“Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister,  my spouse, thou hast ravished my heart” (Song of Solomon 4:9)

Since the day I met Doris in October 1972, she has continued to ravish my heart. The word ravished in Hebrew is la bab. This verse carries the idea that Solomon’s betrothed had made him wise and intelligent. The term means to “inflame the heart or to steal one’s heart by a lover’s glance.” It’s as if Solomon is saying: “You made my heart to beat faster; I like thinking about you.  I have set my affections upon you.”

An Aramaic rendering of ravished means “to make courageous,”indicating that the love he cherishes gives him heart or courage. The picture is one of a warrior inspired by the thought of his beloved, whose respect and admiration he seeks to win.

Another rendering is, “Thou hast taken my heart, my sister-bride; thou hast taken my heart with one of thy glances.” One Hebrew belief associated with this term is that it means making little heart-shaped cakes for one’s sweetheart.

Heart, in the spiritual sense, is the seat of one’s emotions and will. It is who you really are. The word heart in the Bible is the richest term for expressing man’s innermost being, mind, intelligence, understanding and insight. The heart, in most instances in the Bible, refers to one’s deepest true feelings and passions.  In what ways have you expressed your feelings and passions for the one you love lately?

Since the day you met your sweetheart, has she continued to ravish your heart?


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