The Brides Beauty is Praised
Verse 1 – Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove’s yes behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats, going down from Mount Gilead.
Verse 2 – Your teeth are like a flock of shorn sheep which have come up from washing, every one which bears twins, and none is barren among them.
These two verse made me laugh. We have to keep in mind that this is a different culture and time than ours. Can you imagine your husband on your wedding night telling you “Your hair is like a flock of goats?” Or complimenting you on your teeth, because none are missing? I’m not making fun, just thought it was humorous.
Verse 3 – Your lips are like a strand of scarlet, and your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil are like a piece of pomegranate.
Verse 4 – Your neck is the tower of David, built for an armory, on which hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.
Verse 5 – Your breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle, which feed among the lilies.
Verse 6 – Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, I will go my way to the mountain of myrrh and to the hill of frankincense.
Verse 7 – You are fair, my love, and there is no spot in you.
Verse 8 – Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon. Look from the top of Amana, from the top of Senir and Hermon, from the lion’s den, from the mountains of the leopards.
Solomon is saying Shulamite has no imperfections. Both inward and outward, she is perfect. He is praising both her beauty and character.
Verse 9 – You have ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; you have ravished my heart with one look of your eyes, with one link of your necklace.
Verse 10 – How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! How much better than wine is your love, and the scent of your perfume than all spices!
The phrase, “My sister, my spouse”, is implying, a bond as close as that of Adam and Eve.
Verse 11 – Your lips, O my spouse, drips as the honeycomb; honey and milk are under your tongue; and the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
Verse 12 – A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse, a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
Solomon is referring to her virginity.
Verse 13 – Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with pleasant fruits, fragrant henna with spikenard,
Verse 14 – Spikenard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices –
Verse 15 – A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.
Verse 16 – Awake, O North wind, and come, O south! Blow up my garden that its spices may flow out. Let my beloved come to his garden and eat its pleasant fruits.
The bride’s brief reply, declaring her affection for the king and willingness to belong to only him.