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Song of Songs Chapters 1-2 – Beauty

Chapter 1 and the start of chapter 2 talk a lot about beauty. The woman in the song does not meet the cultural expectation of beauty, and has been mistreated by her brothers. But her beloved sees her as beautiful anyway, and his character and faithfulness make him more attractive to her. The passage ends with the common refrain of the song, not to awaken love before its time. While many churches either shy away from the topic of premarital sex, or use it to imply that sex is bad, this book takes neither approach. Because of how wonderful love and sex are, they should be protected within God’s design of marriage.