Reference: Solomon, Song Of
called also, after the Vulgate, the "Canticles." It is the "song of songs" (Song 1:1), as being the finest and most precious of its kind; the noblest song, "das Hohelied," as Luther calls it. The Solomonic authorship of this book has been called in question, but evidences, both internal and external, fairly establish the traditional view that it is the product of Solomon's pen. It is an allegorical poem setting forth the mutual love of Christ and the Church, under the emblem of the bridegroom and the bride. (Compare Mt 9:15; Joh 3:29; Eph 5:23,27,29; 9/7/type/wesley'>Re 19:7-9; 21:2,9; 22:1.)
And Jesus said, Can the children of the bride-chamber mourn, as long as the bride-groom is with them? But the days will come, when the bride-groom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
He that hath the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly, because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
For the husband is head of the wife, as Christ also is head of the church:
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, that it may be holy and unblamable.
Now no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also the Lord the church.
Let us be glad and rejoice and give the glory to him; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And it is given to her, to be arrayed in fine linen, white and clean; the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints. read more. And he saith to me, Write: Happy are they who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith to me, These are the true sayings of God.
And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride, adorned for her husband.
And there came one of the seven angels that had the seven phials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.