The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleSong of Solomon 8:9
If she [be] a wall…
Built upon a sure foundation; and
firmly established in her faith on Christ, and love to him; and is
constant therein, and stands as a wall against the attacks of enemies
we will build upon her a palace of silver;
though at first but as a
side wall, yet should become a complete habitation, even a palace for
Christ, the King of kings, and, being designed for so illustrious an
inhabitant, should be a "silver" one, denoting its worth, value, and
splendour; the builders of it are the church and her ministers; though
Christ is the principal builder, (Zechariah 6:12,15) (Psalms 127:1) . Or, "a tower
of silver" F3, signifying, that she should be well fortified, and be
put into a posture of defence against her enemies: the Gentile church
at first had but a very small appearance of a building, a foundation
just laid, a side wall erected; but, in a short time, a noble
structure, a stately tower, a silver palace, were built for God;
and if she [be] a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar;
the door of the Gospel was opened among the Gentiles, it should be
succeeded to the building a holy temple to the Lord; which should be
not only ornamented, but so well fenced, that it should not be in the
power of their enemies to deface and demolish it: or if the door of
their hearts was opened, to receive Christ, and his glorious train of
grace, they should be adorned and beautified with a larger measure of
them; or if being come into a church state, and the door of it was set
open to receive good men, and exclude bad men, this would be to their
honour comfort and safety: or this phrase is expressive of the
finishing of the building, the gate or door being set up; though it
rather seems to intend the low and mean estate of the Gentile church at
first, when there was but little appearance of a building, only a door
set up; which afterwards grew up into a stately and magnificent palace,
like that of Solomon's, built of cedar boards of the wood of Lebanon;
which may denote her fragrancy, perpetuity, and incorruptibleness.
F2 So Ajax is called the wall of the Grecians, Homer. Iliad. 6. v. 5.
& 7. v. 211.
F3 (Pok tryj) "propugnaculum argenteum", Tigurine version; "arcem
argenteam", Mercerus; "castellum argenti", Michaelis.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 8:9". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=so&chapter=008&verse=009>. 1999.