Song of Solomon 1:15 “Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes.” The bridegroom, held in his beloved’s embrace, thrills with her beauty. “Behold…” Look and see! Is there anyone who would not see what the lover sees? No one who will behold her as he has done! “Thou art fair, my love.” What a comfort to his bride, who so recently was lamenting her blackness and in shame asking that no one look at her! Now, her husband looks on her and exclaims in delight that she is beautiful! “He that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11). How like our Lord to exalt us when we have gone from seeing the shame of our own sinfulness to being taken up with the wonder of his person.“My love…” The one who is the object of his love. Never doubt our Savior’s love. He who has chosen you will never cease from loving you! “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 33:3). Our eternal lover has promised to never forget us, having inscribed us on his hands: “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands” (Isa. 49:16). Indeed, the scars of the nail prints will remain through eternity as a reminder of his everlasting love! Oh, for husbands who could learn to love with such unending fervor!
“Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair.” He repeats it twice… as if he cannot help himself…as if to reassure her that the unbelievable is true. The Hebrew word for fair is yapa, which means “beautiful.” It also brings to mind the idea of being “unblemished.” Fair weather is that which is clear and sunny…unclouded. “Thou hast doves’ eyes.” It is said that Syrian doves have very large, luminous eyes. Doves were used for food and sacrifices, and they are among the world’s most docile of all creatures…not only beautiful, but characterized by gentleness and meekness. As the husband was held in his love’s embrace, what did he see most clearly? Her large, open, unclouded eyes. Her eyes, as “harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16), trusting, glowing with purity and passion. What a challenge for wives, and for all who would hold Christ tightly to our hearts. Are our eyes clear and bright, full of gentle meekness and pure passion, signifying preparedness for sacrifice? May our hearts so burn within us that all the chaff of self is consumed and the fire of his presence is alone reflected in our gaze!