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

How does the young man respond to the woman's invitation?

Song of Solomon 5:1 (ESV)

1 I came to my garden, my sister, my bride, I gathered my myrrh with my spice, I ate my honeycomb with my honey, I drank my wine with my milk. Eat, friends, drink, and be drunk with love!

The whole resolution of the situation is reported in this verse. The young man finds the garden and consumes that which is within. The obstacles have been overcome and there is feasting.1 The man’s response is discreet and restrained. It speaks of the joy of sexual love without being vulgar, but the meaning is clear. The list of luxuries mentioned imply that he has enjoyed her pleasures to the full.2

The woman is no longer a garden; she is my garden. There are no fewer than eight first-person singular possessives (my) in the sixteen Hebrew words in this verse. Now the myrrh, spice, honeycomb, honey, wine, and milk described in Song of Solomon 4:10–15 belong to him and is for him alone to enjoy.3

The man describes the woman as my sister, my bride. The family wall that separated them in Song of Solomon 2:9 has been removed. She has left her father and mother and been joined to her husband, and the two have become one flesh (Genesis 2:24).4