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My beloved is mine, and I am his.
He grazes among the lilies. Bible

“grazes among the lilies.” The same phrase occurs in Song 6:3. This is a sexual metaphor, and the Beloved is speaking of her Lover enjoying the bodily pleasures of his beloved. In this verse he is grazing among the lilies, in the next verse he is the gazelle or young stag on her cleft hills. Throughout the Song of Solomon, the “lilies” are connected with the body (Song 2:16; 4:5; 5:13; 6:2, 3; 7:2). While it is true that the Hebrew word translated “grazes” can mean “pastures his flock” (cp. ASV; CJB; NASB) that meaning does not seem likely here. She is focused on the singular attention he gives her.


Commentary for: Song of Songs 2:16