1. Song of Solomon 4:5 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

How are the woman's breasts like two fawns that graze among the lilies?

Song of Solomon 4:5 (ESV)

5 Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle, that graze among the lilies.

The bodily symmetry of her two breasts allows comparison with twins, also an image of fertility.1 Fawns are found out in the pastures and throughout the Song, a rural, pastural setting is seen as the place of romance and intimacy.2 Comparing her breasts to fawns draws on the sense of tenderness that such delicate animals give.3

The image of these creatures grazing among the lilies gives a peaceful, pastoral scene feasting on the richest of food. Elsewhere the man is described as a gazelle who grazes among the lilies. So, the description points towards the fulfilment of the man’s own desires, which are now on the point of being realized .4