Skip ahead to chapter 6 verse 8. Sixty wives and eighty concubines. Where did they come from? In their society they were allowed to have multiple wives. One reason for this was because of all the wars they had. There would be a shortage of men because so many of them were killed in battle. Their culture dealt with this be letting men marry multiple wives. The richer men could afford to feed and clothe the extra wives. Solomon as king could afford to feed and clothe many women. Another common practice was for kings to sign peace treaties and give a daughter to the king as one of his wives. Solomon picked up many wives this way. A queen had many rights as a wife. He also had concubines. These were women who were pledged to him to provide sexual pleasure. He would provide for them, and they were available when he wanted them to keep him company. At this point there are 60 wives and 80 concubines. Solomon ended up with 1000 women combined between wives and concubines. So this relationship would have been early in his reign. It could be that Song of Solomon presents one time when he tried to have a mutual love with one women. We don’t know that. We do know that his wives lead him astray after other gods. That God told him he would let him remain king, but that he would take most of the kingdom away from his son. What happened to this girl? Did she die early? Did he just lose interest in her? Did she lose interest in him? We don’t have answers to any of these questions.
The Bible doesn’t provide us with cleaned up stories, where the good guys are always good, and things always work out for the good guys. That is part of what helps show that the Bible is God’s word. The leaders are shown with strengths and weaknesses.
I personal feeling is that I would like the guy in Song of Solomon to not be Solomon. It would be neater and cleaner, and easier to explain. But there are too many things that point to Solomon. He had riches, he had wisdom, he had power. But most of what he wrote for us tells us what not to do. He wrote 1005 songs. Song of Solomon is a series of songs blended together into one song. I don’t know how many of the 1005 it account for, but it is the one that we way. Why? Because it is the one that tells us how great love, sex, romance, marriage and relationship between an man and a woman can be.