1:9 – Can Being Compared to a Horse Ever be a Good Thing ???
Scripture Text: Song of Solomon 1:9
Seems like we jump forward.
They are up in the hills.
Their conversation can be private, but their actions are in plain sight to many people.
They aren’t neglecting their work.
They are using the typical break in the middle of the day.
They appear to be resting near some trees.
This one went right past this city boy:
“A mare harnessed to one of the chariots of Pharaoh”
Only stallions were used for pulling chariots.
Several times in ancient history class I heard a story like this:
Someone in the army tries to mix a mare in with the stallions of the opposing army to cause confusion among the horses. Sometimes a mare in heat was used.
The stallions who would face war and spears and arrows and not turn aside would get all excited and forget what they were supposed to do if a mare was on the battle field. Someone in the story would usually kill the mare to save the day for the army because they knew what kind of trouble this would be.
So the guy calls her my darling: special name = couple
When he compares her to a horse that would pull one of Pharaohs chariots, he is referring to her as one of the best. He is still thinking back about her wandering around among his friends. He is paying a huge compliment to her although in our society guys would do better using a different analogy. The basic thought is the same – you are so hot that you would stir all the guys up.
The next passage is Song of Solomon 1:10-11.