The first half of September is always special to me because my annual reading plan just happens to include Song of Solomon as our wedding anniversary approaches.
What a fun, yet touching and reflective book at an apropos time. Some controversy exists on whether it is an allegorical look at God’s great love for us and Christ’s love for his bride, the church, but there is no doubt that this is a steamy book about marital love between a bride and groom.
Who ever thought the Bible was boring? Not me I tell you!
This love song, as seductive as it gets, often gives me a few giggles as the lover describes his beloved with compliments women of ancient times hopefully understood:
How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful!
Your eyes behind your veil are doves.
Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Mount Gilead.
Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn, coming up from the washing.
Each has its twin; not one of them is alone. Song of Sol. 4:1-3 NIV
I guess I’d be surprised if Brent complimented my hair by saying it looked like a goat’s – and we expect our spouse to be glad if we have ‘all’ our teeth? It was definitely written in a different time and culture, but meandering through the book of Song of Solomon in a version like the Message illuminates an appreciation for the descriptions of courting in romantic love.
You’re so beautiful, my darling,
so beautiful, and your dove eyes are veiled
By your hair as it flows and shimmers,
like a flock of goats in the distance
streaming down a hillside in the sunshine.
Your smile is generous and full—
expressive and strong and clean. Song of Sol. 4:1-3 MSG
OK my friends, I think I’ll go check up on my blessing, Brent, and read him a few of the words from Solomon’s chapter 5:
My beloved is radiant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand.
His head is purest gold; **(I’ll omit ‘his hair is wavy and black as a raven’ since he is beautifully bald….)
His mouth is sweetness itself; he is altogether lovely.
This is my beloved, this is my friend.
…and I’ll leave you to choose your memory verse (sure hope you are memorizing with me twice a month!). Just in case you’d like a suggestion – here is a verse I’ve been reviewing that you may enjoy:
Before a word is on my tongue, you know it completely, O God, You hem me in behind and before, you have laid your hand upon me. Psalm 139:4-5 NIV
Blessings and love to you – Madge