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Love in the Key of Delight 7

posted by xscot mcknight

Now the young man speaks back:
1:15 Ah, you are beautiful, my love;
ah, you are beautiful;
your eyes are doves.
They are in a dialogue now of mutual admiration, an admiration time that evokes delight in their love for one another.
“Ah” could be translated “Look at you!” “You are beautiful” he says to her. He is amazed and delighted in the amazement. He doubles his lines.
“Your eyes are doves” — soft, cooing, gentle, beautiful. Her eyes speak to him of these things. They talk. The dove is the image of love; it is the love bird.
She speaks back to his charming words about her:
1:16 Ah, you are beautiful, my beloved,
truly lovely.
Our couch is green;
17 the beams of our house are cedar,
our rafters are pine.
She says the same of him, “You are beautiful, too.” Captured by his loving beauty and their delight, she looks to the bed …
The “couch is green” suggests earthiness and we are led to ask “Are they in the woods?” Is she looking up to see cedar and pine trees as the canopy under which their grassy bed sits? Or, does his presence with her convert space into Eden?



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bryan

posted April 10, 2007 at 8:17 am


Your “The Influencers” post has vanished.



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Paul D.

posted April 10, 2007 at 8:33 am


On the “Bible Experience” CD, actor Denzel Washington and his wife speak these verses to one another. Listening to their shared love far surpasses reading the words on a page.



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John W Frye

posted April 10, 2007 at 8:38 am


Love *admires* the object (the person) of love. “For God so loved the world…” “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them!” If we go back to Genesis 1-2 (to eikonness), we can see the source of admiring love. If we start with Genesis 3 (fallenness), we fall prey to despising those whom God loves.



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