4 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.
4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.
4 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.
4 Oh, let me warn you, sisters in Jerusalem: Don't excite love, don't stir it up, until the time is ripe - and you're ready. The Chorus
4 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, Do not stir up nor awaken love Until it pleases.
4 Promise me, OÂ women of Jerusalem, not to awaken love until the time is right.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Song of Solomon 8:4
Commentary on Song of Solomon 8:1-4
(Read Song of Solomon 8:1-4)
The church wishes for the constant intimacy and freedom with the Lord Jesus that a sister has with a brother. That they might be as his brethren, which they are, when by grace they are made partakers of a Divine nature. Christ is become as our Brother; wherever we find him, let us be ready to own our relation to him, and affection for him, and not fear being despised for it. Is there in us an ardent wish to serve Christ more and better? What then have we laid up in store, to show our affection to the Beloved of our souls? What fruit unto holiness? The church charges all her children that they never provoke Christ to withdraw. We should reason with ourselves, when tempted to do what would grieve the Spirit.