6:13-7:9 – He makes time for her, she shows her appreciation of him
Scripture Text: Song of Solomon 6:13-7:9
The women are saying come back.
Where is she going?
She accepted his explanation of where he was and what he was doing.
She showed that she did by walking off with him.
He gives them an answer, one that included a reference to a dance.
I don’t know all that he was implying, but he was definitely walking off with her alone.
And what follows is his description of her doing some kind of a dance.
Or some kind of movement that he is enjoying watching.
Things start to heat up here.
This is what is referred to as make up sex.
They both realized how close they had come to losing each other.
They are both thankful and very expressive.
When I read this, he seems to be complimenting her feet and that she is wearing sandals. But this is a place where the commentaries (So Called Experts) are helpful. They combine the reference to feet with the reference to ‘graceful legs’ and say that this could be referring to motion. It could be that he is saying her feet and legs look graceful as she dances. Normally in that society you wouldn’t see a woman’s legs if she was wearing the clothes of her time period. So it would be reasonable to assume that they are alone somewhere and he is watching her dance or move gracefully in less than normal attire.
The navel could be lower down – where I use the code words ‘golden triangle’. The next description is that the belly looks like a mound of wheat. Not a description I would use, but in that culture this would not have been viewed as anything negative. The female body is rounded at the belly. And for them a pile of wheat was like us having money in the bank. It was valuable. A mound of wheat to someone who grows wheat would be a sign of success. The wheat has been planted, watered, weeded, harvested, run through the threshing process and then piled up in a mound as the finished product – a successful result.
He moves up to the breasts with the image of fawns or a gazelle. Check it out. Go to the zoo and see if the gazelle feeding remind you of breasts.
The text marked as verses 1-3 describe in more detail what he is seeing. Many of the So Called Experts suggest that she is dancing naked, or with some kind of sheer veils or some form fitting material. The description goes from the ground up. This could be from him being in a lounging position. He is definitely describing what her body looks like. He doesn’t mention any touch or smell to indicate that he is very close to her. There is a good chance he is reclining and watching her put on an interesting display for him.
Neck like an ivory tower – not real flattering to me, but he is describing the strength and beauty of her neck. He is impressed with her eyes. The description is very specific. Probably more meaning here than I have figured out so far.
He gets to the top of the head and the hair. More compliments. His ‘held captive by its tresses’ compares to ‘your beauty overwhelms me’ – same idea.
He says that overall she is beautiful and pleasing with her delights. The delights are all the parts he has just described.
Note a subtle difference here:
He says she is beautiful and pleasing with her delights. He likes her body, but she is beautiful and pleasing.
In our society we often say this backward. We might say ‘wow that dress makes you look good’. It would be better to say ‘wow, you make that dress look good’ or ‘wow, that dress looks good on you.’
He compares her to a palm tree. Your view of palm trees is usually looking up. So this is another indication that he is reclining. He might be mixing plants together in this description to get the right meaning. Clusters sounds more like grapes than like the fruit of a palm tree.
He has been observing. Now he says what he would like to do, what he is planning on doing. He is going from looking to describing the action he is planning on doing. He compares her breasts to clusters of grapes in verse and fruit of the palm tree. Then he talks about the fragrance of her breath. He must be close enough to smell her breath now.
Her mouth is like the best wine.
The next passage is Song of Solomon 7:10-13.