The observations of love

Song of Solomon Bible Background

09.23.2017 – Old Testament: Song 7.1–5

To read the Bible in a year, read Song of Solomon 6–8 on September 23, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

How did Solomon see the Shulamite? He did not just see a woman, but he let her know of the beauty that he saw in her,

How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
O prince’s daughter!
The curves of your thighs are like jewels,
The work of the hands of a skillful workman.
Your navel is a rounded goblet;
It lacks no blended beverage.
Your waist is a heap of wheat
Set about with lilies.
Your two breasts are like two fawns,
Twins of a gazelle.
Your neck is like an ivory tower,
Your eyes like the pools in Heshbon
By the gate of Bath Rabbim.
Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon
Which looks toward Damascus.
Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel,
And the hair of your head is like purple;
A king is held captive by your tresses.
(Song of Solomon 7.1–5)

He observed her body, and he compared with symbols of nature, but not erotic comparisons. The body can be erotic, but he uses common objects to make the comparisons. This shows thought. There are limits on the visual comparisons. While the thing he describes is visual, and the comparison is visual, yet, the point of comparison is not necessarily visual.

For example, how can the curves of her thighs be like jewels, which are either rough in their uncut condition, or angular with flat sides in their cut condition? Yet, Solomon revealed the connection in that both her thighs and jewels reveal a high degree of skill in their making. A skillful workman made the jewels, and God made the thighs.

How can the shape of her breasts be like two fawns, which are animals and do not resemble breasts at all in appearance? The visual connection does not exist. Something about the nature of fawns of a gazelle, reminded him of her breasts or her breasts reminded him of the fawns of a gazelle.

Therefore, we have to figure out the connections with the comparisons. See the two objects, but then discover the non-visual connection.

You can read a fuller treatment of this passage by going here: https://thebiblemeditator.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/love-delights-in-observing/

Questions:

  • Does the Song of Solomon embarrass you?
  • If so, why?
  • Is it a Bible Book as much the Book of Romans?

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