The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleSong of Solomon 1:11
We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.
Christ here in his own name, and in the name of the other two divine
Persons, promises to the church a greater glory than as yet she had
enjoyed; and seems to have respect to the Gospel dispensation; for by
"golden borders" studded with "silver" may be meant the ordinances of
the Gospel, preferable to those under the law; and therefore said to
be of "gold [and] silver", for their glory, splendour, and durableness:
or else the doctrines of the Gospel, being of more worth than thousands
of gold and silver; and being called "borders", or rather "rows" F5,
may denote their orderly disposition and connection, their harmony and
agreement with and dependence on each other: and the Gospel is full of
silver "specks" or "studs" of exceeding great and precious promises; a
variety of them useful and pleasant; a greater measure of the grace of
the Spirit may be here promised: or the "borders" may intend the
groundwork of the church's faith and hope, the justifying righteousness
of Christ, more clearly revealed; and the "studs of silver" the curious
work of sanctification, more enlarged and increased; and so take in
both Christ's righteousness imputed to her, and his grace implanted in
her; but perhaps these phrases may be best of all understood of the New
Jerusalem state, and of the ultimate glory of the saints in heaven,
sometimes set forth by such similes, (Isaiah 54:11,12) (Revelation 21:18,19,21) .
Both grace and glory are given by Christ, and in which all the three
divine Persons are concerned; for not angels, nor the daughters of
Jerusalem, are here the speakers, to whom such things promised cannot
agree; nor God, speaking after the manner of men, and for honour's
sake, is designed: but the trinity of Persons, Father, Son, and Spirit,
are meant; the ordinances are of their institution, and administered in
their name, (Matthew 28:19) ; they have all a concern it, the Gospel and the
doctrines of it, which is called the Gospel of God, and the Gospel, of
Christ, and the ministering of the Spirit; the grace of God, in
regeneration and conversion, is sometimes ascribed to one and sometimes
to another; and an increase of it in the heart is wished for from all
three, (Revelation 1:4) ; and they have a hand in all the glory the saints shall
enjoy hereafter: the Father has prepared the kingdom from the
foundation of the world; the Son has made way for it by his obedience,
sufferings, and death; and the Spirit is the earnest of it, makes meet
for it, and introduces into it.
F5 (yrwt) "ordines", Marckius, Michaelis.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 1:11". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=so&chapter=001&verse=011>. 1999.