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Those labels make the male the active pursuer, following the conventions of romance. They mask the reality of this poem, that the woman is patently doing most of the pursuing. That should be one of the clues that this is not a conventional romance. So I’m calling these characters “the Woman” and “the Loved One” in that order. I’ve already proposed that the relationship between them is the relationship between God and his people.
Originally posted by windword
I have been told that the book Song of Songs is a metaphor for the relationship between God and "you", since I was young. Your theory is in good company.
Does God pick us, or do we pick God?
Song of Songs 2
3 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.
4 Let him lead me to the banquet hall,
and let his banner over me be love.
9 My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Look! There he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattice.
Song of Songs 2
14 My dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the hiding places on the mountainside,
show me your face,
let me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely.
The Shulamite Woman married King Solomon. She was a young virgin, probably about 16 years old, whom Solomon found when he was out in the country touring his vineyards. Anyway, after the marriage, she could never get over the love for her Right Man, her Shepherd Lover. So she escaped from Solomon's harem in a daring rescue by her brothers (SOS 6:10-13). Solomon turned around and married another princess, a young belly dancer (SOS 7:1-8), and lived unhappily ever after. The Shulamite Woman was united with her Shepherd Lover, her Right Man, and lived happily ever after.
Originally posted by 3NL1GHT3N3D1
"The clefts of the rock", meaning He is singling out one rock then denoting all of the clefts on said rock.
I still do not see where He calls for She to come out. I see She calling He to come out, but not the other way around. Could you point to the exact verse? She is asking He (the gazelle) to come out.