5:9-16 – Long Memories, Her Response to Friends
Scripture Text: Song of Solomon 5:9-16
Now comes the pay back.
They use his words ‘most beautiful of women’ and throw it back at her.
They still must be remembering that he chose her, and not any of them.
They are asking what is so special about him.
I THINK IT ALSO IMPLIES “WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT YOU THAT HE WOULD WANT TO COME BACK?”
She really responds strongly to them.
She describes things that she knows, things that they could only guess at.
She starts out with overall appearance radiant and ruddy.
Outstanding among ten thousand.
Then she starts at the top, with his head – purest gold.
His hair wavy and black, then his eyes.
They could look at his eyes, but not up close like she could.
They could see his cheeks, but she could smell them up close.
His lips soft and tasting like myrrh – they could only guess at this.
The next one is sometimes translated ‘arms’.
A few translate it ‘hands’.
I go with hands because she says they are gold set with chrysolite.
This is a white or light colored stone.
She is praising his hands, his fingers.
The fingers do many things for her sexually and she likens them to gold. This shows she is putting a high value on them.
The girls are completely left with only guesses about what he can do with his hands – but it is obvious to them that he does special things to her with them.
The last part of the verse goes much further.
See Temper Longman III , The Member
This is a reference to his member.
When she says ivory, she is thinking of it in its original form – a tusk.
And then it is said to be decorated with sapphires.
Some translations use a different precious stone.
One is reddish, the other blue.
The circumcised ‘member’ has some red or blue color depending on what state it is in. The uncircumcised ‘member’ is all one color.
And she is describing it as polished ivory.
Think tusk, think she is talking about it in a ready state.
Ready to be sexually intimate with her.
The women are probably blushing some at this point.
But she isn’t done. She describes his legs as pillars of marble and bases (feet) of pure gold.
The legs are good, the feet are really good.
The feet are the part that is used to give extra push.
I’m getting embarrassed now, but hopefully you see the pattern.
They asked what made him so special and she described the things that they wouldn’t know.
She finishes by describing his overall appearance and the sweetness of his mouth.
Then lets them know that he is her lover and her friend.
The next passage is Song of Solomon 6:1-3.