Although many people think that “Rose of Sharon” and “Lily of the valleys” are names of Jesus, they are not. The two titles occur in a verse in the Song of Solomon (which is also called the Song of Songs or Canticles). When the Hebrew text is read carefully, it is clear that the bride is speaking of herself, not the bridegroom.
In her classic devotional on the Song of Songs, Jeanne Guyon (1648–1717) identified the bridegroom with the “Rose of Sharon” and the “Lily of the Valleys.” Some other writers have continued to apply the names allegorically to Jesus (Yeshua‘).1
Rose of Sharon in Hebrew:
Strong’s Concordance numbers: 2261, 8289
Bible reference: Song 2:1
I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. (Song of Songs 2:1 KJV)
- Adapted from The Name Quest – explore the names of God to grow in faith and get to know Him better, by John Avery (Morgan James Publishing, 2014). [↩]