Your neck is a tower of ivory…
Your neck is like a tower of ivory.
Song of Songs 7:4
Thrice before in the song we have heard about the Bride’s neck, or necklace. Each time from her Lover’s point of view. Today we see the view of her companions. They see her neck as an ivory tower.
Ivory is an interesting choice here.
Today, due to the fragile nature of the elephant population and global condemnation of the ivory trade, ivory has to a great extent fallen out of favor. Throughout history it has been a highly sought after commodity, and a symbol of wealth and honor.
In telling of the kings of the world who came to honor Solomon we read:
For the king had ships which went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram; once every three years the ships of Tarshish came bringing gold and silver, ivory and apes and peacocks. – 2 Chronicles…
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