Drink water from your own cistern,
running water from your own well.
Should your springs overflow in the streets,
your streams of water in the public squares?
Let them be yours alone,
never to be shared with strangers.
May your fountain be blessed,
and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
A loving doe, a graceful deer—
may her breasts satisfy you always,
may you ever be intoxicated with her love.
Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife?
Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?
This passage is primarily about sexual purity, but buried behind it a message about being grateful for what you have.
Isn’t your wife enough? Why go looking for another person when you already have a beautiful companion? This is the question posed.
So often in life we think ‘the grass is greener’. Take a moment to stop and be satisfied with all that God has given you. Guard against coveting what you don’t have. Get used to giving thanks for what you do have.