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Solomon a type of Christ. Chap.i. able living under their owne Vine and Fig-tree. The love of the upright to him continued all his time, even when his wives, and hollow-hearted subjects flattered him, and enticed him to toleration of Idolatrie.
But consider further , that Solomon, when hee is here set forth as the desire, praise, and blessednesse of all his people,
he is then a type of Christ, greater then Verse 2: Solomon ; whose heavenly fellowship and
instruction, the Church desires above wine: whose graces are excellent, and procuring him love and renowne, of whom the Church prayeth to be drawn, and who leadeth us to fellowship with God in holy worship; whom therefore the people rejoyce in, and remember his love above wine:the upright love him.
This; frít doth shew us the happy estate of a Church or Common-wealth, when men of place' labour' not for preferments or worldly profits, for honour or long life', but for wife and understanding hearts, that may go in and out before the people in their callings ; when they desire to be killed with the kisses of Gods mouth, that he would breath into them
Chap.1. How to get a good name.
Secondly, this sheweth what procures a Magistrate love and reputation ; when, being inriched with Gods graces, as sweet oyntments , hee manifesteth the sweet favour thereof in all his adminiftrations. If any man desire a good name,if any man desires love and respect, chit is the way to get it; fill your hearts with the good gifts and graces
of God; let Gods grace shew forth it felfe in your speeches in your answers, in your praci. ces; this oyntment will be stronger to get a good name, other noysom thing to hinder it. The Virgins will love you for they rejoyce at your faith ; f And Hebis 1.2 by faith our elders were well reported of. By these,Solomon got a good name all the world over.
Thirdly, this is to teach a Magistrate ule 3. to draw on the people to holy duties, by all meanes he can, by his Proclamations, Lawes, and Examples.
Fourthly, to thew that the greatest used: comfort of subjects, and the strongest love to knit them in all hearty affections to their Prince, is his forwardnesse in drawing them on, and leading them an
How the Church is black. Chap.1. end to the holy duties of Gods worship. :-Draw me, and I will runne after thee.] If Solomon once be drawne, all the people will come after rejoycing, when they fhall see the Magistrate come.
Fifthly, to thew us a signe of a true spouse of Christzfuch a one preferreth fellowship with him above all things, delighting in his company, in his ordinances. Thus did Paal, di count all things loffe
and droffe for Christ. So David, whom e Psal.73. have I in heaven but thee.? Text Ver. I am blacke, yet comely, obc.
In these verses is described the estate of the Church.
First, of Ifrael and Judah, in the last dayes of Solomon , and then of Rehoboam. . Secondly, bf Judah alone.
Thirdly, of Israel alone after the Ver.7, & Apostafie of the ten tribes. Verse 9.
Fourthly, of Judah alone, in respect of his civill condition under the service of the King of Egypt.
I am blacke, ha.] The Church is set forth by a double adjunction, the one contrary to the other'; I am black; yet comely, and both these by comparison: First, black, as the texts of Kedar.
Chap.i. How the Church is black.
23 Secondly, comely, as the curtaines or hangings of Solomon.
First, black, by the fall of Solomon g. & 1 King Secondly, by the folly of Rehoboam b, 6 i King Thirdly, 1. By Profanenesse. 2. By Schisme. 3. By Apoftafie.
i Kin. 12. 4. By the Rebellion of the ten tribes i.
16,18,19. Yet comely,]
Comely First, by the present purity of Gods ordinances in the Templek.
k Pfal.48. Secondly, the constancy of the up-2 Chr.13. right in cleaving to God,co che King, to 10,-12, the house of God, and David; the which was done in profession by whole Judah and Benjamin, and the Ifraelites inhabiting in the Cities of Judah, but in truth, by the upright! : Tee Daughters of Ferufalem , &c.] 17,20, 83. Children of the Church are called Daughters rather then Sons, as being prepared as a pure Virgin for Christ their husband m
m2 Cor. - 1s the tents of Kedar, c.] That is, 11.2. of the Arabians, who were called Scenith, or Nomede, for that they wandred up and downe, feeding their flockes in
1 Kin, 12.
What meant by the Sunne. Chap.I. degrees though they made her the keeper
of the vineyards. Verse 6, Look not upon me. ] That is,
First, with a scorching eye, Sun-burning me, making me still more blacke by your disdaine and separation; as the Sun is said to looke upon, that is, with a scorching eye.
Secondly, with a piercing eye, as the o Job 38.7 Vultures doe, whereof fob fpeakerho,
using the same word here used ofthe Sun, which spieth out what he may fasten upon, any corruption or carrion.
The Sunne.] That is, God P hath lookpPfal.34. ed upon me with a scorching eye, in dif
pleasure ; for he was angry with Solomon. q:Kin.!! It came not by chance,or cirill causes in 9.& 12:24 | polity, but by divine procurement; and
therefore the daughters of Jerusalem to make füchan use of ir as not to alienate themselves the more from God by it: that which cometh from God should draw us ncerer to God; He did it to set us more Kings in the Common-wealth, as Solomon had more Gods in the Church.
The sonnes of my mother were angry with
mel.] That is, the ten tribes were offen1. King ded: 1 yea this anger ofthe tribes was ex