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Song of Solomon 1:2 (KJV)

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth:
for thy love is better than wine.

Bible Commentary

Song of Solomon 1:2 is a Bible verse in the Old Testament where the bride of Solomon is expressing her sexual attraction to the one she loves.

This seems like a very simple Bible verse about a woman in love with a man, but since it is the Word of God, it goes deeper. Let’s take a look.

There are some very interesting Hebrew meanings for the word “kiss”. They are: fastening up, to kiss, touch, to equip with weapons. It has a root word with this meaning: to catch fire, burn.


Interestingly, the word “burn” is used elsewhere in the Bible, referring to sexual appetite. After promoting the benefits of being single, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7:9, “But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.”

God ordained the sexual relationship in marriage. That is where it is safe and blessed—under His covering. Hebrews 13:4 says, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” 


In addition to whoremongers and adulterers, fornicators are also exposed outside of God's protective covering of marriage. Webster's dictionary defines fornication as: sexual intercouse between unmarried persons. 

Jude 1:7 speaks of Sodom and Gomorrha, the cities God destroyed, "giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."

The sexual act is a beautiful expression, or extension, of the intimate love bond shared between a man and his wife according to God's ordered design (Ephesians 5:23).

Notice in Song of Solomon 2:1, the bride says, “thy love is better than wine.”

She is saying that the intimate love relationship they share is better than being intoxicated by wine.

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Note that one Hebrew meaning of “love” is: friendship. Each of us has a different “love language”. (I highly recommend the book, The 5 Love Languages.)

Many times for men, the way they feel most loved is through affection and the sexual act. Psalm 19:5 says, “Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.”

Many times, for women, it may be the friendship bond, or intimate communication. Both of these things are critically important for a successful marriage.

Though there are dips and valleys in any marriage relationship, it is important to know that anything can be restored. It’s never too late. In Jesus Christ, nothing is lost.


Psalm 23:1
says, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” If you are in one of those dips or valleys in your marriage relationship, let me gently remind you to make sure you are depending upon God to fulfill your needs.

Though your spouse is your partner in life, your helper and supporter, he or she cannot bear the burden of your full dependence. That job belongs to God alone (Exodus 20:3).

If you are burdened by something your spouse does or doesn’t do, take it to the Lord. He knows exactly what’s going on. He built your desires and needs into you, and He can satisfy them…or change them.


Please don’t take it upon yourself to find someone else, or something else to comfort you. Call upon God.

And refrain from mounting silent resentment against your spouse. That will only lead to a deeper strain in your marriage. Instead, love your spouse unconditionally, the way God loves you (Ephesians 5:33).

Going back to Song of Solomon 1:2 where the bride is receptive to “the kisses of his mouth”, it is important to recognize that the mouth acts like a portal. In this one Bible verse alone, it is referred to in three capacities: communication, kisses and affection, and receiving wine. She addresses them in this order.

Men, take proper care that the words you use toward your wife are to honor her and cherish her. Love her with your mouth, your speech. Ladies, this goes for us, as well. We are to reverence—honor—our husbands.

May we choose our words carefully. Thanks be to God, for His great mercy triumphs over judgement (James 2:13). Because we have His mercy, we can extend mercy to our spouse.

Study the Bible verse of Song of Solomon 2:1, and enjoy the fruit of your union.



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