Song of Songs 7:1-9

At the beginning of chapter 7 of Song of Songs the man praises the woman in the most complete and systematic fashion.  Nothing has been hidden by the woman and, physically he systematically covers the womans revealed body with kisses.  To many Christians this kind of complete sexual disclosure seems incongruous with the way that sex has been talked about in hushed tones if at all.  The truth is that God has provided a book which shows his open and affirming attitude toward a healthy sex life.  Of course, sex has been misappropriated by those in the New testament that see liberty in Christ as license to engage in all kinds of immorality that God does not condone.  However, within marriage there is a wholesome and legitimate mutual exploration that can be described as a browsing among the lilies.

Song of Songs 7:1-9

 1 [a]How beautiful your sandaled feet,
   O prince’s daughter!
Your graceful legs are like jewels,
   the work of an artist’s hands.
2 Your navel is a rounded goblet
   that never lacks blended wine.
Your waist is a mound of wheat
   encircled by lilies.
3 Your breasts are like two fawns,
   like twin fawns of a gazelle.
4 Your neck is like an ivory tower.
Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon
   by the gate of Bath Rabbim.
Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon
   looking toward Damascus.
5 Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel.
   Your hair is like royal tapestry;
   the king is held captive by its tresses.
6 How beautiful you are and how pleasing,
   my love, with your delights!
7 Your stature is like that of the palm,
   and your breasts like clusters of fruit.
8 I said, “I will climb the palm tree;
   I will take hold of its fruit.”
May your breasts be like clusters of grapes on the vine,
   the fragrance of your breath like apples,
 9 and your mouth like the best wine.

Questions

  1. How does the description of the woman’s physical beauty progress?
  2. Why are the breasts mentioned multiple times?
  3. What is the man’s aim in describing the woman this way?
  4. Within marriage what kind of bodily interrraction is agreeable?
  5. When and how often should a man take time to praise his wife’s naked form?

Going Deeper

How does frequency and quality of sexual interraction vary with age and life’s responsibilities?  How do men praise women in this way without getting ‘excited’?

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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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