The Flower of the Field, of the Garden, and of the Bridal Suite

Sermon 47 on The Song of Songs

'I am the flower of the field and the lily of the valleys'. I feel that these words refer to the bride's commendation of the bed for its adornment with flowers. For lest she should commend herself for these flowers, with which the bed was bedecked and the room made beautiful, the Bridegroom states that he is the flower of the field, that the flowers were a product of the field, not of the room. ...

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