So now, they are up in the hills their conversation can be private, but their actions are in plain sight of many people. They aren’t neglecting their work, but are using the typical break in the middle of the day (this is longer than the American lunch break). They are probably sitting down or leaning back under some trees out of the noon heat.
1.9 To my mare among the chariots of Pharaoh
I liken you, my darling companion.
10 lovely are your cheeks with ornaments
and your neck with strings of jewels.
1.11 Ornaments of gold we will make for you with beads of silver.
Grandpa really, he compares her to a horse. The guy has no idea about what he is doing.
He has had time to come up with a compliment, although it doesn’t sound like a great compliment to us when he compares her to a horse. But, this isn’t as bad as it seems. First, it was something he knew about. He had many horses and chariots. He knew that stallions were used to pull chariots. They responded better in battle. A mare mixed in with all the stallions would cause them to get excited and to lose focus. You will probably hear stories in history class about opposing armies trying to mix a mare among the stallions to get them distracted so that the other army has an advantage.
And then the hero rushes in and kills the mare and saves the day from his army?
Yes, there are some stories in history like that. That isn’t what he is thinking about. He could visualize her among his friends and the other guys that she would pass on the way to meet him. He didn’t want them to get the idea that she might be available. So he is glad that he gave her directions so she didn’t need to stop and talk to the guys she would meet along the way. And it is a big complement in that he is saying that she would certainly get all the guys stirred up. It works this way with guys too. They start feeling competitive as in “I could get her to like me better than she likes him”
She moves forward and speaks to the audience
While the king was in his realm, my nard gave its fragrance. As pouch of myrrh is my beloved to me which lies all night between my breasts A cluster of henna blossoms is my beloved to me in the vineyards of En Gedi
She is back next to him as he talks to her
Behold, you are beautiful my darling companion.
Behold, you are beautiful your eyes are doves.
She responds back to him
Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved.
Indeed, you are delightful, and our resting place is in the flourishing branches
The beams of our houses are cedars, our rafters cypresses.