Thy navel [is like] a round goblet [which] wanteth not liquor;
Moody Stuart and Gill both believe this verse alludes not to the body of the bride but the clasp joining the belt that covers her waist. The wine is the new wine of the kingdom that filled the disciples at Pentecost! The were not drunk with wine but filled with the Spirit! The blood of Christ poured out being the source of all spiritual blessings. Our anonymous commentator similarly states the chief thought suggested here is that of great abundance. This is the promised inheritance of the people of God (Deut.8:7-9). They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing (Ps.34:9-10). The Bride says, my cup runneth over (Ps.23:5). She is “satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the Lord” (Deut.23:23). We are filled with comfort, filled with the Spirit, filled with all joy and peace in believing, filled with all knowledge, filled with all the fullness of God (II. Cor.7:4, Eph.5:18, Rom.15:13-14, Eph.3:19). Gill similarly states that this means the large and never failing supplies of gifts and grace from Christ to ministers; so that they never want the liquor, the oil and wine of Gospel truths, to communicate to others, ( Zechariah 4:12 ) . The word used signifies a “mixture”, or a “mixed liquor” , as of wine and milk, ( Song of Solomon 5:1 ) ; or rather of wine and water, much used in the eastern countries; so the wine of Sharon used to be mixed, two parts water and one wine: and this designs, not a mixture of divine truths and human doctrines, which ought not to be made; but the variety of Gospel truths ministers deliver to others, and that in a manner they are most capable of receiving them. Some render the words as a wish, “let there not want” and so they declare the tender concern of Christ, that his church might have a continual supply in the ministry of the word;
thy belly [is like] a heap of wheat set about with lilies
the commentators think that this again refers to her dress of gold and needlework tallying with Psalm 45 of which this song “is an inspired enlargement”.
Christ is the heap of corn, a never-failing source of spiritual sustenance according to Moody Stuart but Gill says this denotes the fruitfulness of the church in bringing souls to Christ, comparable to a pregnant woman; and whose fruit, young converts born in her, are compared to “a heap of wheat” for their number, choiceness, and solidity, being able to bear the fan of persecution: it was usual with the Jews to scatter wheat on the heads of married persons at their weddings, three times, saying, “increase and multiply”; see ( Isaiah 66:8 ) ( Matthew 3:12 ) . This heap of wheat is said to be “set about”, or “hedged, with lilies”; which suggests, that it was not a heap of wheat on the corn floor which is meant, but a field of standing wheat, enclosed and fenced, not with thorns, but lilies; and these lilies may signify grown saints (redeemed souls in white robes around the throne-MS), who are often compared to lilies in this book, by whom young converts are encompassed and defended;