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

Why is the man's head wet with dew?

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.”

As in Song of Solomon 2:8–17, the man in this verse seems to have come from quite a distance at night to seek her out, since his head is wet with dew. In the previous chapter, the woman’s abundant moisture symbolized her readiness to receive the man; here his wetness symbolizes the frustrating reality of being shut out of his own house.1 It is also quite possible that describing his head as wet with dew gives a surface motivation for his wanting to come into her warmth and alerts us to the state of his arousal.2 Again, this is not describing literal events, but is a metaphorical description of her experience of her husband approaching her for sexual intimacy.