Dave Burnette's Commentary

Song of Solomon Chapter 7

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Solomon
Date Penned: (971-931 BC)
Overview: The Love Between the Bride and the Bridegroom (c 1-8)
Theme: The Bride's Tender Appeal (c 7)
Message: A Genuine Beauty (v 1-13)

Song of Solomon 7 Commentary 

(7:4-5) Beauty - The description of the young woman's eyes as "like the fishpools in Heshbon" suggests that they were bright and shining. Heshbon was the ancient capital of the Amorites. Bath-rabbit may have been a gate of Heshbon. The tower of Lebanon may have been a watchtower; if so, it was evidently a prominent one and seen as very beautiful. Alternatively, some suggest that this is a reference to the mountains of Lebanon. Mount Carmel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and northern Palestine. 

(7:10-13) Intimacy - As a marriage matures, intimacy and vulnerability between marriage partners should increase. Several times throughout these poems, the woman takes the initiative in lovemaking. Many cultures have stereotypes of the roles men and women play in lovemaking, but the security of true love gives both marriage partners the freedom to initiate acts of love and express their true feelings. Try not to get into a rut during lovemaking; instead, think of different ways to express your love for your spouse. 

(7:13) The Mandrake Parts of the mandrake plant were thought in ancient times to increase desire and fertility. Mandrakes are also mentioned in Genesis 30:14-17.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Biblical Attraction

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Song of Solomon with Chapter 7. In our text today, we see the attraction between a bride and her groom as they describe their attraction to each other. In making an application, we see both a spiritual picture of Christ's attraction for His Church and the personal picture between a Husband and Wife. How about you? Do you see the attraction between Christ and the Church? Let us learn from our text today to remember the attraction between Christ and His Church so we will respect His Bride as we go to Church to Worship Him.


Song of Solomon 7

Song of Solomon 7

 1How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince's daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman.

 2Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.

 3Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins.

 4Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.

 5Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries.

 6How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!

 7This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.

 8I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples;

 9And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.

 10I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me.

 11Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages.

 12Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves.

 13The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.