â€œBehold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.â€ (Song of Solomon 1:16)
These words beginÂ King Solomonâ€™s tender expressions of love to his beautiful young wife. Solomon wrote a thousand and five songs (1 Kings 4:32), but apparently this was his favorite, for he called it his â€œsong of songsâ€ (Song 1:1), and it clearly centered on his beloved, whom he called â€œmy sister, my spouseâ€ no less than four times (Song 4:9-12; 5:1), thereby intimating both their spiritual and marital relationship.
Rehoboam was Solomonâ€™s only son, as far as recorded, and his motherâ€™s name was Naamah (2 Chronicles 12:13), meaning â€œpleasant.â€ Since he was 41 years old when he inherited Solomonâ€™s throne and since Solomon had only reigned 40 years (2 Chronicles 9:30), the marriage of Solomon and Naamah must have been formalized when Solomon was quite young, long before he was married to Pharoahâ€™s daughter or any of his other 700 wives. Naamah was then and always his one real love, in spite of his spiritual defections in old age. His counsel to young men near the end of his life was: â€œLive joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days . . . of thy vanityâ€ (Ecclesiastes 9:9).
Note that Solomon called her â€œfairâ€ and â€œbelovedâ€ in our text, and then â€œpleasant.â€ The Hebrew word for â€œpleasantâ€ is very similar to â€œNaamah,â€ as though Solomon were calling her by a shortened form of her name as a term of endearment. The same word is occasionally translated â€œsweet.â€ Naamah was surely a sweet, pleasant maiden, but also a capable woman in mind and heart, fit to become a queen.
Solomonâ€™s song for and about her is an inspired ode to true marital love and thus can even be a figurative testimony to the love of Christ, the â€œgreater than Solomon,â€ for His church. HMM