MARRIED – HE HAS WORKED LATE FOR HER – SHE HAS PREPARED THEIR HOME FOR HIM — THEY BOTH END UP ANNOYED.
I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My lover is knocking: “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 lover thrust his hand through the latch-opening; my heart began to pound for him.
my dove is referring to her purity, and loveliness, flawless one or perfect one refers to her as the one on whom his love and devotion is centered without any division of loyalty. (24) page 43
this verse is her excuse or response I’m already in bed and clean (my comment –great line here – “Faulty excuses have actually been given in rejection of sexual advances”) (24) page 45
Solomon is so anxious to be with his wife he stretches his hand through the hole in the door, either in order to try to open it or as a plea to her to open the door. Regardless, Solomon’s efforts to have the door opened by putting his hand through the lattice demonstrate his longing for Shulamit” (24) page 44
They were both doing something that good help the relationship. But without communicating to each other, the positive became a negative.
One observation — his head is wet with dew. That means he has been outside, he wasn’t inside with someone else. She could be reasonable sure that he really had been working — he had groves, and vineyards, and sheep — plenty of outdoor work. So she wasn’t thinking that he was being unfaithful, she was thinking that he was working — maybe a workaholic. Both of them knew that her excuses were weak. She thought she was just making him suffer for a little while. That isn’t how it worked out.