Have you seen the one I love?

Today’s Reading: Song of Solomon 1:1- 4:16, 2 Corinthians 8:16-24, Psalm 50:1-23, Proverbs 22;22-23

There are lots of great lines in the Bible. Today’s title is taken from Song of Solomon, a marvelous love poem between Solomon and one of his wives. In chapter 3, she went looking for him and asked the watchman if he had seen Solomon.

One night as I lay in bed, I yearned for my lover.
    I yearned for him, but he did not come.
So I said to myself, “I will get up and roam the city,
    searching in all its streets and squares.
    I will search for the one I love.”
    So I searched everywhere but did not find him.
The watchmen stopped me as they made their rounds,
    and I asked, “Have you seen the one I love?”

The statement is both engaging and ironic to me. It is engaging because his wife was so focused on finding him and was out at night trying to track him down. The stories in the Bible indicate that wandering around the streets and squares of the city at night was not a good idea or a safe place. She really wanted to find him.

The ironic thing to me is that Solomon was the king. Surely his people would know where he was. In today’s world, the president is surrounded by security details everywhere he goes. When he leaves the White House and travels to a city, they map out routes that take the president close to the nearest hospital. They have gallons of his blood type on reserve in these hospitals. They block traffic on streets and airports and everyone waits until the president has left town. It appears that Solomon was out wandering around by himself at night. Crazy.

In any case, she found him and was delighted.

Then scarcely had I left them
    when I found my love!
I caught and held him tightly,
    then I brought him to my mother’s house,
    into my mother’s bed, where I had been conceived.

Promise me, O women of Jerusalem,
    by the gazelles and wild deer,
    not to awaken love until the time is right.

More on Song of Solomon tomorrow.

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