Song of Solomon ~ Chapters 7 and 8
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7:1 How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O prince’s daughter! The curves of your hips are like jewels, the work of the hands of an artist.
He is looking
at her feet
and up her lovely legs
to admire her
wonderfully shaped bum.
He admires her beautiful figure and praises the curve of her hips. He is looking at her feet and up her lovely legs to admire her wonderfully shaped bum.
7:2 Your navel is like a round goblet which never lacks mixed wine; your belly is like a heap of wheat fenced about with lilies.
Now he admires her from the front. Belly here is the Hebrew word for the vulva, and not the navel. I see this as a beautiful description of her pussy and pubic hair.
7:8 The man declares,
I said, ‘I will climb the palm tree, I will take hold of its fruit stalks.’ Oh, may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, And the fragrance of your breath like apples,
He is mounting her. In the ancient Near East female palm tree flowers were artificial fertilized using the male palm tree flowers. The male flowers grew on a separate tree. A man would climb the male tree, get some flowers, and then climb the female tree and tie the pollen bearing male flowers among its branches. The male and female flowers are produced on separate trees in clusters among the leaves. Thus, to climb the palm tree is to fertilize it.
To take hold of was to grasp. The word for fruit here represents something pointed, like a breast with erect nipples.
The picture changes from date clusters to grape clusters. Both are sweet, but grapes swell and become more round as they ripen. Her breasts enlarged as she becomes aroused by his touch.
And once again he enjoys the fragrance of her pussy. The word translated breath is better understood to be her genitals.
If a man
is an apple tree
with dangling fruit,
his wife is
a palm tree
that is wonderful to "climb."
If a man is an apple tree with dangling fruit, his wife is a palm tree that is wonderful to "climb." Climb aboard and enjoy the ride!
7:12 Let us rise early and go to the vineyards; let us see whether the vine has budded and its blossoms have opened, and whether the pomegranates have bloomed. There I will give you my love.
This verse can be understood two ways. First, he suggests they spend the night outdoors making love in the field, the vineyard, and the orchard. The second is that they have already made love and he wants them to wait awhile, get some rest and then see if they can enter the garden of sensual delights and have sex again.
7:13 The mandrakes have given forth fragrance; and over our doors are all choice fruits, both new and old, which I have saved up for you, my beloved.
Perhaps the mandrakes, considered an aphrodisiac, would help. Leah used mandrakes for this purpose (Genesis 30:14-16). Figs look like female sexual organs. Mandrakes look like males with roots like two legs with a large penis between.
This is a couple not afraid to try things both old and new and exciting to enhance their lovemaking. They are willing to experiment and increase their delight. Every relationship can benefit from new techniques, places, positions, and the use of their imagination. We should not be shy about trying anything – from lingerie to sex toys – to enhance our lovemaking.
8:1-2 Oh that you were like a brother to me who nursed at my mother’s breasts. If I found you outdoors, I would kiss you; no one would despise me, either. I would lead you and bring you into the house of my mother, who used to instruct me; I would give you spiced wine to drink from the juice of my pomegranates.
In ancient Bible times it was not regarded as culturally acceptable for a couple to kiss in public. Only public kissing between family members was ok, regardless of gender. She wishes he was her brother so she could kiss him in public and no one would mind. Then she would take him home and treat him not as a brother but as a spouse. He could teach her the ways of physical love, and they could have a wonderful time in the bedroom.
The pomegranate was highly regarded as a symbol of fertility and sexuality. He could kiss and fondle her breasts and gently suck on her nipples, enjoying the juice of their lovemaking until he was as content and satisfied as a babe at the breast.
8:3 "His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me."
A second time this expression is used indicating she was lying in his embrace and he was using his free hand to manually explore and caress her soft breasts, stroke her thighs, and stimulate her clitoris and moist vagina. I can imagine she was playing with his cock and balls at the same time.
8:6 Put me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, jealousy is as severe as Sheol; its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.
She wants her spouse to wear his love for her like he would a ring on his hand, like a king’s seal, or a pendant over his heart; something to show everyone that she is his. The arm is a place of strength and protection.
Amazingly she is
also saying that
their sexual passion
is such a gift from God
that it is an
His Holy Fire.
“its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.” Amazingly she is also saying that their sexual passion is such a gift from God that it is an expression of His Holy Fire; it is the same as the fire of God that fell on Pentecost, the fire that led the Israelites through the wilderness, and the fire that consumed the sacrifice once a year in the Holy of Holies. This makes the bedroom the Holy of Holies of the marriage and means that our sexual sensations and orgasms are not just gifts from God but are an expression of God’s passion for his people.
8:8-9 We have a little sister, and she has no breasts; what shall we do for our sister on the day when she is spoken for? If she is a wall, we will build on her a battlement of silver; but if she is a door, we will barricade her with planks of cedar.
There was a time when her brothers noticed she was small breasted, but now she has blossomed into full womanhood and her breasts are like towers. How they act toward her is determined by her own behavior. If she is “a wall”, pure and of good moral character, they will increase her value by adding to her dowry. If she is “a door”, easily seduced, they will barricade her with planks of cedar, limiting access to her. They will be strict and protect her from men’s advances and her own weakness.
8:10 I was a wall, and my breasts were like towers; then I became in his eyes as one who finds peace.
She was a wall, she was morally pure. In her purity she was not an androgynous individual. She had grown and her breasts were noticeable. He delights in them and this brings him peace and contentment, especially when that delight leads to sexual stimulation and satisfaction. The post coital moment is, for every man, a time of great contentment. As a loving hind and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times; be exhilarated always with her love. Proverbs 5:19 (NASB)
The first thing you notice on a fortified city is its towers. Some men worry because the first thing they notice about a woman is her breasts, but this verse indicates that this is quite normal. They are placed where they are so that they can be noticed, and if not stared at directly, at least enjoyed in our peripheral vision. This is not a violation of purity. This is not an act of lust. This is just normal and the way God meant it to be.
This verse may also mean that in his arms and in their marriage she is the one who has found great peace and true satisfaction. She is sexual satisfied, and protected.
8:11-12 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon; He entrusted the vineyard to caretakers. Each one was to bring a thousand shekels of silver for its fruit. “My very own vineyard is at my disposal; The thousand shekels are for you, Solomon, And two hundred are for those who take care of its fruit.
He compares his bride
to his choice vineyard,
to a place of
abundance and joy,
a place of
value beyond price.
Baal-hamon means lord of a multitude. He compares his bride to his choice vineyard, a place of abundance and joy, a place of value beyond price.
8:14 Hurry, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.
The book concludes with the bride extending a longing sexual invitation to her groom. Her body, like a mountain range, is a curvy place full of sweet fragrances. Hurry, come my beloved and let us make love. I long for your body, especially (here using the colloquial) your marvelous young, strong, virile hard cock.
The Heart of God in the Pleasures of Marriage
The Song of Solomon so delightfully expresses the heart of God in the pleasures of the marriage bed. The lovemaking is exciting, adventuresome, graphic and pure.
It is clear that throughout this erotic poem Solomon and the Shulammite are fully and freely enjoying the sight and sensation of each other’s bodies. Like most people making love He starts at the top and works his way down, savoring each individual part of her anatomy, describing her in intimate and graphically sexual ways. He looks, touches, caresses, kisses, fondles, and in our mind’s eye we are right there with him.
No wonder men and woman have used this book over the years as a manual for making love with their spouse. No wonder it has been a God given source of erotic stimulation, a companion for their private times of intimate pleasure. Both were God’s intended purpose. And last but not least, in all of its pure strong sexuality it gives a beautiful picture of Christ and His Church, and the individual in his relationship with God.
NOTE: if this teaching has been a source of instruction for your lovemaking with your spouse, or a source of arousal for your private moment of self stimulation, I would be delighted to hear your story. I invite you to email me at the address below. If you became aroused and stroked your way to orgasm, not only did you do no wrong, you enjoyed this book in one of the ways God originally intended. My prayer is that it has been as stimulating for you to read as it has been for me to write.
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