1. Song of Solomon 5:14 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Why does the woman say that the man's arms are rods of gold with jewels?

Song of Solomon 5:14 (ESV)

14 His arms are rods of gold, set with jewels. His body is polished ivory, bedecked with sapphires.

She now moves from his head to his body. The metaphor changes from mainly natural images to images drawn from the world of sculpture and architecture, which are perhaps better suited to describe the man’s strength and stature.1

It is worth noting that the description she gives of her husband is not mainly meant to communicate his physical appearance, but rather she is expressing the very high regard she has for him and how he makes her feel.2 She describes his arms as rods of gold, set with jewels. Gold is combined with a variety of gemstones to express the infinite value of his person.3