1. Song of Solomon 3:6 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Why does she come out of the wilderness?

Song of Solomon 3:6 (ESV)

6 What is that coming up from the wilderness like columns of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all the fragrant powders of a merchant?

The man pictures his young bride coming up from the wilderness (the desert). The wilderness or desert is a hostile, dry, and barren countryside, and so her arrival from there probably indicates a movement towards intimacy and fertility.1