1 Behold (The shepherd speaking. This is how Father sees you when you repent), you are fair, my friend; gaze on, you are fair; you have doves' eyes (referring to the large melting eyes of the dove: a "clean" bird) behind (or through your veil): your hair is as a flock of goats, that springing down from mount Gilead. (Its alive and glistens)
2 Your teeth are like a flock of sheep that are evenly shorn (perfect, none missing), which came up from the washing; all of which are paired, and none is bereaved among them.
3 Your lips are like a braid of scarlet, and your mouth is comely (beautiful): your checks are like a part of a pomegranate within your locks. (Ready for springing forth fruit.)
4 Your neck is like the tower of David built for an armory, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men. (Straight and upright.)
5 Your two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies. (Symbolic of watch-towers.)
6 When the day cools (the Shulamite here, referring to 2:17, answering that that very evening she will quit Jerusalem and go to their delightful country), and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.
7 You are all fair, my love (the shepherd speaks); there is no spot in you. (See 2 Thess. 3.)
8 You will come with me from Lebanon, my betrothed, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana (= covenant), from the top of Shenir ( = snow) and Hermon (= peak), from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards. (He gives these names to Jerusalem and the royal residence. He will protect you. Cp. Ezek. 19:7.; 22;25. Nah. 2:12.)
9 You have put heart into me, my sister, my betrothed; you have ravished my heart with one of your eyes (With one glance. It was customary to unveil one eye in conversation), with one chain round your neck. (Do you understand Father's emotion when you say "I love You"!)
10 How fair is your love, my sister, my betrothed! how much better is your love than wine! and the smell of your ointments than all spices!
11 Your lips, O my betrothed, drop [honey] as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under your tongue; and the smell of your garments is like the smell of Lebanon.
12 A garden closed (bolted and barred) is my sister, my betrothed; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. (He knows where you are. Seal of God [Rev. 4:4]. He considers you to be protected and arrayed in beautiful things.)
13 Your plants are a paradise of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits (produce life in abundance); cypress, with spikenard,
14 Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all sort of frankincense trees; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spice plants: (All very precious.)
15 [With] a garden-fountain (without which no garden was complete), a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.
16 Awake (the Shulamite speaks in response [the word of the elect], with the eloquent brevity of her overwrought feelings), O north wind; and come, you south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out.
Let my beloved come into its garden, and eat his pleasant fruits. (Shepherd speaks here. Spiritual wedding.)