Daily Scripture Reading September 6th
King James Bible – The Holy Bible
Song of Solomon 1:1-17 (KJB)
The song of songs, which is Solomon’s. 2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. 3 Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee. 4 Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee. 5 I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. 6 Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept. 7 Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions? 8 If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds’ tents. 9 I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh’s chariots. 10 Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold. 11 We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver. 12 While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof. 13 A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts. 14 My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of En-gedi. 15 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes. 16 Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green. 17 The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.
Song of Solomon 2:1-17 (KJB)
I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. 2 As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. 3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. 4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. 5 Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love. 6 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me. 7 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please. 8 The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. 9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice. 10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. 11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; 13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. 14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely. 15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. 16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies. 17 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.
Song of Solomon 3:1-11 (KJB)
By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. 2 I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. 3 The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? 4 It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me. 5 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please. 6 Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant? 7 Behold his bed, which is Solomon’s; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel. 8 They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night. 9 King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon. 10 He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem. 11 Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.
Song of Solomon 4:1-16 (KJB)
Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead. 2 Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them. 3 Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks. 4 Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men. 5 Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies. 6 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense. 7 Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee. 8 Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards. 9 Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck. 10 How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices! 11 Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon. 12 A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. 13 Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard, 14 Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices: 15 A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon. 16 Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.
2 Corinthians 8:16-24 (KJB)
But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you. 17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you. 18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; 19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind: 20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us: 21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you. 23 Whether any do inquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be inquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ. 24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.
Psalm 50:1-23 (KJB)
A Psalm of Asaph. The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined. 3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. 4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. 5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. 6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah. 7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God. 8 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me. 9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds. 10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. 11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. 13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? 14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: 15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. 16 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? 17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee. 18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. 19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. 20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son. 21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. 22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. 23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
Proverbs 22:22-23 (KJB)
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: 23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
Song of Solomon
* KEY WORD–“LOVE.”
* KEY VERSE–Song 2:4.
* KEY PHRASE–“GOD’S LOVE FOR ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH.”
In the East, the physical charms of lovers are described minutely without any thought of vulgarity. In this book, one is on holy ground; pray for spiritual understanding!
Remember that it is made up of conversations between the bridegroom and the bride, and between the bride and her attendants. As you read keep the various speakers distinct in your mind.
NAME–This book is called the Song of Solomon because Solomon is the author and hero of it.
TIME OF WRITING–About 1000 B. C.
PURPOSE–To show in the changeless devotion of the bridegroom and the bride, the love of Jehovah for Israel, and of Christ for the church.
The Bride’s Rapture.
The bride is a beautiful Shulamite maiden. So called because she was the descendant of Shulam, who was a son of Dan. Shulamith, the bride, is awaiting the arrival of her lover, and, surrounded by a chorus of ladies, pours out her rapture and longing, which is responded to by her admiring companions, Song 1:1-8. The royal lover appears, and the rapturous joy of mutual delight is poured out in the banqueting house, Song 1:9-2:7, closing with a song of serene contentment, addressed by the bride to her companion, Song 2:7. In the rapture of the new-found love, the bride tells how her loved one wooed her, and how their love was mingled with the loveliness of opening spring and summer. How her heart longed for him until he was found, and when found, she was not
willing to let him go, Song 3:5.
LESSON–The rapture of the bride for the bridegroom reminds us of the loving intercourse between Israel and Jehovah, and between the church and the heavenly Bridegroom. Some of the noblest religious souls have expressed their love in the fervent words of this Song of Songs, In this parable of love, we have a king seeking and wooing a bride in her humble home in the mountains. Thus the King of Kings left his glory-throne to seek and win the church for his bride. He despised not stable nor manger. He has sought the lowest and neediest, “My friend, my fair one rise up, and come away.” His love covers the multitude of our sins. He calls us “fair” and makes us fair. Then comes the rapturous utterance, “My beloved is mine and I am His,” Song 2:16.
Christ is ours.
1. Because of the free gift of Himself “He loved me and gave Himself for me.”
2. He is ours if we believingly take Him to ourselves, for faith has marvellous power.
3. He is ours if we joyfully realize His life to us. Many fail right here. A child will cry even in its mother’s arms. But the arms are all the same. It is unspeakably blessed to realize all that Christ is
to our souls.
Every Christian is Christ’s.
1. By creation. “It is He that hath made us,” Ps 100.
2. By the purchase of His blood.
3. By the conquest of His spirit.
To the believing, Christ-loving soul, He is the “Rose of Sharon, and the Lily of the Valley, the chief among ten thousand.” Those who have found him and know Him with real spiritual knowledge, count other objects of human desire as nothing in comparison with Him! “What things were gain to me,” says Paul, “those I counted loss for Christ!”
Then let us again:–
1. Make a definite dedication of ourselves to Christ.
2. Be very careful not to offend Him in our conduct.
3. Prove our devotion by obedience to His commands.
4. Defend Him and His cause against all His present-day enemies.
5. Seek to extend His kingdom from shore to shore.
The Collection for Famine-Stricken Christians
2Co 8; 9.
In 2Co 8; Paul reminds the brethren at Corinth of the liberality of the Macedonian churches to the Palestine famine fund. Although poor they begged an opportunity to give, and gave beyond their power, because they first gave themselves to the Lord. He therefore urges the Corinthians to excel not only in faith, teaching and earnestness but also in the spiritual gift of giving, following the
example of our Lord, 2Co 8; 9. They were the first to start the offering for their Jewish brothers, now they are asked to complete it that Paul’s praise of them to the other churches may be justified. Let each one give, not grudgingly, but cheerfully and liberally, and God will enrich with spiritual graces, and material supplies to repay gifts made to Him. These gifts will strengthen the ties of brotherhood between the Jewish and Gentile Christians. Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift!
LESSONS–The Macedonian churches, were shining examples of the grace of giving, for:–
1. They gave out of deep poverty, 2Co 8:2.
2. They gave largely, 2Co 8:3.
3. They gave spontaneously, of their own accord, without being begged, 2Co 8:3.
4. They counted it a privilege to give and gave with much joy, 2 Corinthians 8:4; and
5. All this was because they first gave their own selves to the Lord.
An earnest Christian says, “Four years ago I was to spend the day in a large city. Before starting I said to my invalid sister now in glory, Can I buy anything for you, dear? I do want so much to bring you something from the city.’ With a look full of meaning, she said, Nothing, dear. Do not bring anything. I only want you. Come home as soon as you can!'” This is what the Saviour desires. He knows that if He gets our love, He gets ourselves and our service. The important problems of tithing and stewardship will be solved when we first give our own selves unto the Lord.