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Each day before school, I gather my children for Bible time. For all of us the lesson is this: putting Christ and his kingdom first means putting sex second or third or fiftieth; and for those gifted with singleness, putting God’s kingdom first means sex never. And Jesus celebrates the celibate, those who have, in his words, “made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew ). You see, Jane Austen wasn’t the first to bring to the world’s attention that one shouldn’t marry for convenience, economic security, or social advancement. As Longman notes, “The characters of the Song are not specific. Tom Gledhill, The Message of the Song of Songs, The Bible Speaks Today (Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity, 1994), p. House, Song of Songs/Lamentations, Word Biblical Commentary [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2004], p.