Solomon’s Sex-Filled Song

Sex is for Christians! Biblical Insights for a Lifetime of Purity and Pleasure - Chapter 10

PLEASE NOTE: This e-teaching is not appropriate for children, preadolescents, and many adolescents.

Solomon's Sex-Filled Song, Part 1 (Header Image)

How beautiful and how delightful you are,
My love, with all your charms!
Your stature is like a palm tree,
And your breasts are like its clusters.
I said, “I will climb the palm tree,
I will take hold of its fruit stalks.”
Oh, may your breasts be like clusters of the vine,
And the fragrance of your breath like apples,
And your mouth like the best wine! (Song 7:6-9a).

Many people wonder how the Song of Solomon ever made it into the Jewish and Christian Bible. The usual explanation is that it was likely authored by Solomon (although no one knows for sure) who, according to 1 Kings 4:32, famously authored 1,005 songs. Beyond that, some theologians say that the sensuous scenes described in its chapters are actually allegories of God’s love for Israel or, prophetically, of Jesus’ love for His bride, the church.

It is certainly possible that a prolific polygamist and songwriter could have authored the Song of Songs, as it is alternatively called. Is it, however, an allegory for God’s love? No such claim is made anywhere within the Song of Solomon or elsewhere in the Bible. And I can’t resist asking: Is God’s love for His people truly analogous to a man admiring a woman’s breasts? Moreover, was Israel’s reciprocated love towards God of equal magnitude to His love for them, as is depicted between the lovers in Solomon’s song? Has the church’s reciprocated love been of equal magnitude? If God wanted to describe His devotion to Israel or the church with a marital metaphor, wouldn’t it seem more appropriate if He focused on His covenantal relationship and redemptive sacrifice, as He unmistakably did in other places in Scripture (for example, Is. 54:5-7; Hos. 2:19-20; Eph. 5:25-27)?

Bible Verses About Giving

The Bible has a lot to say about the subject of giving. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, God has always desired that His people give as an expression of their faith in Him.

Picture of a man giving food to the needy

We’ve gathered several verses below on the subject of giving. We’ve also included every mention of the word “giving” in the NASB translation. We hope that this collection of Scripture is a help to you as you study God’s Word.

Bible Verses About Beauty

The Bible has much to say about the subject of beauty. Scripture informs us that God is more focused on inner beauty than outward beauty. God’s Word instructs women to focus on their character and not to be consumed with fashion.

Picture of three beautiful women

We’ve compiled several Bible verses below that describe what beauty looks like in God’s eyes. We’ve also included every mention of the word “beauty” in the NASB translation of the Bible.

More about Masturbation

Sex is for Christians! Biblical Insights for a Lifetime of Purity and Pleasure - Chapter 8

PLEASE NOTE: This e-teaching is not appropriate for children, preadolescents, and many adolescents.

"More About Masturbation" graphic by David Servant

In spite of the Bible’s complete silence on the subject of masturbation, some Bible believers have been very vocal, and very negative, about it. For example, Victorian-era physician John Harvey Kellogg, the inventor of Corn Flakes and a devoted Seventh Day Adventist, wrote a 600-page book in 1877 titled, Plain Facts about Sexual Life.[1] In it he devoted three entire chapters to the causes, consequences and cures of masturbation, which he termed self-abuse, self-pollution and a secret vice. Kellogg claimed that masturbation was “the most dangerous of all sexual abuses because [it is] the most extensively practiced… nearly universal,” and warned:

It may be begun in earliest infancy, and may continue through life. Even though no warning may have been given, the transgressor seems to know, instinctively, that he is committing a great wrong, for he carefully hides his practice from observation. In solitude he pollutes himself, and with his own hand blights all his prospects for both this world and the next…

In Kellogg’s view, even an innocent baby—who like most babies discovers that touching his or her genitals feels pleasurable—could commit the damning sin of masturbation. One alleged proof in Kellogg’s mind of masturbation’s great wrongness is that the masturbator “carefully hides his practice from observation.” I wonder if Dr. Kellogg ever noticed that married couples do the same regarding sex? Or that most everyone seeks privacy when they relieve themselves? Is that because married couples think that marital sex is wrong, or that everyone believes urination is immoral? Is it not true that even the most immodest people still maintain some sense of modesty regarding their genitals?[2]

Bible Verses About Hope

Hope can be challenging to maintain during trying times. God’s Word says a lot about hope and is filled with promises to give you endurance when you feel discouraged.

Bible Verses About Hope

When your heart is heavy, turn to these inspiring verses from the Old and New Testaments about hope. (All verses are taken from the New American Standard Version of the Bible.)

Bible Verses About Anxiety

Are you struggling with anxiety? Even though the Bible says to be anxious for nothing, we all struggle not to worry when we face uncertainty and stressful circumstances. The good news is that God’s Word is filled with promises to help us combat anxiety when it rears its ugly head.

picture of a person experiencing anxiety

Whatever you are facing right now, take some time to read what God’s Word says about anxiety. We have compiled many verses below that address this subject. We pray that they are an encouragement to you! (All verses are taken from the New American Standard Version of the Bible.)

Bible Verses About Faith

All of us face circumstances that test our faith. Perhaps your faith is struggling now. Or maybe you just want to learn more about a specific aspect of faith. Regardless of your questions, the Bible is filled with verses to guide your understanding of this subject.

Bible Verses About Faith

Faith is mentioned 451 times in the New American Standard Version of the Bible. The Bible certainly has a lot to say about this subject! We’ve compiled hundreds of verses by category and books of the Bible below. We hope that our exhaustive collection is an encouragement and inspiration to your faith. (All verses are taken from the New American Standard Version of the Bible.)

This is the Chapter About Masturbation

Sex is for Christians! Biblical Insights for a Lifetime of Purity and Pleasure - Chapter 7

PLEASE NOTE: This e-teaching is not appropriate for children, preadolescents, and many adolescents.

"This is the Chapter About Masturbation" by David Servant

Because I happen to know that there is a lot of interest in the topic of masturbation, I also realize that the danger exists that many readers started this book by scanning the table of contents in hopes of locating a chapter on the subject. You can see by my chapter title that I’ve made it very easy for those readers to find what interests them.

If you are one of those readers, however, I’m going to request that you employ some restraint and not read it without first reading all the prior chapters. The reason is because those chapters frame this one within some essential context. We’ve considered some “strange sexual Scriptural stories” and some relevant revelation from the Mosaic Law. I’ve warned strongly against the dangers of porn. Those earlier chapters lay a foundation that will help make this one even more beneficial than it would otherwise be. If you haven’t already read them, please do.

OK, from this point onward, I’m going to trust that every reader has heeded my advice. So now let’s talk about masturbation.

Single and Sexual

Sex is for Christians! Biblical Insights for a Lifetime of Purity and Pleasure - Chapter 6

PLEASE NOTE: This e-teaching is not appropriate for children, preadolescents, and many adolescents.

A guide for singles struggling with their sexuality

As I was writing earlier chapters, my heart was going out to single adults who are striving to be sexually pure, as I knew I might be stirring desires they’re struggling to suppress. It’s not always easy to follow Jesus in a sex-saturated society, and it is especially challenging for single Christians. The temptation to compromise sexually on some level is significant.

Consider the email below that I received from a Kenyan teenager while I was writing this chapter. You may be surprised to read how young she was when she was introduced to porn and became sexually active, but her story represents the tragic experience and regular struggles of innumerable Christian singles: