-Sexual Imagery In Song Of Songs

The book of Song of Songs, or as some call Song of Solomon, is a book about sexual expression of love in marriage. It also speaks of the jealousy involved in a polygamist relationship with many other women involved. This is not a book for kids. It is x-rated in its content. But it is also included in the canon of scripture for a reason. God foreknew the movement of Asceticism, and the Song Of Songs puts to rest the ideas of God's people being prudish in sex and deniers of the pleasures gifted to us in marriage. Many have tried to claim the Song Of Songs is allegorical representing the relationship between God and Israel, or Christ and the Church. This was 1st put forth by the early Christian scholar Origen, who was influenced by Asceticism. The problem with this interpretation is that there is zero bases for it other than the presence of ascetic influence. The Song of Songs is never quoted by Christ or any of the apostles to suggest any such interpretation. The book is however symbolic using poetic wording to express the beauty of love and sex.

In regards to sexual imagery, the book of Song Of Songs presents many. Reading the text is like reading that of a pornographic story. If these things are not to be thought of in our minds, then why is the holy scriptures provoking our imaginations with such sexual thought? The fact is that none of these things are sinful when done in the context of marriage. God created our sexuality for our pleasure. Our imaginations are designed to imagine these things and spark arousal. There is nothing sinful or unholy regarding the physical pleasures of sex.

Song of Songs 1
This chapter starts with the courtship of Solomon and his love. They fall in love.

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—for your love is more delightful than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. v2-3 (Wine, fragrance, and perfumes all symbolize sexual pleasure of the senses.)

I liken you, my darling, to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariot horses. Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels. We will make you earrings of gold, studded with silver. v9-11 (The Shulammite woman is finest of all of Solomon's wives and concubines in her beauty.)

While the king was at his table, my perfume spread its fragrance. My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts. v12-13 (This is speaking of a sexual attraction between the two in courtship.)

How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves. How handsome you are, my beloved! Oh, how charming! And our bed is verdant. v15-16 (They fall in love with each other.)

Song Of Songs 2
This chapter begins and ends with physical desire and passion burning within the two lovers. 

Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste. v3 (Uhhh, the woman fantasizes about giving him a blow job. It's getting x-rated about now.) 

Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love. His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me. v5-6 (The woman continues to fantasize about having sex with Solomon.)

Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. v7 (This is a repeated warning regarding the desires of one's fantasies of the mind to not arouse sexual relations until marriage.)

My beloved is mine and I am his; he browses among the lilies. Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the rugged hills. v16-17 (The woman is claiming Solomon as her own even though he has many other wives and concubines, symbolized as the lilies. In her jealously, she wants him to turn to her.) 

Song Of Songs 3
This chapter starts with the night before the wedding and ends at the beginning of the wedding.

Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. v5 (Another warning to wait until after the wedding to act on the desires for sex.)

Look on King Solomon wearing a crown, the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, the day his heart rejoiced. v11 (The wedding has come.)

Song Of Songs 4
This chapter starts with the wedding and ends at the wedding night.

Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, I will go to the mountain of myrrh and to the hill of incense. v6 (Solomon is captivated by her beauty at the start of the chapter and is yearning for the wedding night when they can have sex.)

You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain. v12 (The woman is a virgin. The garden symbolizes the vagina.)

Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits, v13 (Solomon is fantasizing about having sex with his bride. Plants, orchard, pomegranates, and choice fruits are all symbolizing the pleasures within and around the vagina.) 

Awake, north wind, and come, south wind! Blow on my garden, that its fragrance may spread everywhere. Let my beloved come into his garden and taste its choice fruits. v16 (Ughhh, it's getting freaky again. The north wind awakening is Solomon's erection. The south wind is the intercourse into the woman's vagina. "Blow on my garden" is the ejaculation into the vagina. This could also be referencing "going down on the woman." Either way, this is some x-rated porn in the Bible.)

Song Of Songs 5
This chapter talks about the morning after the wedding night.

I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. v1 (The wedding night has past.)

“Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night.” I have taken off my robe—must I put it on again? I have washed my feet—must I soil them again? My beloved thrust his hand through the latch-opening; my heart began to pound for him. I arose to open for my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with flowing myrrh, on the handles of the bolt. v2-5 (Solomon is going for more with some morning sex. "Head drenched with dew" is not talking about his actual head, but the head of his penis being covered in pre-ejaculation cum. Solomon is naked by taking of his robe. He has washed his genitals, symbolized by his feet. He thrust his penis into her vagina, symbolized by the hand and latch-opening. She then gives him a hand job and finishes him off. Yes this is in the Bible.)

Song Of Songs 6
This chapter starts with the day after the wedding night and finds Solomon among his other wives and concubines. And ends with the jealousy of Solomon's other women.

My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to browse in the gardens and to gather lilies. I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he browses among the lilies. v2-3 (Solomon left for the day. Where did he go? He went to see his other wives and concubines symbolized by the lilies and gardens. But the 
Shulammite claims that he is hers which indicates jealousy and yearning.)

Sixty queens there may be, and eighty concubines, and virgins beyond number; but my dove, my perfect one, is unique, the only daughter of her mother, the favorite of the one who bore her. The young women saw her and called her blessed; the queens and concubines praised her. v8-9 (Solomon had 60 wives, 80 concubines, and virgins beyond number at the time of his wedding to the 
Shulammite. Solomon tried to comfort the woman that everything would be ok, that she was special.)

Who is this that appears like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, majestic as the stars in procession?
I went down to the grove of nut trees to look at the new growth in the valley, to see if the vines had budded or the pomegranates were in bloom. Before I realized it, my desire set me among the royal chariots of my people.
Come back, come back, O Shulammite; come back, come back, that we may gaze on you! v10-13 (Solomon went to attend to the responsibilities of his kingdom duties. All the while the jealousy is stirred up among his other women about his new wife.)

Song Of Songs 7
This chapter starts with many complements from Solomon to his wife in regards to her beauty. It ends with the two lovers having sex. 

Your stature is like that of the palm, and your breasts like clusters of fruit. I said, “I will climb the palm tree; I will take hold of its fruit.” May your breasts be like clusters of grapes on the vine, the fragrance of your breath like apples, and your mouth like the best wine. v7-9 (Solomon and his new wife have more sex.)

Song Of Songs 8
This chapter starts with expressing the strong passions of love and desire as well as the jealousy of the other wives and concubines. It ends with the lovers running off together.

If only you were to me like a brother, who was nursed at my mother’s breasts! Then, if I found you outside, I would kiss you, and no one would despise me. v1 (The woman does not like the jealousy of all of Solomon's other women.)

Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. v4 (Again the warning to wait until marriage before having sex, but this time she warns the women of Jerusalem as she is now married.)

Under the apple tree I roused you; there your mother conceived you, there she who was in labor gave you birth. Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned. v5-7 (The 
Shulammite speaks of the powerful passions of love. She is jealous of the other women and want's to be Solomon's one and only love.)

We have a little sister, and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister on the day she is spoken for? If she is a wall, we will build towers of silver on her. If she is a door, we will enclose her with panels of cedar. (The jealousy continues from the other women as they appear to mocking the 
I am a wall, and my breasts are like towers. Thus I have become in his eyes like one bringing contentment. Solomon had a vineyard in Baal Hamon; he let out his vineyard to tenants. Each was to bring for its fruit a thousand shekels of silver. But my own vineyard is mine to give; the thousand shekels are for you, Solomon, and two hundred are for those who tend its fruit. v8-12 (The Shulammite strikes back at the other women with a rebuttal. She says that she brings contentment and satisfaction to Solomon. Solomon's vineyard is his body, the tenants are all his women. The thousand shekels of silver is the dowry price of his wives he paid for them.)

You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice! v13 (Solomon speaks to all his women.)
Come away, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the spice-laden mountains. v14 (The 
Shulammite calls Solomon to go away with her away from the other women.)