Song of Solomon ~ Chapter 8
Oh, that you were like my brother,
Who nursed at my mother’s breasts!
If I should find you outside,
I would kiss you;
I would not be despised.
I would lead you and bring you
Into the house of my mother,
She who used to instruct me.
I would cause you to drink of spiced wine,
Of the juice of my pomegranate.
Song of Solomon 8:1 - 2
In ancient Bible times it was not regarded as culturally acceptable for a couple to kiss in public. Only public kissing between family members was ok, regardless of gender. She wishes he was her brother so she could kiss him in public and no one would mind. Then she would take him home and treat him not as a brother but as a spouse. He could teach her the ways of physical love, and they could have a wonderful time in the bedroom.
The pomegranate was highly regarded as a symbol of fertility and sexuality. He could kiss and fondle her breasts and gently suck on her nipples, enjoying the juice of their lovemaking until he was as content and satisfied as a babe at the breast.
His Left Hand is Under My Head
His left hand is under my head,
And his right hand embraces me.
Song of Solomon 8:3
A second time this expression is used indicating she was lying in his embrace and he was using his free hand to manually explore and caress her soft breasts, stroke her thighs, and stimulate her clitoris and moist vagina. I can imagine she was playing with his cock and balls at the same time.
Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy as cruel as the grave;
Its flames are flames of fire,
A most vehement flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
Nor can the floods drown it.
If a man would give for love
All the wealth of his house,
It would be utterly despised
Song of Solomon 8:6 - 7
She wants her spouse to wear his love for her like he would a ring on his hand, like a king’s seal, or a pendant over his heart; something to show everyone that she is his. The arm is a place of strength and protection.
Amazingly she is
also saying that
their sexual passion
is such a gift from God
that it is an
His Holy Fire.
God's Holy Fire
The NASB tranlates this, “its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.” Amazingly she is also saying that their sexual passion is such a gift from God that it is an expression of His Holy Fire; it is the same as the fire of God that fell on Pentecost, the fire that led the Israelites through the wilderness, and the fire that consumed the sacrifice once a year in the Holy of Holies. This makes the bedroom the Holy of Holies of the marriage and means that our sexual sensations and orgasms are not just gifts from God but are an expression of God’s passion for his people.
We have a little sister,
And she has no breasts.
What shall we do for our sister
In the day when she is spoken for?
If she is a wall,
We will build upon her
A battlement of silver;
And if she is a door,
We will enclose her
With boards of cedar.
Song of Solomon 8:8 - 9
There was a time when her brothers noticed she was small breasted, but now she has blossomed into full womanhood and her breasts are like towers. How they act toward her is determined by her own behavior. If she is “a wall”, pure and of good moral character, they will increase her value by adding to her dowry. If she is “a door”, easily seduced, they will barricade her with planks of cedar, limiting access to her. They will be strict and protect her from men’s advances and her own weakness.
I am a wall,
And my breasts like towers;
Then I became in his eyes
As one who found peace.
Song of Solomon 8:10
She was a wall, she was morally pure. In her purity she was not an androgynous individual. She had grown and her breasts were noticeable. He delights in them and this brings him peace and contentment, especially when that delight leads to sexual stimulation and satisfaction. The post coital moment is, for every man, a time of great contentment.
Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice with the wife of your youth.
As a loving deer and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
And always be enraptured with her love.
Proverbs 5:18 - 19 NKJV
The first thing you notice on a fortified city is its towers. Some men worry because the first thing they notice about a woman is her breasts, but this verse indicates that this is quite normal. They are placed where they are so that they can be noticed, and if not stared at directly, at least enjoyed in our peripheral vision. This is not a violation of purity. This is not an act of lust. This is just normal and the way God meant it to be.
This verse may also mean that in his arms and in their marriage she is the one who has found great peace and true satisfaction. She is sexual satisfied, and protected.
Sexually Satisfied, and Protected
Solomon had a vineyard at Baal Hamon;
He leased the vineyard to keepers;
Everyone was to bring for its fruit
A thousand silver coins.
My own vineyard is before me.
You, O Solomon, may have a thousand,
And those who tend its fruit two hundred.
Song of Solomon 8:11 - 12
He compares his bride
to his choice vineyard,
to a place of
abundance and joy,
a place of
value beyond price.
Baal-hamon means lord of a multitude. He compares his bride to his choice vineyard, a place of abundance and joy, a place of value beyond price.
And be like a gazelle
Or a young stag
On the mountains of spices.
Song of Solomon 8:14 NKJV
The book concludes with the bride extending a longing sexual invitation to her groom. Her body, like a mountain range, is a curvy place full of sweet fragrances. Hurry, come my beloved and let us make love. I long for your body, especially (here using the colloquial) your marvelous young, strong, virile hard cock.
The Heart of God in the Pleasures of Marriage
The Song of Solomon so delightfully expresses the heart of God in the pleasures of the marriage bed. The lovemaking is exciting, adventuresome, graphic and pure.
It is clear that throughout this erotic poem Solomon and the Shulammite are fully and freely enjoying the sight and sensation of each other’s bodies. Like most people making love He starts at the top and works his way down, savoring each individual part of her anatomy, describing her in intimate and graphically sexual ways. He looks, touches, caresses, kisses, fondles, and in our mind’s eye we are right there with him.
No wonder men and woman have used this book over the years as a manual for making love with their spouse. No wonder it has been a God given source of erotic stimulation, a companion for their private times of intimate pleasure. Both were God’s intended purpose. And last but not least, in all of its pure strong sexuality it gives a beautiful picture of Christ and His Church, and the individual in his relationship with God.
NOTE: if this teaching has been a source of instruction for your lovemaking with your spouse, or a source of arousal for your private moment of self stimulation, I would be delighted to hear your story. I invite you to email me at the address below. If you became aroused and stroked your way to orgasm, not only did you do no wrong, you enjoyed this book in one of the ways God originally intended. My prayer is that it has been as stimulating for you to read as it has been for me to write.
Feedback welcomed and appreciated.
Christians, Nudity and Erotica
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.