(13) The mandrakes give off a fragrance, and at our gates are pleasant fruits. All manner, new and old, which I have laid up for You, my Beloved.
Today the bride is speaking to her Bridegroom, and there is excitement, anticipation, and overwhelming love in her heart for Him.
The mandrake is a purple flower with a beautiful fragrance, and in Biblical times was known as a love fruit. In addition to the Song of Solomon, it is also mentioned in Genesis 30:14-16. The fragrance of the mandrake denotes undistracted love. She and her Bridegroom have a love that has stood the test of time and challenges, and now that love is a fruit and a solid foundation for moving forward in ministry to others.
She recognizes the fruit in her life (John 15:16) that has been borne from her experiences, both good and bad; and how the fruit has caused her to grow in spiritual authority and blessing. Blessing first for Him, then for herself, and now for others. The gates are symbolic of her sphere of authority, and those gates are about to be thrown wide open for the harvest.
Once again, she declares every fruit in her life, the old and the new (Matthew 13:52), are first and foremost for Him. She is submitting this fruit to Him for partnership in ministry.
"But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions; joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless." (Galations 5:22-23 The Passion Translation) Selah...