“Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised” (8:7). This marriage song celebrates the power of love and claims that it is the strongest force in the world worth more than money, unquenchable, possessive and all-consuming (8:6). The kind of love the poet describes is fierce, “strong as death” (v6), the flash of fire at the heart of human life that in some way reflects God’s own love.
“The very flame of the Lord” (8:6). Paul tells us that when the things of this world pass away to make room for the good things to come, love will remain (I Cor 13).