He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
The Song of Solomon 2:4 ESV
I thought I knew this verse. I used to sing a song about it. But this version surprised me so I did a word study.
First of all the word translated ‘banqueting’ really means intoxicating wine, while what I thought was the word ‘table’ does indeed mean house or household. The word ‘banner’ is always translated ‘standard,’ especially meaning military standard, the flag being the rallying point for the troops or tribes.
So, remembering the context of the bride with her lover…
He brings me into his home of intoxication…
His military standard in battle is Love.
Just one train thought out of many… Could it depict the union between man and wife as a mirror of Jesus and His Bride, with the intoxicating Love between the two as a rallying point in the battle against the enemy.