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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

July 20 - Morning

(The Boy Friend)
"How beautiful you are, my darling!
Oh, how beautiful!
Your eyes behind your veil are doves.
Your hair is like a flock of goats
descending from the hills of Gilead.
Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn,
coming up from the washing.
Each has its twin;
not one of them is alone.
Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon;
your mouth is lovely.
Your temples behind your veil
are like the halves of a pomegranate.
Your neck is like the tower of David,
built with courses of stone;
on it hang a thousand shields,
all of them shields of warriors.
Your breasts are like two fawns,
like twin fawns of a gazelle
that browse among the lilies.
Until the day breaks
and the shadows flee,
I will go to the mountain of myrrh
and to the hill of incense.
You are altogether beautiful, my darling;
there is no flaw in you.
Come with me from Lebanon, my bride,
come with me from Lebanon.
Descend from the crest of Amana,
from the top of Senir, the summit of Hermon,
from the lions’ dens
and the mountain haunts of leopards."

- Song of Solomon 4:1-8

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
She Has All Her Teeth, and They're White!    

The metaphors of admiration need deciphered and decoded for us 3,000 years later.
Here is one way of understanding his descriptive comments of praise of his woman’s physical beauty.

  • Eyes behind veil are doves = Even though her eyes are behind a veil they are communicating love or sexual arousal.
  • Hair is like a flock of goats descending = A flock of goats jostling down a hill together look like moving, waving hair.
  • Teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn = the sheep are not shaggy and uneven, but white and tight like shorn sheep. And, clean.
  • Each has its twin = no teeth are missing, a difficult thing to maintain without modern dentistry.
  • Lips like scarlet ribbon = close enough to our use of lipstick to be understood
  • Temples like halves of a pomegranate = pomegranates were a desirable, delicious fruit.
  • Neck like the tower of David with a thousand shields = though she is beautiful and desirable, she will not be easy to conquer. She has self-respect. His reference to the shields of David’s might men tell her that he understands that she has been victorious in many previous battles against other “warriors” like himself, but she was able to hold her line of defense to protect her dignity and purity
  • Breasts like two fawns browsing among lilies = reference to the fawns must speak of gentleness, youthfulness and innocence.

The young man now begins to speak of his intentions and offers her an invitation. The following all are an appeal for her to descend her lofty abode with its pleasant fragrances and beautiful view and join him. The reference to lions and leopards again speaks, in a good way, of the guarded protection she has built around herself.

  • Mountain of myrrh
  • Hill of incense  
  • Come with me from Lebanon  
  • Descend the crest of Amana (and Senir, Hermon, lions’ dens, etc.)
  Christian Quote from Church History

"Our compassion spends more in the streets than yours does in the temples!”
– Tertullian to the pagan critics in 197 AD

Something to Ponder??

Cerastes is a serpent from Greek legend that is flexible because it has no spine and small horns above its eyes (Leonardo da Vinci says it had four horns that could move). Cerastes hides in the sand with only the small horns protruding out of the surface in order to deceive animals and birds to think it is much smaller and to approach the small horns that look like bugs or worms in the sand for food. When the animal approaches Cerastes.

Jacob’s prophecy about his son Dan and the tribe of Dan may allude to the practice of Cerastes when Jacob says:

“Dan will be a snake by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider
tumbles backward.”

(Genesis 49:17)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Ns (Hb) – to lift (Eng) - The verb ns is common in Semitic languages.
means “to lift,” “to bear,” “to bear away.”
occurs 654 x in the OT in the Hebrew and 3x in the Aramaic.
In Jeremiah 4:6 the people ns a standard
In Genesis 7:17 rising water ns a ship.
In Ezekiel 23:27 Israel had been ns to Egypt instead of God
In Psalm 121:1 eyes are ns to the hills looking for God's coming help.


Sometime between the years 73-220 AD a Syrian by the name of Mara Bar-Serapion wrote a letter to his son from prison. Mara was writing to encourage his son to continue his pursuit of wisdom in spite of opposition. Mara used Jesus Christ along with Socrates and Pythagoras as examples of wise men who continued in wisdom even though people around them rejected their words and persecuted them. The text gives us an indication of what the common pagans outside the church and outside Judaism believed about Jesus 1-3 generations after he was crucified:

“What advantage did the Jews gain from executing their wise King? It was just after this that their kingdom was abolished. God justly avenged these three wise men: the Athenians died of hunger; the Samians were overwhelmed by the sea; the Jews ruined and driven from their land, live in dispersion.” 

(Details HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Photo HERE.)

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- Proverbs 20:11
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Large storage jars, pithoi, phithos, in the Ophel from Eilat Mazar's excavations in the Ophel of Solomon's walls and Old Testament gates. Ten concepts concerning the Word of God and spiritual growth from Galyn's book: The Word: Apparatus for Salvation, Renewal & Maturity
Large storage jars called pithoi (singular "pithos") 3.75 feet tall were found by Eilat Mazar in her excavations on the Ophel which included excavation of Solonomic walls and Old Testament gates. (More here.) Ten concepts concerning the Word of God and spiritual growth from Galyn's book:
The Word: Apparatus for Salvation, Renewal & Maturity
(Book details here. Download book here.)
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