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The spouse of Christ is but one: she is fair and terrible.

[1] My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the bed of aromatical spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies. [2] I to my beloved, and my beloved to me, who feedeth among the lilies. [3] Thou art beautiful, O my love, sweet and comely as Jerusalem: terrible as an army set in array. [4] Turn away thy eyes from me, for they have made me flee away. Thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from Galaad. [5] Thy teeth as a flock of sheep, which come up from the washing, all with twins, and there is none barren among them.

[1] "My beloved is gone down into his garden": Christ, pleased with the good works of his holy and devout servants labouring in his garden, is always present with them: but the words is gone down, are to be understood, that after trying his Church by permitting persecution, he comes to her assistance and she rejoices at his coming.

[6] Thy cheeks are as the bark of a pomegranate, beside what is hidden within thee. [7] There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and young maidens without number.

[9] Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array? [10] I went down into the garden of nuts, to see the fruits of the valleys, and to look if the vineyard had flourished, and the pomegranates budded.

[8] "One is my dove": That is, my church is one, and she only is perfect and blessed.

[9] "Who is she": Here is a beautiful metaphor describing the church from the beginning. As, the morning rising, signifying the church before the written law; fair as the moon, shewing her under the light of the gospel: and terrible as an army, the power of Christ's church against its enemies.

[11] I knew not: my soul troubled me for the chariots of Aminadab. [12] Return, return, O Sulamitess: return, return that we may behold thee.

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