Found lover (Song 3:4-3:4)

Female lover

“Scarcely had I passed the sentinels,

When I found him

Whom my soul loves.

I held him.

I would not let him go

Until I had brought him

Into my mother’s house.

I brought him

Into the chamber

Of her that conceived me.”

This female lover finds her male lover but does not say where he was found. It was right after she had met the sentinel watchmen. However, she would not let him go. She brought him to her mother’s house into the room where she had been conceived. This is a strong move by woman driven by love.

David asks Yahweh to listen to him (Ps 4:1-4:1)

To the choirmaster leader, with stringed instruments, a psalm of David.

Answer me!

When I call,

O God of my right!

You gave me room

When I was in distress.

Be gracious to me,

Hear my prayer.”

This Psalm 4 has a leader or choirmaster in charge with stringed instruments used. This is also a psalm of David, but without any particular circumstances. It is a cry for help or a lament. David wanted God to answer him. God gave him room when he was upset. He wanted God to pity him or be gracious to him. The biggest thing is that he wanted God to hear his prayer.

Tobias and Sarah pray on their wedding night (Tob 8:4-8:5)

When the parents had gone out and shut the door of the room, as the two were alone, Tobias got out of bed and said to Sarah.

‘Sister, get up!

Let us pray and implore our Lord

That he may grant us mercy and safety.’

So she got up. They began to pray and implore that they might be kept safe.”

Now that Tobias had sent the demon fleeing because of the fish smell, Tobias and Sarah were alone in the bedroom. Tobias told Sarah, his new wife, to get up and pray so that they might be safe. He wanted God’s mercy. She did and they began to pray. You can see why many preachers would use this passage as an example for newlyweds.