1. Song of Solomon 6:4 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

In what way is the woman as awesome as an army with banners?

Song of Solomon 6:4 (ESV)

4 You are beautiful as Tirzah, my love, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners.

The man compares her to an army with its banners. The main point is majesty. The sight of an army gathered for battle can be terrifying. The same term (awesome) is used to describe the terrifying Babylonian army in Habakkuk 1:7. The woman’s beauty captures the man’s attention in a way that makes his knees knock.1

This is a new note in the man’s description of the woman. A city is not a comfortable, domesticated image of beauty, like a dove or a flock of sheep, rather it is a proud, glorious, and awe-inspiring image.2