Thy two breasts [are] like two young roes that are twins
Or, “two fawns, the twins of a doe”: Providence has given to women two breasts, that, should they have twins, both might have a fountain of nourishment; and are fitly compared to twins of the doe. The hind, for the most part, brings but one roe at a time; but there are some, the philosopher says, bring twins; by which the beauty of the breasts is expressed: “young roes” may point at the smallness of them, large breasts are not accounted handsome; and “twins”, at their equal size and shape, not one larger nor higher than the other, that would be a deformity; twins are generally alike; Moody Stuart sees these as reflecting faith and love in the church.
Thy neck [is] as a tower of ivory
Two things recommend the neck, erectness and whiteness; both are here expressed, the one by a “tower”, the other by “ivory”; hence a fine beautiful neck is called an ivory one; Ivory is costly and precious so a tower of it belies great exaltation. We are so rich in Christ (Eph.1:18). Of the church’s neck, it may design either the ministers of the word, or the Scriptures of truth, (See Gill on Song of Solomon 4:4); where it is compared to “the tower of David”, and here to “a tower of ivory”: it may refer to faithful ministers of the gospel who hold up the head even Christ, although this is the high calling of every believer-JK. Moody Stuart believes the neck like a tower represents strength, victory and liberty like David’s tower full of commemorative trophies. Compare this with bands of servitude around the neck of a slave whose neck is black and sun-scorched.
thine eyes [like] the fish pools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim;
Heshbon was formerly the seat of Sihon, king of the Amorites, ( Numbers 22:26 ) ; of which Bathrabbim was one of its gates; so called, either because it led to Rabbath, a city near it, and mentioned with it, ( Jeremiah 49:3 ) ; or because of the great numbers that went in and out by it and nearby were very delightful fish pools, to which the eyes of the church are compared. In the Hebrew language, the word for eyes and fountains is the same; the eyes having (liquid) in them, and so fitly compared to fish pools. Of the eyes of the church, as they may design either the ministers of the word, or the eyes of her understanding, particularly faith, (See Gill on Song of Solomon 1:15); here they are said to be like “fish pools”, whose waters are clear, quiet, constant and immovable; and, seen at a distance, between trees and groves, look very beautiful: and, if applied to ministers, may denote the clearness of their sight in discerning the truths of the Gospel; and their being filled with the fullness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ; and their being blessings to the churches of Christ, and to the souls of men the word for “fish pools” comes from a word which signifies “to bless”; and such being observed as were near the gate of Bathrabbim, may have respect to the multitude that attend their ministry ; the depth of these pools reflects the depth of the believer’s understanding compared to his previous shallow worldliness (MS). People beholding us and our peace should see God in the depth of our being. Our eyes need to be “single” according to our Lord in Matthew 6:22, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.”. We must have eyes fixed on him (Heb.12:2) and our aim to be his glory alone.