Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.
The speaker could be Solomon, Shulamith or both. (22a)
The little foxes would burrow around the roots and gnaw at the roots of the vines. This would destroy the young plants and all their holes and passages would loosen the soil so that the vines that survived didn’t grow well. The foxes are symbols of destroyers Neh 4:3; Ezek. 13:4) (17) page 47
It would take work over a period of time to keep running off or getting rid of the foxes. There are many little things that can be worked out before sexual activity starts. If they aren’t handled first they will come back as much bigger issues later and will weaken the whole bond between the man and women.