glad she has lost it peacefully by finding favor “in his eyes” (Song of Solomon 8:10). The man says that, while King Solomon may have many vineyards, he is happy with his one vineyard, the maiden.

Song of Solomon 7-8

Song of Solomon 7-8

Chapter 7: The Song of “Love”

The song of love continues as the author describes and details all of the features of his love. Read the chapter for more information.

“…O love, for delights!” (Song of Solomon 7:6)

Chapter 8: Many Waters Cannot Quench Love

This chapter once again confirms that the love story of these two unknown individuals is incestual… but one thing this chapter does get right is this… “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it…” (Song of Solomon 8:7)

Song of Solomon 5-6

Song of Solomon 5-6

Chapter 5: Song of “Love”

The song of loves and affection continues… the author speaks of his sister as undefiled and like a dove.

Chapter 6: Singing of “Love”

The Love song continues…

 

Song of Solomon 3-4

Song of Solomon 3-4

Chapter 3: A Love Song for Solomon

This is a love song apparently for Solomon, the author writes: “…I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.” (Song of Solomon 3:4) Obviously Song of Solomon is very “erotic” in nature, it does not really fit with the rest of the Bible.

Chapter 4: Song of “Beauty”

The author in this chapter describes the love of his sister; “Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse… How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! …” (Song of Solomon 4:9-10) and then goes on to describe “…pleasant fruits.” (Song of Solomon 4:16). No doubts that the Book of Solomon is one giant love poem.

 

Song of Solomon 1-2

Song of Solomon 1-2

Chapter 1: Love and Devotion

Solomon writes about Love and Devotion, he describes kisses and love as “…better than wine.” (Song of Solomon 1:2). One interesting thing is that Solomon describes himself as being black, because of the sun. Not sure if this means that Solomon is black or just tanned from the sun.

Before I go any further I must point out that this Book is also refered to (by some) as the “Song of Songs” because there is much debate over whether or not the book was actually written by Solomon. But since the book mentions the name Solomon, we will use it.

Solomon describes his love as having “…doves’ eyes.” (Song of Solomon 1:15). I think most people can relate to these feelings of “love”.

Chapter 2: The Beloved Ones

The author explains that he is “…sick of love.” (Song of Solomon 2:5) The author goes on to explain that “The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing birds is come… and the vine with the tender grapes give a good smell…” (Song of Solomon 2:12-13)

                Again, we see that the chapter is about the authors love and the feelings that come with being in love.