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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Song of Solomon 8:8-12

Christ and his spouse having sufficiently confirmed their love to each other, and agreed it to be on both sides strong as death and inviolable, they are here, in these verses, like a loving husband and his wife, consulting together about their affairs, and considering what they should do. Yoke-fellows, having laid their hearts together, lay their heads together, to contrive about their relations and about their estates; and, accordingly, this happy pair are here advising with one another about... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Song of Solomon 8:8

We have a little sister ,.... Which seems to be the Gentile church, so called by the Jewish church; for as the church catholic, or universal, with respect to its parts, is called a mother, as often in this Song; so these parts, with respect to each other, as the Jewish and Gentile churches, may be called sisters; and the rather, as they belong to the same Father and family, are partakers of the same grace, and are of the same faith and religion as to the substance of them; and the object and... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Song of Solomon 8:8

We have a little sister - This young girl belonged most probably to the bride. She hath no breasts - She is not yet marriageable. What shall we do for our sister - How shall we secure her comfort and welfare? In the day when she shall be spoken for? - When any person shall demand her in marriage. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Song of Solomon 8:5-14

Part V. CONCLUSION . THE BRIDEGROOM AND THE BRIDE IN THE SCENE OF THEIR FIRST LOVE . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Song of Solomon 8:5-14

Entire union of wedded love. I. COMMUNION OF THE BRIDEGROOM AND THE BRIDE . 1 . Approach of the bride. "Who is this?" The question is asked for the third time (see So Song of Solomon 3:6 ; Song of Solomon 6:10 ). In So Song of Solomon 3:6 the chorus of youths asks the question as the bride is borne in royal state to meet the king in the city of his kingdom; it occurs again in So Song of Solomon 6:10 , when the maidens of the chorus are struck with admiration of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Song of Solomon 8:8

We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for? The term "little" refers, of course, to her tender age, as in 2 Kings 5:2 , the "little maid;" and in Genesis 44:20 , "a child of his old age, a little one," referring to Benjamin. "She hath no breasts" is equivalent to saying she is not yet mature, of marriageable age (see Ezekiel 16:7 ). The question which the bride asks of King Solomon refers to the promise... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Song of Solomon 8:8-9

The little sister. This verse seems to be an inquiry on the part of those who are heard speaking in Song of Solomon 8:5 . They probably knew the story of her who was now returning with her beloved, and their question shows their surprise. Then they listen to her entreaty addressed to him whom she so loved ( Song of Solomon 8:6 ), and to her recital of the characteristics of such love as hers. They now interpose with the question in Song of Solomon 8:8 concerning a younger sister, who... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Song of Solomon 8:8-12

A brief dialogue commencing with a question and answer probably made by brothers of the bride concerning a younger sister who will soon be old enough to be asked in marriage. The answer is given in the form of a parable: “If she be a wall,” i. e., stedfast in chastity and virtue, one on whom no light advances can be made, then let us honor and reward her. This fortress-wall shall be crowned as it were with a tower or battlement of silver. But “if she be a door,” light-minded and accessible to... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Song of Solomon 8:8

Song of Solomon 8:8. We have a little sister These are still the words of the bride. The present church, which was that of the Jews, speaks of another future church, which was to consist of the Gentiles, which she calls little, because she was the younger sister, and then, as a church, scarce had a being. And she calls her her sister, partly because she was such in the foreknowledge and purpose of God, their common Father, though, at present, in a great measure, a stranger to him; and... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Song of Solomon 8:5-14

At home with family and friends (8:5-14)The final poem sees the lovers walking along the road on their way home (5a). As they approach the house, the girl is reminded that the place where they fell in love was the garden of the home where her lover was born (5b). She then praises the power of love that binds her to him. True love demands total possession of each by the other. It is indestructible and beyond value (6-7).The girl recalls the words of her older brothers when she was only in her... read more

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