Then I became in his eyes as one who finds fulfillment.
Song of Solomon, 8.10.
That completeness is underscored by the word likely at the root of their names—shalom, which indicates wholeness and fulfillment. No wonder the Song says both have eyes like doves. The eyes are the windows to the soul, and since the two lovers’ souls are alike, their eyes reflect the same qualities.
Perhaps they recognized this the first time they met. In recounting that moment, Shulamith says, “I became in his eyes as one who finds fulfillment”—shalom (8:10). What a wonderful play on words in the original language: Shulamith finds shalom in Shulomoh. They find contentment in each other.
The Song clearly presents the couple as soulmates. It is not simply a likeness in their names or their eyes. Everything about them shows an elegant compatibility: their equally artistic speech; their mutual desire for emotional and physical intimacy; their common interests and values; their mature love and devotion. They experience a wonderful oneness, and their names and eyes are but the artistic expression of that reality.
Contemporary culture has generated numerous “ideal” couples. The last generation had Gable and Lombard, Bogie and Bacall. We have Brad and Jennifer, the fictitious Ken and Barbie, or a vague Mr. and Mrs. Right. But even with time and cultural differences between us, I like Solomon and Shulamith best because they show me the elegant beauty of romantic love.
They also show the path to the richest experience of love . . . Solomon’s Song of Love, p. 116.