(3) Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle. (4) Your neck is like an ivory tower, your eyes like the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon which looks toward Damascus.
Today we continue studying the attributes of the bride as seen through the eyes of the discerning daughters. Her breasts speak of her power to edify and nurture others, as well as communicate life to those babes in Christ. She has a double portion (twins) and is quick to give spiritual nourishment where it is needed, with faith and love being her motivation. Oh that we might be one who is known to nurture, instead of being like the little sister spoken about in Song of Solomon 8:8, that has no breasts and no ability to nurture others, or to reproduce spiritually!
Her neck is described as an ivory tower; ivory is very rare and costly, and a tower symbolizes strength and protection. The daughters see her as a tower of strength, because she has the Bridegroom as her number one source of strength. Her neck is symbolic of her will, which is submitted wholly to Him.
The bride sees with keen spiritual insight and understanding, likened to the pools of Heshbon which were very clear and clean pools of water. She not only has keen insight, but she reflects, like a pool, the perfect will of her Bridegroom.
Her nose describes her discernment, which is a source of protection from the enemy. The daughters describe her like the tower of Lebanon which looks toward Damascus. In the time this was written, Damascus was the number one enemy of Israel, but the bride's discernment was like a strong invincible tower. Lebanon was on the north side of Judah, near to Syria, and facing Damascus. The bride has sharp discernment, which is a source of protection. She is not afraid to face her enemy because she knows who her God is.
The nose also can be a source of discernment between good and evil. Have you ever smelled something "bad?" The sense of smell can be natural as well as spiritual. Just like you sometimes express the idea that 'something just didn't feel quite right', which is like a sixth sense, so God can heighten your senses to discern both good and evil. "...solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." (Hebrews 5:14) The mature bride has learned how to use all of her God-given senses to discern the atmosphere around her.