Songs 1:7, 8
Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, where you feed, where you make your flock to rest at noon…
As the beloved maiden or bride seeks her shepherd lover who is yet the king, she makes use of language which gives an insight into pastoral duty and care, and which serves to suggest the relations borne by the flock to the good Shepherd who gave his life for the sheep.
I. THE GOOD SHEPHERD FEEDS THE FLOCK.
II. THE GOOD SHEPHERD PROVIDES NOONDAY REST FOR THE FLOCK.
III. THE GOOD SHEPHERD PROTECTS THE FLOCK, KEEPING HIS SHEEP NEAR THE WELL-GUARDED TENTS.
IV. THE GOOD SHEPHERD GUIDES HIS SHEEP, LEADING THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FLOCK ACCORDING TO HIS OWN KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM.
V. THE GOOD SHEPHERD CARES FOR THE KIDS - THE YOUNG OF THE FLOCK. - T.
Parallel VersesKJV: Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?