You Have Captivated My Heart

Song of Solomon 4:9–16 (NKJV)

9 You have ravished my heart,
My sister, my spouse;
You have ravished my heart
With one look of your eyes,
With one link of your necklace.
10 How fair is your love,
My sister, my spouse!
How much better than wine is your love,
And the scent of your perfumes
Than all spices!
11 Your lips, O my spouse,
Drip as the honeycomb;
Honey and milk are under your tongue;
And the fragrance of your garments
Is like the fragrance of Lebanon.

12 A garden enclosed
Is my sister, my spouse,
A spring shut up,
A fountain sealed.
13 Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates
With pleasant fruits,
Fragrant henna with spikenard,
14 Spikenard and saffron,
Calamus and cinnamon,
With all trees of frankincense,
Myrrh and aloes,
With all the chief spices—
15 A fountain of gardens,
A well of living waters,
And streams from Lebanon.

THE SHULAMITE

16 Awake, O north wind,
And come, O south!
Blow upon my garden,
That its spices may flow out.
Let my beloved come to his garden
And eat its pleasant fruits.

This passage describes the honeymoon of the Shulamite and her Beloved.  He described his long-delayed yearning for the fulfillment of his desires for her.  He is drawn to her eyes, her necklace, her perfumes and spices.  He described her as a garden locked up.  He longed for her physical love and described her person as an orchard with pleasant fruits and fragrant spices.  She is a fountain of living waters.

The Shulamite responds to his advances by asking the north wind to blow on her spices and draw her beloved in.  She then blatantly invited him to come to his garden and partake of its fruits.  They are about to consummate the courtship of their love by becoming one in marriage.  This night is the culmination of their love in a physical sense.  It is a beautiful union of two souls in love.  It is part of God’s plan for humanity to love and become one flesh.  It is part of God’s good creation.

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