“Is she a wall?” There. I’ve asked it. What’s more, I’m pursuing it! But what in the world am I talking about?! My daughter and Song of Solomon 8:8b-9:
“What shall we do for our sister
on the day when she is spoken for?
If she is a wall,
we will build on her a battlement of silver,
but if she is a door,
we will enclose her with boards of cedar” (Song of Solomon 8:8b-9).
It’s occured to me that my oldest daughter is about the age for this advice—not to be graphic, you can read SS 8:8a, if you’d like—but how can I encourage her, as one godly woman to another, to be a wall?
Any experts or specialists out there on Song of Solomon and this verse/concept? At one point I read an interesting article on it, but now I can’t find it!
I do not want to read into Scripture. At the same time, I think it’s silly simply to equate a wall with a virgin. I need to borrow the Song of Songs Concordia Commentary from my folks this weekend to look into it further. I certainly respect Dr. Mitchell and his work.
I’ve spent a few days on it now and must say I’m having promising ideas. I can incorporate Scriptural imagery, emphasize Christ, flesh out vocation, etc.
Would it be crazy to think I could make a beautiful Christian equivalent to Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go? I would love to prepare something for my five daughters to teach them how I see them as Christian women, who can be faithful, strong, discerning, and a wall!
To be honest, there is a lot on my plate right now. If you could, would you pray for me and this one? It’s intimidating to raise a Christian girl in this fallen world.
PS. Does it matter if I call it Song of Songs or Song of Solomon? I never know.