They are in the right place at the right time. Let’s let them delight in each other as they now have become one.
Now if you think the story ends here and they live happily ever after, you have been exposed to too many fairy tales. Life goes on after the wedding. So we come to a major difference in the marriage. For her what better than to be ready to spend time with each other. They can eat and have sex and cuddle and have long conversations. For him he wants to provide well for his wife and family and spends extra time in the fields and building up the flocks so that he can provide for them and their family over the long term. He is trying to do good for her, and she is trying to do good for him. Both think they are right and that the other one is insensitive or doesn’t understand.
He was working late, she was ready for him to come home sooner, then she became irritated that he wasn’t home, finally she gave up and went to bed. Let’s return to them as he arrives at home.
Waking up, then sitting up in bed. Eventually getting up and going to the door and opening it, but he is already gone. She speaks to the audience.
5.2 I was asleep, but my heart was awake.
A voice: My beloved knocking, “open to me my sister, my darling companion,
My dove, my perfect one
For my head is filled with dew, my hair with damp of the night.
3 I had taken off my cloak; must I put it on back on?
I had washed my feet; must I get them dirty
4 My beloved extended his hand through the latch opening,
and my heart deeply longed for him.
5 I arose to open my beloved and my hands dripped with myrrh,
and my finger with liquid myrrh, upon the handle of the bolt.
6 I opened to my beloved, but my beloved had turned and gone.
My soul went out when he spoke. I sought him but did not find him.
I called out to him, but he did not answer me.
7 They found me – the watchmen who go about in the city.
They struck me; they bruised me; they took my shawl from upon me –
Those watchman of the walls.
I’m not sure how much of this she told the other women. But she has let them know that he isn’t with her and she wants to find him.
Now she is with her friends
8 I want you to promise me, O young women of Jerusalem,
If you find my beloved, that you will tell him that I am faint from love.
Friends sarcastically asking what makes him better than any other man — their attitude is that all men are dumb and insensitive. They also use this term ‘most beautiful of women’ that he had used to describe her earlier. The implication is that if she is the ‘most beautiful of women’ why isn’t he with her now.
5.9 How is your beloved better than another beloved, O fairest among women?
How is your beloved better than another beloved, that you so earnestly ask us to promise this?
5.10 My beloved is radiant and lustrous, distinguished among ten thousand.
11 His head is purest gold. His hair is like palm leaves, but black as a raven.
12 His eyes are like does beside streams of water,
bathed in milk, perched over a pool.
13 His cheeks are like a bed of spice,
towers of perfumes.
His lips are lotus flowers, dripping liquid myrrh.
14 His hands are cylinders of gold set with golden topaz.
His abdomen is a plate of ivory covered with sapphires.
15 His legs are marble pillars set upon pedestal of purest gold.
His appearance is like Lebanon, distinguished as its cedars.
16 His mouth is sweetness itself.
Everything about him is desirable to me!
This is my lover and companion, O young women of Jerusalem.