The Symbolism of a Love Letter – Song of Solomon

Posted by: Brittney Zellner

I can remember days of my youth reading the Song of Solomon and giggling at all the visuals and risqué innuendos. I never really understood why anyone would describe a woman in such a way. When I describe something I love, I think of things that are beautiful to me and apparently, they are not the same type of things that were beautiful to King Solomon. In all seriousness, however, Solomon’s compliments were symbolically more profound than any mere comparison of two objects. Using symbolism I am going to break down chapter four, verses one through five of the description of the woman so that we may see the true intentions of his praises.

First is the scripture and then I will break down the verses into 6 sections. The end will show the complete interpretation of the parable.

The Bridegroom Praises the Bride

Song of Solomon: The Beloved

Behold, you are fair, my love!
 Behold, you are fair!
 You have dove’s eyes behind your veil.
Your hair is like a flock of goats,
 going down from Mount Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of shorn sheep 
which have come up from the washing. 
Every one of which bears twins and none is barren among them. Your lips are like a strand of scarlet and your mouth is lovely. 
Your temples behind your veil
 are like a piece of pomegranate. Your neck is like the tower of David built for an armory, on which hang a thousand bucklers,
 all shields of mighty men. Your two breasts are like two fawns,
 twins of a gazelle,
 which feed among the lilies.

Description of his beloved breakdown

#1 – “You have doves eyes behind your veil…”

The symbols

Eyes symbolize what you know or are aware of.

Doves represent moving on, fresh starts, new beginnings and resolution of conflict. Doves represent peace in modern times and the Hebrew word for dove is “yonah” which comes from the same root word as “yayin”. The meaning of this word is possibly wine, winebibber (habitual drinker of wine) or formal evening meal. Wine represents something or a situation that is celebratory, a sense of completion, a satisfaction with achievements, an end result of a struggle, process and/or change.

A veiled face symbolizes chastity, virtue, and modesty; submission, obedience, or commitment; a divinely recognized authority or power possessed by the veiled person. It was intended to show honor to person veiled. The ark of the covenant was veiled and Moshe when his face shined the light of Yah was veiled. The veil is representative of someone of high honor in the kingdom of Yah and the messianic kingdom.

Solomon’s first compliment was essentially…

“You possess awareness that there is reason to celebrate our new beginnings because you see through the mantle of the honored of Yah”

#2 – “Your hair is like a flock of goats,
 Going down from Mount Gilead”

The Symbols

Hair represents your thoughts.

Goats symbolize persistence, relentlessness, and unwillingness to give up.

Flocks represent working together in unity.

Mt. Gilead would be the high difficult places away (to the east of the kingdom) that she is leaving as she makes her way towards the kingdom.

Second compliment…

“In your thoughts you are not willing to give up as you work towards the kingdom, leaving the hardships of this world while working in unity with the others”

#3 – “Your teeth are like a flock of shorn sheep. 
Which have come up from the washing,
 every one of which bears twins, 
and none is barren among them.”

The Symbols

Teeth represent you worth and value because they denote your ease and ability to grow.

Flocks again represent working together in unity.

To be shorn symbolizes cutting off, scraping off, or the edge of something.

Cleanliness symbolizes how one needs to prepare in order to come into the presence of Yah.

Bearing twins represents bringing forth something new that is double, joined, coupled together, or in conflict, opposites, dualities, choices (as Esau and Jacob, the dueling men within us.) It can also represent producing twice as much, abundance.

Not being barren symbolizes not being empty, not being alone, ability to create, being motivated.

Third compliment:

“Your value and worth is in your ability to work together in unity with others, to cut off what is not needed in order to prepare yourself to come into the presence of Yah. Your worthiness will progress abundantly and you will never be alone.”

#4 – “Your lips are like a strand of scarlet and your mouth is lovely. 
Your temples behind your veil 
are like a piece of pomegranate.”

The Symbols

Lips and mouth are what invites, kisses or brings in growth from food. They are part of the door to the heart and can also represent temptation and desires.

Strands and threads represent what connects things together.

Scarlet can symbolize the birth of something, the death of something, negativity, excessiveness, passion, deceit, your will and your life.

Temples are something thin and lean. They can represent weakness but they can also represent tenderness and delicateness.

A veiled face again symbolizes chastity, virtue, and modesty; submission, obedience, or commitment; a divinely recognized authority or power possessed by the veiled person. It was intended to show honor to person veiled. The Ark of the Covenant was veiled and Moshe when his face shined the light of Yah was veiled. The veil is representative of someone of high honor in the kingdom of Yah and the messianic kingdom.

Pomegranates represent enthusiasm for a lot of new change in life. It can mean that there will be multiple enjoyable benefits perceived to be possible if a change is made. It is from the same root word rimowm and ramam meaning high and lifted up and/or exalted.

Fourth compliment:

“The desires of your heart bring us closer into a fresh and new life together and your aspirations are captivating to me. There is tenderness in your belief of the benefits of changing for Yah and that tenderness is protected by your virtue and your commitment to the honor of his kingdom.”

#5 – “Your neck is like the tower of David,
 built for an armory, on which hang a thousand bucklers,
 all shields of mighty men.”

The Symbols

The neck is the connection between your actions and thoughts. It represents the connection between what you think and what you do.

A tower symbolizes high standards and achievements, superiority and admiration.

David means beloved and also uncle or father’s brother. An uncle is the brother of the father which represents support and keeper for the father.

An armory is a place for guns and arms. These are for protection and for being in control and having self control.

When and object hangs onto something like a tower it represents something for all to see publically and awareness of its importance.

 1000 represents those in the lead, leadership that goes before the rest. These are vulnerable and courageous. The beginning of strength.

 Bucklers are shields and are for defense. They represent thoughts and habits that keep you safe. They are essentially good mental defenses from evil.

Mighty men symbolize strong characteristics

Fifth compliment:

“The reflection of your mind through your actions is the highest standard of brotherly love and support. You have self-control in goals and good defensive habits in view for all to see. These are the strongest and most courageous leadership characteristics.”

#6 – “Your two breasts are like two fawns,
 twins of a gazelle,
 which feed among the lilies.”

The Symbols

The number two represents the son of Yah, choices, balance, divisions, separations and even water because on the second day of creation was when Abba separated the waters and the son of Yah is the water that brings life.

Breasts symbolize your ability to comfort, nurture and provide.

Fawns are young deer in their first year that represent being innocent and naïve.

Twins symbolize abundance, dueling, opposites, cooperation.

Gazelles symbolize quick avoidance of danger and conversely can represent fleeing quickly out of fear.

Feeding represents growth and what you learn and take into your mind.

Lilies symbolize noticing special situations, beautiful situations and being positive.

Sixth compliment:

“You nurture and provide in an innocently balanced way, using cooperation to avoid danger, helping others to grow by being positive.”

The next time you send a love letter to a woman if you are a man, keep in mind the compliments of King Solomon to his beloved. So that instead of a confused expression and questionable response because you compare her features to goats and towers, you will receive humbled tears of sincerity.

You possess awareness that there is reason to celebrate our new beginnings because you see through the mantle of the honored of Yah.

In your thoughts you are not willing to give up as you work towards the kingdom, leaving the hardships of this world behind you work in unity with others.

 Your value and worth is in your ability to work together in unity with others. You cut off what is not needed in order to prepare yourself to come into the presence of Yah. Your worthiness will progress abundantly and you will never be alone.

 The desires of your heart bring us closer into a fresh and new life together and your aspirations are captivating to me. There is a gentleness in your belief of the benefits of changing for Yah and that tenderness is protected by your virtue and your commitment to the honor of his kingdom.

 The reflection of your mind through your actions is the highest standard of brotherly love and support. You have self-control in goals and good defensive habits in view for all to see. These are the strongest and most courageous leadership characteristics.

 You nurture and provide in an innocent and balanced way using cooperation to avoid danger and helping others to grow by being positive.”

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