5 0 5 0 0 5:1 Let my beloved come into his garden, etc: Garden, mystically the church of Christ, abounding with fruit, that is, the good works of the elect. 5 1 5 0 0 5:4 My beloved put his hand through the key hole, etc: The spouse of Christ, his church, at times as it were penned up by its persecutors, and in fears, expecting the divine assistance, here signified by his hand: and ver. 6, but he had turned aside and was gone, that is, Christ permitting a further trial of suffering: and again, ver. 7, the keepers, etc., signifying the violent and cruel persecutors of the church taking her veil, despoiling the church of its places of worship and ornaments for the divine service. 5 4 5 0 0 5:10 My beloved, etc: In this and the following verses, the church mystically describes Christ to those who know him not, that is, to infidels in order to convert them to the true faith. 5 10 5 0 0 Content-type: text/html; charset=utf-8
¤ Chapter 5: Christ calls his spouse: she languishes with love: and describes him by his graces.