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I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles or by the does of the field,
that you not stir up nor awaken love
until it so desires. Bible

“until it so desires.” We agree with Duane Garrett and Paul House (Word Biblical Commentary; The New American Commentary), that this phrase is in the context refers to not awakening the intense feelings of love or experimenting with sex until the proper time (cp. NLT: “until the time is right;” HCSB: “until the appropriate time”). God holds the marriage and proper sexual behavior in very high regard, which is why the adjuration not to prematurely awaken love occurs three times in the Song of Solomon (Song 2:7; 3:5; 8:4).


Commentary for: Song of Songs 2:7