1:12-14 – She shares what she is thinking
Scripture Text: Song of Solomon 1:12-14
This is the way the song shares her thoughts. It not only includes what she says, but it also includes what she is thinking and feeling at different times in the song.
Now she is speaking, but not to him.
It is like she is speaking to an audience, to the world.
If they were performing this song, she would step forward on the stage to let the audience know that this is what she is thinking. We hear what she says and what she thinks a lot. No other book in the Bible gives a woman so much printed space, so much expression of not only what she says but her thoughts and feelings and longing.
He is close enough to smell her perfume.
“At his table” sounds like they are eating lunch.
Maybe this is not an actual table, but at least whatever they used to put their food on.
The women would wear a small bag, called a sachet.
It would have whatever spices she could afford and it would hang down between her breasts.
No low cut tops in that society so that it would not show and it wouldn’t bulge out because of the location. The spice and her body odor would mix to create a unique smell.
They didn’t jump in the shower every day so they needed something strong to mask the odor or to blend with the odor to make their special fragrance. She isn’t saying he is resting between her breasts, but the sachet is resting between her breasts.
Then she compares him to henna blossoms – note she starts using the word ‘lover’.
This is talking about him being the one. It doesn’t necessarily mean what we currently mean in our society. When we say my lover it is a polite way of saying the guy I am sleeping with. Keep reading and I think it will become evident that this is not saying that they are sexually intimate at this point. She is saying he is great like a cluster of henna blossoms.
She is comparing him to that.
Plus it is a double compliment because he planted the vineyards in En Gedi.
She is saying something about him doing good work.
The next passage is Song of Solomon 1:15-17.