Song of Songs 8:5b-7

Song of Songs 8:5b-7

5b Under the apple tree I roused you; there your mother conceived you, there she who was in labor gave you birth.
6 Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its ardor unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like the very flame of the Lord.
7 Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned.

The conclusion of Song of Songs, begins with verse five or six and continues through verse fourteen or so a number of sources say. To me it is still this incredibly passionate love poetry to the very end, still it does come to an end here.

Also here is the last mention of the heart in verse six where verse seven simply seems to be a continuation

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its ardor unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like the very flame of the Lord. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned.

The seal being placed over the heart is like the seal of a signet ring [from the Hebrew chowtham] carried at times on a cord around the neck which would place it near the heart. See Genesis 38:18 for the first time such a seal is mentioned albeit under much worse circumstances. Still one may ask why she seeks a seal on her shepherd’s heart and on his arm. The answer is rather forthright as she would never want to be out of his thoughts and would never want to lose the intensity of her love and the joy she has in her love.

This is not unlike the ardent believer in Christ who never wants his or her love and appreciation for Christ to ebb at all. Such a believer knows this is not a simple matter of determination and willpower. As believers, we turn to Jesus to help us, usually in prayer and through the word of God as well as asking the Holy Spirit to be with us, to guide us, to influence us. We know how easy it is to wander away from our love for Jesus even as we desire to remain close to Him.

In the relative ease of our life in the United States, we seldom need Him for our economic well being and all too often let that be our end all. We forget how empty our lives were before we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior and the grace we felt with the forgiveness of our sins. Prayer, His word, fellowship at church can keep our hearts close to His if only we will choose to be close to Him and His heart.