1. Song of Solomon 5:2–8 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What is the function of Song of Solomon 5:2-8 in the book?

Song of Solomon 5:2–8 (ESV)

2 I slept, but my heart was awake. A sound! My beloved is knocking. “Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my perfect one, for my head is wet with dew, my locks with the drops of the night.”

This poem (Song of Solomon 5:2–8) deliberately mirrors the poem in Song of Solomon 3:1–5. The big change that has taken place in the young woman’s relationship with her beloved since the poem in Song of Solomon 3:1–5 is of course their wedding, and the consummation of their marriage in Song of Solomon 4:1 – 5:2.

Everything before the central section of Song of Solomon 4:1 – 5:2 describes the lovers' experience in the build-up to their wedding and consummation, and everything that follows describes their experience after the wedding and consummation.