Solomon beholds the woman’s beauty. She initiates a sexual encounter. Their sexuality is not one-sided. When they are both ready, that is when it happens.
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VERSE 1. How beautiful are your feet in sandals, prince’s daughter! Your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a skillful workman.
NLT translation: Your navel is perfectly formed like a goblet filled with mixed wine. Between your thighs lies a mound of wheat bordered with lilies.
Between your thighs. Many Christians say that the Song of Songs is not about the erotic relationship between lovers. Rather, they assert that its about Christ’s love for his Church. However, can you imagine Jesus Christ talking to the church about her genitals between her legs.
a mound of wheat. Probably a reference to her mons pubis.
bordered with lilies. In the Song of Songs, the word “lilies” is a nickname for her labia.
VERSE 3. Your two breasts are like two fawns, that are twins of a roe.
VERSE 4. Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are like the pools in Heshbon by the gate of Bathrabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon which looks toward Damascus.
VERSE 5. Your head on you is like Carmel. The hair of your head like purple. The king is held captive in its tresses.
VERSE 6. How beautiful and how pleasant you are, love, for delights!
VERSE 7. This, your stature, is like a palm tree, your breasts like its fruit.
VERSE 8. I said, “I will climb up into the palm tree. I will take hold of its fruit.” Let your breasts be like clusters of the vine, the smell of your breath like apples,
VERSE 9. Your mouth like the best wine, that goes down smoothly for my beloved, gliding through the lips of those who are asleep.
VERSE 10. I am my beloved’s. His desire is toward me.
VERSE 11. Come, my beloved! Let’s go out into the field. Let’s lodge in the villages.
BBE translation: Let us go out early to the vine-gardens; let us see if the vine is in bud, if it has put out its young fruit, and the pomegranate is in flower. There I will give you my love.
the vine-gardens. Previously in the Song of Songs we have seen that the word “garden” is a euphemism for a woman’s genitals. The woman is initiating a sexual encounter with Solomon.
For this couple, their sexual encounters are “mutual.” When both of their sexual appetites are at the right level, that’s when it happens. Their sexual relationship is not one-sided.
There are three phrases here that suggest they will check to see if she is sufficiently aroused:
- let us see if the vine is in bud.
- if it has put out its young fruit.
- if … the pomegranate is in flower.
There I will give you my love. This does not necessarily mean that she is initiating genital intercourse. As we’ve seen in the other chapters of the Song of Songs, their sexual relationship includes cunnilingus and fellatio. We have not yet seen an instance of genital intercourse.
precious fruits, new and old. For this couple, their sexual relationship isn’t just “same-old same-old.” Even though they are already veterans of countless encounters, there are new delights to discover together. They keep exploring together. Together, they not only celebrate what already works for them (“old delights”), but they also explore “new delights” as well.
A decision to explore “new delights” needs to be mutual. It can’t be one-sided, or it will lead to disaster or trauma. If they explore some “new delight,” and one of them does not like it, that “new delight” needs to be crossed off the list.
The term “new delight” can also mean new heights. Its likely that their sexual joy can change and even increase over time.
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