1. Song of Solomon 6:13 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Who asks the woman to return?

Song of Solomon 6:13 (ESV)

13 Return, return, O Shulammite, return, return, that we may look upon you. Why should you look upon the Shulammite, as upon a dance before two armies?

As has happened before in the Song, the broader community responds to the relationship of love between the young couple. Twice they call on her to return. This raises the question for the reader, From where?

In Song of Solomon 6:11–12, the young woman has expressed how she has been caught up in the joy and emotional ecstasy of renewed intimacy with her beloved. So, the community may be calling her back from that experience, not to prevent it or because they are opposed to it, but because they want to share in her joy. They call her back so that they may look upon her. They want to be with her and appreciate her beauty and happiness.