With these scriptural themes in mind, the depth of the beloved’s words to and about her lover begins to become apparent. If the “best ointments” are those given by the Lord to us—if, as Leviticus puts it, the “anointing oil of the Lord” (oleum unctionis Domini; 10:6–11; 21:10–12) is what sets apart the priests of the Lord from others and makes certain actions improper or impossible for them—then the Song’s recall of his loves as “fragrant with your best ointments” shows those who read the Song as a scriptural book that his love for her figures the Lord’s for us. She wants to be anointed—set apart, consecrated—by his kisses and caresses, and in wanting that, in recalling that it has already happened, the Song’s beloved figures the ideal human beloved, the one who receives the Lord’s kisses as they are given and as they ought to be received.

– Paul Griffiths, Song of Songs (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible), Kindle Loc. 1531

Set Apart By Kisses


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