The illustration of the little foxes in the vineyard is about fornication as something to be detested – you have to picture the little foxes poking up into the greenery to eat the grapes. The contrast is with the joys and good pleasures of the marriage relationship using very explicit images from nature – both animal and plant.
* Gracious Father, thank You for Your word, and please show us today what You would have us know from it.
A second time (once last passage) the lovely wife has this exhortation, “I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, … That you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.”
Whether married, single, widowed or divorced – This wisdom is for all of us.
As God calls us to be singular in our devotion to Him, He calls us to be chaste and faithful in our relationships with others, particularly here I think in terms of romantic love.
Because married folk need to be reminded not to stir up or awaken love in the wrong places. So do single never-married folk, and those who have been married.
Romantic love is a beautiful God-honouring thing – In His order.
Let’s be encouraged and convicted in this.
* Faithful God, thank You for the wonderful bounty of relationships we can have in our lives.
And thank You for romance, for the love we read of here in the Song of Solomon.
Please help us to be faithful, singular in our devotion, to You and the situation You have placed us in, whether than be singless or marriage.
Mark us as a holy people, set apart, different because we walk obediently under Your will.