The Song of Solomon and the Proverbs of Solomon

Christopher W. Mitchell, in his outstanding commentary on the Song of Songs, makes this insightful suggestion on the interpretation of Song of Songs 8:1-2:

The Song itself may be a canonical counterpart to Proverbs. Just as Proverbs is wisdom for all the faithful, especially for fathers to teach their sons, so also the Song is wisdom for all the faithful and is especially pertinent for mothers to teach their daughters.

There is of course lots for fathers and sons (and daughters) in the Song of Songs and lots for mothers and daughters (and sons) in Proverbs. Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!


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