Another look at her description of him.
5 .10 My beloved is radiant and lustrous, distinguished among ten thousand.
11 His head is purest gold. His hair is like palm leaves, but black as a raven.
12 His eyes are like does beside streams of water,
bathed in milk, perched over a pool.
13 His cheeks are like a bed of spice,
towers of perfumes.
His lips are lotus flowers, dripping liquid myrrh.
14 His hands are cylinders of gold set with golden topaz.
His abdomen is a plate of ivory covered with sapphires.
15 His legs are marble pillars set upon pedestal of purest gold.
His appearance is like Lebanon, distinguished as its cedars.
16 His mouth is sweetness itself.
Everything about him is desirable to me!
This is my lover and companion, O young women of Jerusalem
She starts with his head and goes down his body. Then she describes this overall appearance and gets back to his mouth and declares that this is her lover and companion. Look in verse 14. This is a key to this section. One commentator, a Bible chair at at Christian college, offers this thought. He suggests that what is described here is not his abdomen, but his as he puts it– member. Ivory isn’t used as a color, but think of ivory in its natural form as a tusk. I think that he is right and the mention of sapphire gives us a description for a circumcised member.
Now it reads that she is describing things about him that they don’t know. She starts with his head and his eyes, something that they could see. But they wouldn’t know that his cheeks smelled like a bed of spice, or what his mouth tasted like. They wouldn’t know the how his hands feel, or what they do, and they certainly wouldn’t know about his member. She goes on to mention his legs as marble (valuable) and his feet of gold (even more valuable). As this follows the part about the member, it could be that she is going farther in her description to the other women in saying that his legs and especially his feet are useful in the love making process. I could be reading too much into this, but she is responding to their taunting remarks, and saying I know all of this about him, and you don’t. She ends that he is her lover and companion. This is a double combination — and that they aren’t either one of these to him.