15 Drink water from your own cistern,
running water from your own well.
16 Should your springs overflow in the streets,
your streams of water in the public squares?
17 Let them be yours alone,
never to be shared with strangers.
18 May your fountain be blessed,
and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. NIV
19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? KJV
Our topic continues to be what we should and should not look at. The poetic language of these verses compares sexual pleasure to a cistern, a well, a spring, and a fountain. In a similar fashion as water refreshes and sustains us, likewise sexual pleasure has a refreshing and sustaining power in marriage. However, drink only from your own cistern, well, spring, or fountain. Indulge in and be satisfied with the resources that are rightly yours. Do not share what is yours with others and do not take from others! The poetic point that is captured in these verses is that we must highly regard marital fidelity and enjoyment. Husband, look to your wife and not to another for sexual satisfaction. Wife, look to your husband alone for romantic experience. Husband, be ravished, delighted, overwhelmed, and captivated by your wife’s body and not those displayed in magazines, internet sites, the office, or the beach, etc. Wife, the fantasy novel, soap opera, and Mr. Mouth-and-Muscle at work are not your answer to satisfy your needs. Marriage does not need to be redefined in our world, just rediscovered for what God intended it to be.