This chapter begins with the woman describing a dream in which she searches desperately for her beloved through the city streets at night. Her intense longing leads her to inquire of the city watchmen, but it's only after leaving them that she finds her lover and clings to him. The dream sequence emphasizes the depth of her love and anxiety at being separated from him. The latter part of the chapter shifts to a majestic description of King Solomon's wedding procession. With elaborate imagery, it portrays Solomon’s palanquin, made of the finest wood, adorned with silver, gold, and purple fabric, guarded by sixty warriors. This vivid depiction of royal splendor and celebration adds a sense of grandeur and festivity to the love story, symbolizing the societal recognition and celebration of their union.

Song of Solomon 3

1  By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

2  I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

3  The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?

4  It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: 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.

5  I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.

6  Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?

7  Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel.

8  They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night.

9  King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon.

10  He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem.

11  Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.

End of Song of Solomon 3

1 Year Plan:  Sept 3 - Sos 2, Sos 3, Sos 4,  Phil 1

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