About made me blush! 

Song of Solomon 7: 6-12 6 How beautiful you are and how pleasing, my love, with your delights! 7 Your stature is like that of the palm, and your breasts like clusters of fruit. 8 I said, “I will climb the palm tree; I will take hold of its fruit.” May your breasts be like clusters of grapes on the vine, the fragrance of your breath like apples, 9 and your mouth like the best wine. May the wine go straight to my beloved, flowing gently over lips and teeth. 10 I belong to my beloved, and his desire is for me. 11 Come, my beloved, let us go to the countryside, let us spend the night in the villages. 12 Let us go early to the vineyards to see if the vines have budded, if their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates are in bloom— there I will give you my love. 

I suppose it’s only right that I would arrive at Song of Solomon for this first Everyday Bible post about the top songs today. I’ll be frank, I thought there wasn’t much chance of finding anything to approximate the lyrics from Sam Smith’s song but I was surprised.

The verses in Song of Solomon are intended to be poetic and literally a song. As you can see above they extoll the virtues of the human body in much the same way that the lyrics to Mr. Smith’s song do. They are the slightly racy exchange of two lovers. I didn’t catch it the first time through but both the man and woman speak. In fact they even talk about going to the countryside to take things to the next level. Obviously they’re not in a Cadillac but who would have known, huh?

I count myself among those who thought there weren’t any places in the bible that talked about passion, at least not this kind. Now, to be sure, there are plenty of verses that discuss how sex is supposed to be viewed. The bible’s real clear on that. However just the fact that these verses are included makes me appreciate the bible even more.

I figure that God made us with a purpose, each and every one of us. I also think that we are designed by God. So I have to figure that our passion for the opposite sex was a part of that also. Sure there’s “be fruitful and multiply” but according to Solomon there’s some real appreciation for the human form in there also. It’s not all just dutifully making babies to continue the species.

Certainly Sam Smith wasn’t the first to croon about the virtues of the female form and he surely won’t be the last. It’s just good to know he’s merely one in a long line of guys that sang about it and the line goes way, way back and includes the wisdom of a bright guy named Solomon.

The Everyday Question: How does seeing this kind of verse affect your view of the Bible? 

I hope you liked this new project for the Everyday Bible. Let me know what you think. Each week I’ll pull one of the top songs in a particular genre of music and examine its theme and what the bible says about it. If you think you know someone that might be intrigued by this, please share this post with them. 

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