1. Song of Solomon 1:3 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What are her lover’s anointing oils?

Song of Solomon 1:3 (ESV)

3 your anointing oils are fragrant; your name is oil poured out; therefore virgins love you.

The comparison of the young man’s love with wine continues and she compares it now to fragrant oils. His love excites her senses as does fine perfume.1. Both men and women used fragrant lotions in the harsh climate of the ancient Near East.2 The scent of his oils brings back happy memories for the young woman of past encounters with each other. She longs for more intimacy with him.