2:4-6 – She is Projecting Ahead Too Far
Scripture Text: Song of Solomon 2:4-6
Now she calls this little picnic spot a banqueting table and his love is like a banner.
Like the banners the military would display when they marched in a show of strength and power.
Soccer teams will have banners they pitch on the sideline.
The banner says who they are and something about them.
She is saying that his banner says “I’m in love with this woman”
Note he hasn’t said that, she is the one coming to that conclusion
She has stopped speaking to him
and she is speaking to the audience
showing us that these are her thoughts.
Raisin cakes were used in this period to provide stamina, especially sexual stamina.
Apples combined with them enhance the picture.
She is so emotionally involved that she feels faint.
Picture two people lying down side by side. If he puts his left arm under her head, he has free range of motion from her face to about the middle of her thighs with his right hand.
The word here is translated embraces me, gropes me, fondles me.
Yes, she is talking about the private area that is lower than the belly button and not as low as the legs.
I’d like to use three code names:
For her breasts, I will use ‘breasts’.
Most people in our society can deal with that ok.
For the lower private area, the ‘golden triangle’.
The whole area is shaped like a triangle and is often treated like a gold mine by the guys.
More on that later.
For the guy I’d like to use ‘member’. There are plenty of terms for this unique part of his anatomy that is described in chapter five. But I’d like to use this one.
I’ll use these three code names for the rest of the Song.
This is a section that didn’t make any sense to me.
A little later he wants to see her cheeks and hear her voice.
It is not likely that he would ask for that if he has already had his hand in the golden triangle.
And in the wedding section, it is obvious that she hasn’t had sex with him yet.
This is one of the areas that leads some of the So Called Experts to say that this is a random collection of poems or songs that aren’t in any particular order. There is one writer of commentaries (the So Called Experts) who can be especially helpful at this point. In his book Solomon’s Song of Love, Dr Craig Glickman, goes into depth to explain that depending on the context, the phrase can be ‘My wish is that his hand is embracing me’ or the common translation ‘his hand is embracing me’. It is based on the context.
When she says she is ‘faint with love’, she uses the exact phrase later when she is looking for him.
Her friends ask what they should tell him if they are the ones that find him. She said tell him I am ‘faint with love’. Again, this could be that she is exhausted from love making, or her feelings about it are so strong they are making her faint.
Well, in the second case she is talking about her feelings.
She isn’t telling her friends to find him and then tell him that she is exhausted from love making.
That would be like saying, you aren’t around but I’m having plenty of action.
She is trying to get back together with him after a fight.
She is not saying too bad for you, I’ve replaced you.
I’VE SPENT EXTRA TIME ON THIS POINT BECAUSE IT IS VERY PIVOTAL.
My opinion is that:
SHE IS HOT
SHE IS TURNED ON
SHE WANTS HIS BODY
But she isn’t getting it at this time.
You might be surprised when you find out in the next chapter why she isn’t getting it.
The next passage is Song of Solomon 2:7.