3.6 who is this coming from the wilderness like columns of smoke,
filled with fragrance of myrrh and frankincense, from every scented powder of the merchant?
7 Behold! It is the carriage of Solomon, sixty mighty men around it from the mighty of Israel:
8 all of them holders of the sword, trained for battle; each, his sword at his side for the terror of the nights;
Then the songwriter describes the wedding bed and the wedding day.
3.9 A royal carriage King Solomon made for himself from the timber of Lebanon.
10 Its posts he made of silver, its back of gold, its seat of purple, its interior inlaid with love by the young women of Jerusalem.
11 go forth, O young women of Zion, and look upon King Solomon,
with the crown with which his mother has crowned him on the day of his wedding,
on the day of his heart’s rejoicing.
The couple is now alone. The wedding ceremony is over. They are in their room together, both ready to join together physically. They have joined together mentally, emotionally, legally and now are ready to physically come together. They didn’t give themselves excuses before this day. Excuses like – we got carried away, I had too much to drink, we’ve done so much kissing and groping that I felt I had to get married, she isn’t pregnant so they didn’t have to ‘do the right thing’. They have no excuses to fall back on. They both went into the marriage by choice.