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Bible Commentaries
Song of Solomon 7

Smith's Bible CommentarySmith's Commentary

Verses 1-13

Chapter 7

Now the daughters of Jerusalem address themselves to the Shulamite and they say,

How beautiful are thy feet with shoes ( Song of Solomon 7:1 ),

Or within thy sandals.

O prince's daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman. Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like a heap of wheat set about with lilies ( Song of Solomon 7:1-2 ).

And I suppose that was complimentary to them. I'm not that kind of an expressive person, and it doesn't do much for me.

Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins. Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools of Heshbon ( Song of Solomon 7:3-4 ),

I imagine blue, pretty.

by the gate of Bathrabbim: thy nose is like the tower of Lebanon ( Song of Solomon 7:4 )

Now I don't know that I would appreciate that.

which looketh toward Damascus ( Song of Solomon 7:4 ).

Solomon built this tower in Lebanon after he had completed his palace. So some twenty years after he was married to the daughter of Pharaoh. There are some who believe that the one he speaks of is Pharaoh's daughter, but this sort of precludes that because the song evidently was written after twenty years of marriage to her, and it seems that a new interest has taken in with the Shulamite.

Thy head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of your head like purple; the King is held in the galleries ( Song of Solomon 7:5 ).

Or he is bound by that beauty.

How fair and how pleasant art you, O love, for delights! This thy stature is like unto a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes. I said, I will go 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; And 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 ( Song of Solomon 7:6-9 ).

The bride responds.

I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me ( Song of Solomon 7:10 ).

Now think of this in the church and Jesus Christ and it becomes very beautiful indeed. He loves me. "I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me." He desires me. Christ desires you. Your love, your response. He desires me. That to me is just uncanny.

Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourishes, whether the tender grape appears, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves. The 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 ( Song of Solomon 7:11-13 ).


Bibliographical Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 7". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/csc/song-of-solomon-7.html. 2014.
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