Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine has budded, whether the grape blossoms have opened, and the pomegranates are in bloom: there will I give you my loves.
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Next the spread of faith in Christ is described. It began in Jerusalem, and from there it was dispersed to other parts of the world just as Isaiah prophesied in 2:3: "For the law shall come forth from Sion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." Christ himself told his apostles in Acts 1:8: "You shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth." This is what the bride is asking for here, when she says, Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field, by spreading the faith throughout the world. Let us abide in the villages by building churches in cities and villages. (Nicholas of Lyra)