Song of Solomon 8:10–14 (NKJV)
10 I am a wall, And my breasts like towers;
Then I became in his eyes As one who found peace.
11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal Hamon; He leased the vineyard to keepers;
Everyone was to bring for its fruit A thousand silver coins.
12 My own vineyard is before me. You, O Solomon, may have a thousand,
And those who tend its fruit two hundred.
13 You who dwell in the gardens, The companions listen for your voice–
Let me hear it!
14 Make haste, my beloved, And be like a gazelle
Or a young stag On the mountains of spices.
The Shulamite responds to her brothers’ contention or memory that she was like a prepubescent girl, without physical development. She says that her breasts are like towers, and she found peace in the presence of her beloved. She then describes Solomon’s vineyard, and then alludes to her own vineyard, to which Solomon has total access. In these passages, the vineyard sometimes refers to the person’s body, their physical person. If this interpretation is correct, this seems to be a statement that Solomon may have her at any time. She surrenders herself to her husband. Solomon then responds by asking her to speak to him. He longs to hear her voice! She then speaks, asking him to hurry to her, like a gazelle or a young stag. She invites him to the mountains of spices, which is also an image for her body.
This poignant image of the dance of love between a husband and wife is sweet and wonderful. They long for one another and call to one another. They invite each other into an intimate encounter, and it is beautiful picture of holy marital desire. In marriage, it is essential to love deeply and desire in a holy fashion. Make marriage joyful, enjoy your spouse fully, love deeply. This is God’s desire for you!