The couple continues to learn and grow together in their sexual relationship. The Song of Songs with the woman inviting Solomon to pleasure her.
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NLT translation: Oh, I wish you were my brother, who nursed at my mother’s breasts. Then I could kiss you no matter who was watching, and no one would criticize me.
I could kiss you no matter who was watching. Their relationship is still a secret.
you … would instruct me. The couple sets out to learn. Together, they will explore their sexuality. Together, they will discover how to bring each other to orgasm. This learning is deliberate. And it is ongoing.
This particular verse is in the eighth chapter. In an ordinary sense, one would expect that by now, they have it “mastered.” Yet here they are, setting out on a whole new learning venture.
One would assume that King Solomon, with his hundreds of wives and concubines, had great experience with giving woman cunnilingus and bringing her to orgasm. Perhaps that was their preferred way of sexual intimacy in those days. Perhaps that’s how the kings avoided unwanted pregnancies with their countless sexual encounters with their hundreds of wives and concubines.
drink. She is inviting him to give her cunnilingus.
spiced wine. She is referring to her secretions. They are a spiced wine. They are the juice of her pomegranate. She is not afraid to acknowledge how desirable it is to her man. And wine is intoxicating. Perhaps when he “drinks” her “wine,” they both find it intoxicating.
my. Perhaps to clear up any doubt, here she specifies that is is “her” pomegranate jounce she is offering him. She is offering him something that she produces herself.
pomegranate. She is not referring to a fruit from a tree.
VERSE 3. His left hand would be under my head. His right hand would embrace me.
until it so desires. Previously, we interpreted phrases like this to mean that a couple should not initiate sexual intimacy until both are ready for it.
VERSE 5. Who is this who comes up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved?
VERSE 5 (continued). Under the apple tree I aroused you. There your mother conceived you. There she was in labor and bore you.
I aroused you. Sometimes she initiates their sexual encounters.
VERSE 8. We have a little sister. She has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister in the day when she is to be spoken for?
VERSE 9. If she is a wall, we will build on her a turret of silver. if she is a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar.
NLT translation: I was a virgin, like a wall; now my breasts are like towers. When my lover looks at me, he is delighted with what he sees.
he is delighted with what he sees. She freely acknowledges that she her lover finds her attractive.
Each was to bring a thousand shekels. A vineyard exists to produce fruit. Its fruit has a great value associated with it. It is equated to a thousand shekels of silver.
NIV translation: But my own vineyard is mine to give; the thousand shekels are for you, O Solomon, and two hundred are for those who tend its fruit.
My own vineyard. Previously, we’ve seen that the word “vineyard” is a euphemism for her genitals. Her genitals are hers, and hers alone.
mine to give. Once they get married, many men consider their wive’s genitals to be “theirs.” After all, they imagine, that’s what marriage is for. However, that’s not a biblical perspective. A woman’s genitals are still hers. The decisions about what is done with them are still hers. She is in change of her own sexual life.
the thousand shekels are for you, O Solomon. The fruit of the vineyard is worth a thousand shekels. Her vineyard is her own genitals; their fruit is her orgasms. That fruit has a very high value. It is precious to her and to her lover. Her lover is the one she designates for “harvesting” that fruit. The task of harvesting those “thousand shekels” is his.
two hundred are for those who tend its fruit. Her lover is the one who tends the fruit of her vineyard. For him, there are also delights to be had. Perhaps he enjoys the experience of giving her cunnilingus. But perhaps even more, he delights when she experiences orgasm.
dwell in the gardens. Cunnilingus is something they frequently experience, so much so that Solomon “dwells” in her labia.
make me give ear to it. The man likes to hear her voice.
on the mountains of spices. The final verse of the Song of Songs is the woman inviting her man to give her cunnilingus again.
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