You are Fair, My Love

Song of Solomon 4:1–8 (NKJV)

THE BELOVED

4:1 Behold, you are fair, my love!
Behold, you are fair!
You have dove’s eyes behind your veil.
Your hair is like a flock of goats,
Going down from Mount Gilead.
2 Your teeth are like a flock of shorn sheep
Which have come up from the washing,
Every one of which bears twins,
And none is barren among them.
3 Your lips are like a strand of scarlet,
And your mouth is lovely.
Your temples behind your veil
Are like a piece of pomegranate.
4 Your neck is like the tower of David,
Built for an armory,
On which hang a thousand bucklers,
All shields of mighty men.
5 Your two breasts are like two fawns,
Twins of a gazelle,
Which feed among the lilies.

6 Until the day breaks
And the shadows flee away,
I will go my way to the mountain of myrrh
And to the hill of frankincense.

7 You are all fair, my love,
And there is no spot in you.
8 Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse,
With me from Lebanon.
Look from the top of Amana,
From the top of Senir and Hermon,
From the lions’ dens,
From the mountains of the leopards.

The beloved, Solomon, responds to the adoration of his bride by describing her beauty in no uncertain terms.  He begins with the G-rated descriptions of her eyes, hair, teeth, lips, temples and neck.  He then moves to a slightly more risque description of her breasts and her curves.  He finally tops off his description by saying that she is fair, with no spot, and that he longed for her to come with him as wife.  Perhaps his descriptions are from his observations during their honeymoon.  Whether that or not, it is obvious that his love and admiration for her are intense, and he is very impressed with her beauty and femininity.  This adoration is a beautiful picture of newly married love and affection.  While it may create discomfort in some readers that it is mildly graphic, it does describe the excitement of young love and the beauty of marital bliss.  Suffice it to say that God created sex for marriage between a man and a woman, and it is wonderful!

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