Friday, March 20, 2015

Song of Solomon, Day 5 Readings

Together, Together  

Today's reading concludes the poetic conversation between a man and a woman who are attracted to each other.  The man expresses his profound love for the woman.  The woman responds by committing herself to him, perhaps despite the attempts at some in her family to stop the relationship.  So deeply in love, the man and the woman unite in the end.  The man commits to this one woman, and the woman begs him to hurry and live out his commitment.

Note: The Hebrew text does not identify the speakers, but some Biblical translations suggest speakers in the Song of Solomon.  The Common English Bible (CEB) translation presents Song of Solomon as a dialogue between a man and a woman, with occasional group comments, and it identifies the speakers.  The New International Version (NIV) believes that the man and woman are more frequently interrupted by group comments, and it identifies all of the speakers.  The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) does not identify the speakers.

Read Song of Solomon 7:1-8:14  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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