2:1-3 – She wants Compliments, Assurance That She Is Special
Scripture Text: Song of Solomon 2:1-3
So she changes the direction of the conversation again.
She calls herself a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.
She isn’t complimenting herself.
She is saying she is as common and as average as these flowers.
She is saying that she is pretty, but there are many, many pretty women.
This time he is quicker to pick up on it.
If you are like a lily (he doesn’t want to contradict her), then you are like one lily among thorns.
If you look like the common lily, the rest of the women look like thorns.
This was a better response than the one in chapter one.
She continues the theme by responding that the young men are like trees in the forest which is good.
But he is like an apple tree.
There are several translations for this but all of them are some kind of fruit
The other guys are good enough to look at, but you produce fruit.
Not a real subtle reference to him not only being better than the other guys, but producing fruit is like producing children.
The other guys are young and good looking.
You are virile and potent.
You provide protection (shade).
You taste good. She doesn’t get specific about where he tastes good but she is certainly sending strong signals that she is very interested in him physically.
The next passage is Song of Solomon 2:4-6.