Catch Us the Foxes

Song of Solomon 2:14–17 (NKJV)

14 “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
In the secret places of the cliff,
Let me see your face,
Let me hear your voice;
For your voice is sweet,
And your face is lovely.”

HER BROTHERS

15 Catch us the foxes,
The little foxes that spoil the vines,
For our vines have tender grapes.

THE SHULAMITE

16 My beloved is mine, and I am his.
He feeds his flock among the lilies.

(TO HER BELOVED)

17 Until the day breaks
And the shadows flee away,
Turn, my beloved,
And be like a gazelle
Or a young stag
Upon the mountains of Bether.

The Shulamite continues her adoration of her beloved by describing him as a dove in the cleft of the rock.  She even loves to just hear him speak and look at his face.  She is smitten!  She then later declares her devotion to him in saying he is mine and I am his.  She finally describes his athleticism by telling him to run and jump like a gazelle or a deer.  There is some suggestion here that she is sending him away at night because they cannot be together until daytime.

The most well-known Scripture in the passage, though, is the 15th verse.  This Scripture may be the brothers of the Shulamite trying to get their sister to handle the responsibilities of their vineyard, as she has been doing for some time.  However, this is also an analogy of how little things can create big problems.  The little foxes can spoil the vines of the vineyard.  In the same way, little sins, slight slips, stumbles may not seen like a big deal one at a time, but they lead to fissures, leaks, breaks in the vine that cuts off the fruit, lowers productivity, destroys the lifeline to hope.  Don’t let the little sins stack up and create huge problems.  Don’t go down the rabbit hole.  The old famous saying is, “Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”  It is true!

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