The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleSong of Solomon 4:10
How fair is thy love, [my] sister, my spouse!
&c.] Of these
titles, (See Gill on 4:8);
(See Gill on 4:9); and of the love of the church to Christ,
(See Gill on 1:3); here said to be "fair", lovely and delightful,
grateful and acceptable; as it is to Christ, in the several acts and
effects of it, and therefore the word is plural, "thy loves" F18; being
exceeding beautiful in his eye, and extremely well pleasing to him;
therefore says, "how fair!" as admiring it, it being hard to say how
fair it was; and this appears from the large manifestations of Christ's
love to those that love him; and from his causing all things to work
together for the good of such; and from his preparing and laying up
things, unseen and unheard of, for them;
how much better is thy love than wine!
which is saying the same thing
of her love to him she says of his to her, (Song of Solomon 1:2,4) ; her love to
Christ is more pleasant, more cheering, and more acceptable to him,
than the wine of legal sacrifices, or than all burnt offerings; or than
any duty whatever, unless that is the principle from whence it flows,
(Mark 12:33,34) ;
and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!
the same with
Christ's ointments, commended (Song of Solomon 1:3) ; namely, the graces of the
Spirit, which are in Christ without measure, and from him communicated
to his people; and when exercised by them, are very delightful to him,
and preferred by him to "all spices": even to all those used in the
holy anointing oil, typical of them, (Exodus 30:23,24) .
F18 (Kydwd) "amores tui", Pagninus, Montanus…