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Love in the Key of Delight 2

Song of Songs 1:2-4, the words of the young woman, reads:
2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
for your love is more delightful than wine.
3 Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;
your name is like perfume poured out.
No wonder the maidens love you!
4 Take me away with you—let us hurry!
Let the king bring me into his chambers.
We rejoice and delight in you;
we will praise your love more than wine.
How right they are to adore you!

Almost like Genesis 1:1, the Song bursts into creative energy and action. The woman desires her young lover — almost as if she is thinking about him (even though he’s near her). A woman’s desire for the kisses — and her comparison of those kisses to the delight of wine because both wine and love intoxicate — her delight in the fragrance of his perfumes and even more in his very name elevate her into a state of realizing what she’s got in her lover. “No wonder the maidens love you!”
With all this attraction to the young man, she urges him to take her away — let us hold hands and run off — or let him pull me as only a lover can pull his lover. “Let the king,” she says, “bring me into his chambers.” We will enjoy one another so much, she says, that we will end up counting kisses as more delightful than (good) wine.
All of us, she says, adore you (her royal lover) and there are good reasons to adore him.
Love sees the grandeur, the beauty, the privilege, and the pleasure of the other. “Tell him” some current love song exhorts its listeners. She does. It’s a good thing to exult in the one you love.

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posted April 3, 2007 at 2:38 am

woo-ee! That is hot! (fanning myself) So very true of the pull of lover – the remembrance of him as lovers and when in the act, and – let us get to the bed NOW and once again delight in each other. Steamy as some well written love scenes I’ve read in certain selected books.
I read “fragrance of your perfumes” being maybe the distinctive musk body odor. I’ve heard the things about not bathing as often and masking smell with perfumed oils. Don’t know if that is meant here. From when I was dating my now husband, I was always glad he still smelled like how he smelled. And even now I prefer when he smeall like his smell, not Irish Spring soap.
Woo-hee! Hot stuff.

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posted April 3, 2007 at 9:17 am

Words – » Blogs in Review 4/3/07

[…] Scot McKnight ( continues his series on the Truth about Conservatives with part four discussing chapter 6 of Greeley and Houk’s book. He also continues with part two of his series Love in the key of Delight, looking at Song of Songs 1:2-4. […]

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John Frye

posted April 3, 2007 at 10:18 am

I think the Song is the best commentary on Genesis 2:25–“The man and his wife were both naked and felt no shame.”
BeckyR, cold shower time :)
Funny story: Recently my 6 year grandson told our daughter (his mom), “I’m reading the Song of Solomon now.” He finished Revelation! She sort of jolted and asked about it. He said, “Aw, it’s got a lot of mushy love stuff in it.” :)

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John Frye

posted April 3, 2007 at 7:00 pm

BeckyR and Scot,
I think this post and comments have scared a lot of readers away. Yikes! :0

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Ted Gossard

posted April 4, 2007 at 4:11 am

Great stuff here, Scot. I’ve been meditating now on this book at work. It does remind me of my wife and I. This is how God has made it and how he wants it to continue. And often how he wants to remake it for us in our marriages, surely. Thanks!

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