31 (A)If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is (B)another who bears witness about me, and (C)I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. 33 (D)You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Not that (E)the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35 He was a burning and (F)shining lamp, and (G)you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36 But (H)the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For (I)the works that the Father has given me (J)to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, (K)bear witness about me that (L)the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me (M)has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, (N)his form you have never seen, 38 and (O)you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. 39 (P)You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and (Q)it is they that bear witness about me, 40 yet (R)you refuse to come to me that you may have life. 41 (S)I do not receive glory from people. 42 But (T)I know that you do not have (U)the love of God within you. 43 I have come (V)in my Father's name, and (W)you do not receive me. (X)If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and (Y)do not seek the glory that comes from (Z)the only God? 45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, (AA)on whom you have set your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for (AB)he wrote of me. 47 But (AC)if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

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I am a rose[a] of Sharon,
    (A)a lily of the valleys.

He

As a lily among brambles,
    so is (B)my love among the young women.

She

As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
    so is my (C)beloved among the young men.
With great delight I sat (D)in his shadow,
    and his (E)fruit was sweet to my taste.
He (F)brought me to the banqueting house,[b]
    and his (G)banner over me was love.
Sustain me with (H)raisins;
    refresh me with apples,
    (I)for I am sick with love.
His (J)left hand is under my head,
    and his right hand (K)embraces me!
I (L)adjure you,[c] O (M)daughters of Jerusalem,
    by (N)the gazelles or the does of the field,
that you not stir up or awaken love
    until it pleases.

The Bride Adores Her Beloved

The voice of my beloved!
    Behold, he comes,
leaping (O)over the mountains,
    bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like (P)a gazelle
    or a young stag.
Behold, there he stands
    behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
    looking through the lattice.
10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
(Q)“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
    and come away,
11 for behold, the winter is past;
    (R)the rain is over and gone.
12 (S)The flowers appear on the earth,
    the time of singing[d] has come,
and the voice of (T)the turtledove
    is heard in our land.
13 (U)The fig tree ripens its figs,
    and (V)the vines are in blossom;
    they give forth fragrance.
(W)Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
    and come away.
14 O my (X)dove, in the (Y)clefts of the rock,
    in the crannies of the cliff,
let me see your face,
    let me (Z)hear your voice,
for your voice is sweet,
    and your face is (AA)lovely.
15 Catch (AB)the foxes[e] for us,
    the little foxes
that spoil the vineyards,
    (AC)for our vineyards are in blossom.”

16 (AD)My beloved is mine, and I am his;
    he (AE)grazes[f] among the lilies.
17 Until (AF)the day breathes
    and (AG)the shadows flee,
turn, my beloved, be like (AH)a gazelle
    or a young stag on cleft mountains.[g]

Footnotes

  1. Song of Solomon 2:1 Probably a bulb, such as a crocus, asphodel, or narcissus
  2. Song of Solomon 2:4 Hebrew the house of wine
  3. Song of Solomon 2:7 That is, I put you on oath; so throughout the Song
  4. Song of Solomon 2:12 Or pruning
  5. Song of Solomon 2:15 Or jackals
  6. Song of Solomon 2:16 Or he pastures his flock
  7. Song of Solomon 2:17 Or mountains of Bether

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