A Word Study for Wives From the Song
My wife and I have a little box we share. Over the years it has become a bit of a treasure chest for thoughts and memories. It contains pictures, ideas, and feelings each has had about the other that seemed worth sharing and saving. It contains the special stuff. In it, we also have a shared journal to which we both add whenever the mood strikes us. The chest with all it contains is there for us to just sit and enjoy as we wish, like a dragon with its hoard. A treasure is a nice thing to have. We are not dragons after all, so it is also nice to be able to share some of the items in it since, unlike dragons’ treasures, these are not used up in the sharing.
This list of words and thoughts brought to my attention from the Song was a byproduct of an attempt to make clear to my wife the absolute reality of who and what she was and would, with God’s grace, continue to become. What follows is what I left for her in our little treasure chest.
I got out the thesaurus and the dictionary and then went in search of you in the Song of Songs. As you are written there quite large, the search wasn’t very hard—but it was very rewarding. All the scripture references are, of course, chapter and verse from the Song of Songs. Each adjective the Song brought to mind is listed before a short dictionary definition and or Thesaurus entry. I want to share it with you so you’ll know what I found when I found the reality of you in the power and truth of the scriptures.
The word used most often by far in reference to you is beautiful.
Beautiful: Delight the senses and Exalt the mind.
4:1a “How beautiful you are my darling. Oh how beautiful.”
4:7 “You are altogether beautiful my darling and there is no blemish in you.”
4:10 “How beautiful is your love my sister, my bride.”
Lovely: Enjoyable, delightful, sweet, dear and beloved
2:14 “Let me see your form, let me hear your voice. For your voice is sweet and your form is lovely.”
Wonderful: Marvelous, exciting wonder, admirable.
4:15 “You are a garden spring, a well of living water and streams flowing from Lebanon.”
Appealing: Attractive and interesting.
2:2 “Like a lily among the thorns, so is my darling among the maidens.”
Attractive: Appealing and charming
4:16 “Awake the North wind and come South wind. Blow on my garden, that the fragrance may spread abroad. Let my lover come into his garden and taste of its choice fruits.”
Delightful: Greatly pleasing.
7:6a “How beautiful and how delightful you are my love with all your charms.”
Pleasant: A source of enjoyment and satisfaction.
8:10b “Thus have I become in his eyes as one who finds peace and contentment.”
Splendid: Radiant, magnificent, satisfying, praiseworthy.
6:4 “You are beautiful my darling… majestic as troops with banners.”
6:10 “Who is this that looks down like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, majestic as the stars in procession?”
Comely: Graceful and pleasing appearance.
1:9 “To me my darling you are like my mare among the chariots of Pharaoh.”
Shapely: Well proportioned.
7:1b “The curves of your hips are like jewels, the work of the hands of an artist.”
Gorgeous: Resplendent, magnificent, strikingly beautiful.
Captivating: Fascinating with special charm or beauty.
Charming: Power to please and attract.
7:5b, 6 “The king is captivated by your tresses. How beautiful and how delightful you are my beloved with all your charms.”
Bewitching: Enchanting and alluring.
Enchanting: Delight completely, enrapture.
Alluring: To entice with something desirable, tempt.
4:9 “You have made my heart beat faster my sister, my bride, you have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eyes. How beautiful is your love my sister, my bride.”
Luscious: Sensually appealing
Delicious: Highly pleasing
7:7-9 “Your stature is like a palm tree and your breasts are like its clusters.” I said, “I will climb the palm tree, I will take hold of its fruit stalks.”
“Oh, may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, and the fragrance of your breath like apples, and your mouth like the best wine.”
Succulent: Full of juice.
4:11 ”Your lips my bride drip honey, honey and milk are under your tongue.”
5:5 “I arose to open to my beloved; and my hands dripped with myrrh, and my fingers with liquid myrrh on the handles of the bolt.”
5:1 “I have come into my garden my sister, my bride; I have gathered my
myrrh along with my balsam. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk.”
“Eat friends, drink and become drunk, oh lovers.”
Voluptuous: Characterized by sensual pleasure, full and appealing in form.
7:2, 3 “Your navel is like a round goblet which never lacks mixed wine; your belly is like a heap of wheat fenced about with lilies. Your breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle.”
Seductive: To induce to lovemaking.
2:17 “Until the cool of the day when the shadows flee away, turn my beloved and be to me like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices!”
3:4, 5 “When I found him whom my soul loves, I held on to him and would not let him go, until I had brought him to my mother’s house, and into the room of her who conceived me.”
7:11, 12 “Come my lover, let us go to the countryside, let us spend the night in the henna bushes!”
8:2, 3 “I would lead you into the house of my mother and into the chamber of her that conceived me. I would give you spiced wine to drink, the nectar of my own pomegranates. His left hand is under my head and his right arm embraces me.”
8:14 “Hurry my beloved and be to me like a stag on the mountains of spices!”
Beautiful: To delight the sense and exalt the mind. Indeed!
In many ways, verse 8:10—listed above under the unassuming word “Pleasant”—may be one of the most important in the entire Song. When the beloved comes to a true and secure knowledge of how beautiful she actually is she becomes even more wonderful and beautiful as she is now one who has found peace and can bring contentment. I want to see that you can find that kind of peace and live in it as fully as possible as you then bring me contentment as well.
When I hold those shapely hips in my hands to then mount you as the stag for whom you have called, my mind has only one focus. I no longer think these words but instead, see and feel them all as we make love together before Him who designed us for it.
Wherever I am, whenever I think of you, I see you as you are because all of these words that describe you are true and come flooding over and through me. They are from the real and true word of God and remind me of the real and true you He has given me as my wife. You really are all these things and more. Not because I say so but because He says so, Amen. I am yours, you are mine, together we are His and in Him, we are in love and make love.
“You are beautiful my sister, my bride; Oh how Beautiful!”
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