Look from the mountains

After Solomon said that the Shulamite was complete in beauty without any spot, he invited her,

Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse,
With me from Lebanon.
Look from the top of Amana,
From the top of Senir and Hermon,
From the lions’ dens,
From the mountains of the leopards.
(Song 4:8)

He wanted her with him, so, he invited her to look from five locations, (or was it really one?). What did he want her to see?
The mountains of the land of Canaan and Lebanon were called pleasant (Deuteronomy 3:25). The dew of Hermon was considered a refreshing experience (Psalm 133:3). Senir was the Amorite name for Mt. Hermon (Deuteronomy 3:9).
What is the significance of the lion’s dens and mountains of the leopards?
“To be able to join her betrothed, the bride would have to escape the royal court, which is described figuratively as mountain heights. There she is beyond his reach. There too she must ward off temptation as dangerous and insidious as wild beasts lurking in the cliffs” (Walter R. Roehrs, Concordia Self-Study Commentary, St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1979, p. 439).
Some see verse 8 as an invitation to go on a honeymoon, and see and enjoy the delights of nature as witnessed from mountain tops.

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