This is what she said in response to their comments
Chapter 8, verses 10 – 12
I was a wall, and my breasts were like towers.
Then I became in his eyes as one who finds fulfillment.
A vineyard belonged to Solomon at the Place of Plenty.
He gave the vineyard to caretakers;
Each one was to bring for its fruit a thousand shekels of silver.
My own vineyard which belongs to me lies before me.
The thousand are for you O Solomon, and two hundred for the caretakers of the fruit.
She is saying that she waited for the right time to have sex. Notice the friends were talking about a sister who was still young. She is stating that she was fully developed and still waited for the right time. The result was that they found fulfillment. She talks about Solomon having a vineyard that caretakers took care of. Then, compares her body to the vineyard, and Solomon to the caretakers. The caretakers of the vineyard paid for the fruit. In her comparison, she is telling him to keep the money. She is giving her body to him — no charge, no tradeoff. She is only asking that he take good care of it. The two hundred for the caretakers is a reference to her brothers. She thought they were picking on her, being mean to her to make her work the family vineyard (way back in Chapter One). But she has come to realize that they were helping her take care of her body — and the payoff is good.
Many people want to make use of your body:
- for sex
- to look at lustfully because they know sex is out of the question
- to use you to model or act so that they can make money
- to play sports for them so they can look better (playing sports is fine, but pushing you to play injured, or to play because it is to their advantage but not good for you isn’t right)
A few people want to help you take care of your body, maybe family or friends or a coach or teacher. They can help you be the best person that you can be. And they can be looking out for your interests not just their own. Hang on to these people. They are rare.