4:1 Behold, thou [art] a fair, my love; behold, thou [art] fair; thou [hast] doves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair [is] as a b flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.
(a) Because Christ delights in his Church, he
commends all that is in her.
(b) He has respect for the multitude of the
faithful, which are many in number.
Thy two c breasts [are] like two young
roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies.
(c) In which are knowledge and zeal two precious
Come with me from Lebanon, [my] spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from the top
of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions' dens, from the
mountains of the leopards.
(d) Christ promises his Church to call his
faithful from all the corners of the world.
4:9 Thou hast ravished my heart, my e
sister, [my] spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thy f
eyes, with one chain of thy neck.
(e) Christ calls his Church sister in respect
that he had taken the flesh of man.
(f) In that he made his Church beautiful and
rich, he loved his gifts in her.
4:11 Thy g
lips, O [my] spouse, drop [as] the honeycomb: honey and milk [are] under thy
tongue; and the scent of thy garments [is] like the fragrance of Lebanon.
(g) Because of your confession and thanksgiving.
h A fountain of gardens, a well of
living waters, and streams from Lebanon.
(h) The Church confesses that all her glory and
beauty comes from Christ who is the true fountain of all grace.
4:16 Awake, O i
north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, [that] its spices may
flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.
(i) She desires Christ to comfort her and to pour
the graces of his Spirit on her, which is meant by the North and South wind.