1 By night on my couch I still sought him whom I myself loves (the wife speaking, I.e. the elect): I sought him, but I found him not. (Meditating, speaking on a spiritual level)
2 I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom I myself loves: I sought him, but I found him not. (Its difficult to find Him if you if you don't know where to look. You will find Him in the world.)
3 The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, "Have you seen him whom I myself loves?" (She's speaking to the court-ladies)
4 Scarcely I passed them, when I found him whom I myself loves: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the inner chamber of her that conceived me.
5 I have adjured you, O you daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles, and by the hinds of the field, that you excite not, nor incite my feelings (or affection. see Isa. 42:13. Prov. 10:12), till she please. (fem. to agree with love, = love never used in the abstract, as in 3:10, and 8:4 [a person]. This is an appeal to the court-ladies not to try and incite her affection for Solomon)
C J1 3:6-11. The inhabitants of Jerusalem see the procession approaching. Remark of one; of another; of a 3rd; of a 4th. K L1 4:1-5. The Beloved [shepherd], who has followed the court, comes to Jerusalem to rescue the Shulamite. He obtains an interview, and again expresses his delight in her. [Contrast his modesty with Solomon's course flatteries in 6:4-10, and 7:1-9.] M1 4:6. The Shulamite proposes to return, referring to 2:17. L2 4:7-16- The Beloved [shepherd] immediately proffers assistance, emboldened by her beauty and by her faithfulness. M2 4:-16. The Shulamite declares that all she hasis for his pleasure. L3 5:1-. The Beloved [shepherd] suitably responds: "I am coming". J2 5:-1. The daughters of Jerusalem [some of the court-ladies] encourage them and urge them on.
6 What is that that comes up from the country like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant? (Incense of marriage feast and processional. Cp. Rev. 19:6,7,8. A question asked by an inhabitant of Jerusalem.)
7 Lo! it is the litter bed, which is Solomon's; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel. (The answer of another inhabitant of Jerusalem)
8 They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man has his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the nights.
9 King Solomon made himself a palanquin of the wood of Lebanon. (The remark of a 3rd inhabitant of Jerusalem.) (The King and the Shepard are the same. If you've seen the Son, you've seen the Father. Both wooed the daughter in the spiritual sense.)
10 He made the pillars thereof of silver, its support of gold, its seat of purple (royal color), its interior tessellated most lovely, for the daughters of Jerusalem. (Shows our Father's love for all his children.)
11 Go forth (the remark of a 4th inhabitant of Jerusalem), O you daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his marriage, and in the day of the gladness of his heart. (Outreaching cry to those who would participate in the many membered body of Christ.)