The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleSong of Solomon 7:10
I [am] my beloved's…
These are the words of the church,
strongly expressing the assurance of faith she had of her union to
Christ, and interest in him; which shows that "that" grace is
attainable, and that there may be a continuation of the exercise of it;
it may be expressed again and again, as it is by the church in this
Song, (Song of Solomon 2:16) (6:3) ; and that the exercise of it often follows, upon the
enjoyment of Christ's presence, as here, upon his going tap to the palm
tree; and that this grace has no tendency to licentiousness, but
excites to duty, and makes more careful in it, of which (Song of Solomon 7:11) is a
proof, "Come, let us go forth"… Moreover, these words may be
considered as a modest acknowledgment of the church's, that all she
were and had were Christ's, and came from him; all the beauty he had
commended in her; all fruitfulness in grace, and strength in the
exercise of it; her light and knowledge in divine truths; her zeal and
courage to defend them; her upright stature, and holy walk and
conversation, and every good thing else, were owing to his grace. And
here she also makes a voluntary surrender of all to him again; as she
received all from him, she devotes all to him:
and his desire [is] towards me;
and only to her, as his spouse and
bride: it was towards her from everlasting, when he asked her of his
Father, and he gave her to him; and so it was in time, to procure her
salvation; hence he became incarnate, and suffered and died in her
stead: his desire is towards his people before conversion, waiting to
be gracious to them; and, after conversion, to have their company, and
their grace exercised on him, and to behold their beauty; nor will his
desires be fully satisfied until he has got them all with him in glory.
And this phrase not only signifies the conjugal relation of the church
to Christ, he being her husband, and she his wife, the desire of his
eyes, as a wife is called, (Ezekiel 24:16,18) ; but takes in the whole care
and concern of Christ for her, as her husband; who sympathizes with her
under all her distresses; protects her from all dangers and enemies;
and provides everything necessary for her, for time and eternity. Some
render the words, "seeing his desire is towards me" F2; therefore she
expresses her faith in him, and gives up herself to him.
F2 So Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 7:10". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=so&chapter=007&verse=010>. 1999.