By Paul Fox
The Annointed Wife
A Study in Scriptural Sexuality by Paul Fox Mishkab Ministries
The Song of Solomon (also known as Song of Songs) is an erotic poem co-written by Solomon back and forth
between Solomon and his lover "the Shulammite" (6:13). In fact the introduction to this book in the Oxford
Annotated Bible says that it is "replete with erotic imagery". While the book is literally an erotic poem, it is widely
understood on another level to be an allegory of the relationship between the Lord and the Assembly. Judaism has
seen this as an allegory of the love between God and the Assembly of Israel (Hos. 2:19-20), while many Christians
understand the poem as an allegory of the love between Messiah and the Assembly (Church) (2Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:25-
33; Rev. 19:7-9; 21:2, 9).
The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for your love is better
than wine.(Song 1:1-2)
The first phrase of verse 2 is addressed from the Shulamite to the harem referring to "him" (Solomon) in the third
person, "Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth" the second half of the verse shifts so that the Shulamite is
addressing Solomon whom she now addresses in the second person "for your love is better than wine". In this verse
"love" is compared to wine because the word "love" is being used as a euphemism for a fluid, like wine is a fluid.
Because of the savor of your good ointments your name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love
The Targum (ancient Aramaic Paraphrase) associates this by allegory with the anointing of priests with oil in ancient
times "and your Holy Name was heard in all the earth, and it was more choice than the oil of high office with which
the heads of kings and priests were anointed.".
The Shulamite is still speaking to Solomon. The word for "ointment(s)" here in the Hebrew is SHEMEN meaning
"ointment, oil, fat, cream, fertility". This word is almost certainly the origin for the Latin word "semen" meaning
"seed", from which we get our English word "semen".
There is a clear allegorical connection between "[olive] oil", "semen", "living waters" and the Holy Spirit.
Scholars have long recognized the parallel between olive oil and the Holy Spirit. At the moment of his anointing "the
Spirit of the Lord" came upon him causing him to "be turned into another man" (1Sam. 10:1, 6, 9). David was
anointed by the prophet Samuel and "from that day forwardâ€¦ the Spirit of the Lord came upon David" (1Sam. 16:
13-14; cf 1Sam. 18:12). Isaiah speaks prophetically of Messiah saying "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because
the Lord has anointed meâ€¦" (Is. 61:1 cf. Lk. 4:18, 21) Other passages in which olive oil is likened to the Holy Spirit
are: Acts 10:38; 2Cor. 1:21-22; Zech. 4 & Rom. 11)
There is also a clear connection between the "living waters" and the Holy Spirit. Messiah made this identification
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and
drink.: He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spoke he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given;
because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) (Jn. 7:37-39)
The Greek word translated "belly" in the KJV is "koilios" which can refer to a reproductive organ. The allegory here
is referring back to the running allegory throughout Scripture in which the Messiah is the bridegroom and the
Assembly is his bride (Jer. 7:34; 16:9; 25:16; 33:1; Hosea 2:16; Is. 62:5; Rev. 18:23; 19:7). The "living waters" of
the Holy Spirit pour forth from Messiah into his bride the Assembly as semen is poured forth from a man into his
mate. Thus we read in 1John:
Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed (semen) remains in him: and he cannot sin,
because he is born of God. (1Jn. 4:9)
There is also a wordplay in the Hebrew between the Hebrew word SHEM (name) and the Hebrew word SHEMEN
(ointment). Just as semen pours forth at the moment of climax, Solomon's name is called forth by the Shulamite at
the moment of climax. There can be little doubt that the "ointment" in verse 3 is the "love" that is like "wine" in verse
2 and that it is a reference to Solomon's semen. Thus the first three verses may be "decoded" as:
The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for your semen is better
than wine. Because of the savor of your good semen your name is poured forth from my lips, just as your semen is
poured forth, therefore do the virgins love you. (Song 1:1-3)
Even virgins who are not vaginally penetrated by Solomon, love Solomon orally just for the savor and taste of his
semen. Now remember, the Song of Songs, while it is a highly erotic poem, is also an allegory by which Solomon
represents Messiah and the Shulamite represents the Assembly. Thus the Holy Spirit is better than wine, as Paul
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; (Eph. 5:18)
The Assembly calls upon the name of the Lord as the Holy Spirit is poured out upon us from Messiah like semen
pouring forth into or upon a lover. The Assembly worships the Lord enjoying the sweet savor of the Holy Spirit.
Husbands love your wives as Messiah loves the Assembly. When a man pours his semen out upon his lover, it is an
anointing representing the anointing of the Spirit upon the Assembly. When a man pours forth his semen into his
lover and she is filled with his semen, it represents the Messiah filling the Assembly with his Spirit. When a man
pours forth his semen into a woman's mouth, it represents the Assembly drinking the living waters of the Holy
Spirit.Paul writes:Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.
Therefore as the Assembly is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Assembly, and gave himself for it;(Eph. 5:22-25)
So husbands anoint your wives and fill them as Messiah anoints the Assembly and fills the Assembly with his Holy
Spirit. Wives drink from the semen of your husbands as the Assembly drinks the living waters of the Holy Spirit
poured forth from Messiah.