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

Why does the young man ask the young woman to open to him?

Song of Solomon 5:2 (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.”

The request that the woman open her door to let the man in suggests the desire for physical intimacy.1 But it is a request, not a demand. He speaks to her with great tenderness as my sister, my love, my dove, my perfect one.2 What is at one level a dream about the opening (or not) of a door is in fact at another level a dream about sexual intimacy (or not) between the two lovers.3