Song of Songs 6:11-13

Putting on a show seems less necessary as couples grow more familiar with each other.  However, the imagery of Song of Songs 6 seems to imply that the woman is putting on a show for her man.  Surprisingly others seem to be aware of the woman’s dancing and the man is merely inquisitive at first.  However, like the other men who see the dance, he is excited and stirred to passionate action.  The general collection of amorous men see the woman from behind but they long for her to turn around.  However, the object of her show has arrived and this will continue with a private audience.

Song of Songs 6:11-13

   11 I went down to the grove of nut trees
   to look at the new growth in the valley,
to see if the vines had budded
   or the pomegranates were in bloom.
12 Before I realized it,
   my desire set me among the royal chariots of my people.[a]

   Friends

 13 Come back, come back, O Shulammite;
   come back, come back, that we may gaze on you!

   He

   Why would you gaze on the Shulammite
   as on the dance of Mahanaim?

Questions

  1. Why might a woman performing a public dance be attractive?
  2. Why might a woman performing a public dance be permissable?
  3. How might a dance change when it is performed for a lover?
  4. Why do some churches ban ‘social dancing’?
  5. How would you dance for your lover to entertain them?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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