1. Song of Solomon 7:7 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

How is the young woman like a palm tree that the man will climb?

Song of Solomon 7:7 (ESV)

7 Your stature is like a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters.

He finishes his poem of admiration with a general declaration of her beauty and all the delights she promises (Song of Solomon 7:6), but he then describes how he is going to act on his love for her (Song of Solomon 7:7–9a). He uses the image of a palm tree with its fruit. The tree is tall and slender which means the fruit stands out all the more. He likens the fruit clusters to her breasts, and his intention to make love to her is described as climbing up her palm-like body and fondling her fruit-like breasts.1

The man’s eyes have moved up from her feet to her head; now his body wishes to follow.2 As in Song of Solomon 4:5–7, the breasts are the focus of the man’s sexual attraction and the stimulus to his desire. He says that her breasts are like clusters of fruit and that he will climb the tree and seize the fruit. The meaning of this metaphor can hardly be missed.3