Song of Solomon 7

Song of Solomon 7

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  How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
    O noble daughter!
  Your rounded thighs are like jewels,
    the work of a master hand.
  Your navel is a rounded bowl
    that never lacks mixed wine.
  Your belly is a heap of wheat,
    encircled with lilies.
  Your two breasts are like two fawns,
    twins of a gazelle.
  Your neck is like an ivory tower.
  Your eyes are pools in Heshbon,
    by the gate of Bath-rabbim.
  Your nose is like a tower of Lebanon,
    which looks toward Damascus.
  Your head crowns you like Carmel,
    and your flowing locks are like purple;
    a king is held captive in the tresses.
  How beautiful and pleasant you are,
    O loved one, with all your delights!
  Your stature is like a palm tree,
    and your breasts are like its clusters.
  I say I will climb the palm tree
    and lay hold of its fruit.
  Oh may your breasts be like clusters of the vine,
    and the scent of your breath like apples,
  and your mouth like the best wine.

She

  It goes down smoothly for my beloved,
    gliding over lips and teeth.
  I am my beloved’s,
    and his desire is for me.

The Bride Gives Her Love

  Come, my beloved,
    let us go out into the fields
    and lodge in the villages;
  let us go out early to the vineyards
    and see whether the vines have budded,
  whether the grape blossoms have opened
    and the pomegranates are in bloom.
  There I will give you my love.
  The mandrakes give forth fragrance,
    and beside our doors are all choice fruits,
  new as well as old,
    which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.

(ESV)


Song of Solomon 7 Commentary

by Hank Workman

It’s a chapter that would cause one to blush.  In intimate detail, Solomon describes his wife.  This is the third time he has done so.  The first came in chapter 4 in the context of their wedding night.  He praised his bride before she gave herself to him.  The second is found in chapter 6 as they restore their relationship after a conflict.  He assures her she is just as beautiful at this point as she was on their wedding night. 

The third is found here and possibly is more of a public description assuring her of the beauty she holds. Of course, there are conflicting ideas about this.  For with such detail it almost seems impossible he would describe her this way.

This chapter alone has been one thought of wrestling for many in the view of God and sex.  Puritan commentator John Trapp absolutely could not come to grips with how to deal with this.  He chose to approach it as a spiritual allegory reckoning the navel as baptism that fed newborn babies in the womb, which is the church.  He also found a place to talk about the Lord’s Supper being found here.

Yet, the reality is, God created one another for intimacy.  The idea of sex does not shock nor does He keep it under wraps per se.  He is the creator of it.  So if anything this shows the beauty of celebrating one another’s bodies as God intended.

“Whereas the wedding night focused on the purpose of sex as the consummation of marriage, this night focuses on the purpose of sex as nourishment of the marriage.  As they fell asleep the last kiss lingered in each other’s minds like the aftertaste of good wine.  What an enchanting picture of the sleeping couple.”

Glickman

For the married couple, this is a chapter to celebrate your love for one another through all acts and words praising the other for their beauty.


Song of Solomon 7 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

In today’s culture, being liberated is often defined as being free from marriage. Many today would rather scrap the old marriage and move on to something new and exciting. But in Song of Solomon 7, we find that true freedom and joy are not found in one’s self (outside of marriage), but rather, within the security of an honest and intimate relationship.

It could be said that liberation actually happens within a marriage, not outside of it. Within marriage, some of our greatest desires are met. We read this in verse 10.

I belong to my lover, and he desires me.

Song of Solomon 7:10 GNB

That word for desire comes from the Hebrew word tĕshuwqah. It is a feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state. It’s an extremely powerful and attractive word that describes the deepest desires of our hearts. Inside marriage, we experience a deep connection that is representative of the relationship we have with Jesus.

At the end of the chapter, the bride wishes to go with the bridegroom to the countryside. It has been speculated that the bridegroom would rise early in the morning and leave his bride to go into the country. He would leave to allow her to sleep and would command his companions not to wake her until she was ready to get up. In this case, however, the bride wants to rise early with her bridegroom and follow him into the country where they will share their love.

The picture being painted here is intimacy and desire. Do we have this kind of crazy love relationship with Jesus? Do we desire to be wherever He is and go wherever He goes? Do we find that our deepest desires are met with total satisfaction in His presence? How is your love life with Jesus lately?

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