It would be a mistake to pass over the text of these verses without carefully considering the significance of the seven different descriptions of beauty that Solomon uses for his bride. Although once again some of these descriptions seem unflattering to us in many respects, they were indeed very sincere forms of flattery expressions of the physical attraction and desire that the king felt for his beloved bride. The fragrance of the sachet of myrrh between her breasts, referred to in Song of Solomon 1:13 has obviously captured his attention, as he expresses his passion for her in poetic descriptions he has of his beloved:
Your two breasts are like two fawns,
twins of a gazelle,
that graze among the lilies.
Until the day breathes
and the shadows flee,
I will go away to the mountain of myrrh
and the hill of frankincense.
You are altogether beautiful, my love;
there is no flaw in you.
The two lovers then consummate their marriage in delicious wedded bliss with neither guilt nor shame because it is a celebration that has been sanctioned by God for one man and one woman since the beginning of time (Genesis 2:23-25).
…a garden fountain, a well of living water,
and flowing streams from Lebanon.
Awake, O north wind,
and come, O south wind!
Blow upon my garden,
let its spices flow.
And the bride at last invites him into her garden
Let my beloved come to his garden,
and eat its choicest fruits.
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