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I am a rose of Sharon,
    a lily growing in the valleys.

[Groom]

Like a lily among thorns,
    so is my true love among the young women.

[Bride]

Like an apple tree among the trees in the forest,
    so is my beloved among the young men.
        I want to sit in his shadow.
            His fruit tastes sweet to me.
He leads me into a banquet room
    and looks at me with love.
        Strengthen me with raisins
            and refresh me with apples
                because I am weak from love.
His left hand is under my head.
His right hand caresses me.

Young women of Jerusalem, swear to me
    by the gazelles
        or by the does in the field
            that you will not awaken love
                or arouse love before its proper time.

The Young Woman Remembers One Spring Day with Her Beloved

[Bride]

I hear my beloved’s voice.
    Look! Here he comes,
        sprinting over the mountains,
        racing over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
    Look! There he stands behind our wall,
        peeking through the window,
        looking through the lattice.
10 My beloved said to me,
    “Get up, my true love, my beautiful one, and come with me.
11         Look! The winter is past.
        The rain is over and gone.
12         Blossoms appear in the land.
        The time of the songbird has arrived.
        The cooing of the mourning dove is heard in our land.
13         The green figs ripen.
        The grapevines bloom and give off a fragrance.
    Get up, my true love, my beautiful one, and come with me.
14         My dove, in the hiding places of the rocky crevices,
            in the secret places of the cliffs,
        let me see your figure and hear your voice.
        Your voice is sweet, and your figure is lovely.”

15 Catch the foxes for us,
    the little foxes that ruin vineyards.
        Our vineyards are blooming.

16 My beloved is mine, and I am his.
He is the one who grazes his flock among the lilies.
17 When the day brings a cooling breeze and the shadows flee,
    turn around, my beloved.
        Run like a gazelle or a young stag
            on the mountains that separate us!

She[a]

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

He

Like a lily among thorns
    is my darling among the young women.

She

Like an apple[c] tree among the trees of the forest
    is my beloved(D) among the young men.
I delight(E) to sit in his shade,
    and his fruit is sweet to my taste.(F)
Let him lead me to the banquet hall,(G)
    and let his banner(H) over me be love.
Strengthen me with raisins,
    refresh me with apples,(I)
    for I am faint with love.(J)
His left arm is under my head,
    and his right arm embraces me.(K)
Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you(L)
    by the gazelles and by the does of the field:
Do not arouse or awaken love
    until it so desires.(M)

Listen! My beloved!
    Look! Here he comes,
leaping across the mountains,
    bounding over the hills.(N)
My beloved is like a gazelle(O) or a young stag.(P)
    Look! There he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
    peering through the lattice.
10 My beloved spoke and said to me,
    “Arise, my darling,
    my beautiful one, come with me.
11 See! The winter is past;
    the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth;
    the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
    is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree forms its early fruit;(Q)
    the blossoming(R) vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
    my beautiful one, come with me.”

He

14 My dove(S) in the clefts of the rock,
    in the hiding places on the mountainside,
show me your face,
    let me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet,
    and your face is lovely.(T)
15 Catch for us the foxes,(U)
    the little foxes
that ruin the vineyards,(V)
    our vineyards that are in bloom.(W)

She

16 My beloved is mine and I am his;(X)
    he browses among the lilies.(Y)
17 Until the day breaks
    and the shadows flee,(Z)
turn, my beloved,(AA)
    and be like a gazelle
or like a young stag(AB)
    on the rugged hills.[d](AC)

Footnotes

  1. Song of Songs 2:1 Or He
  2. Song of Songs 2:1 Probably a member of the crocus family
  3. Song of Songs 2:3 Or possibly apricot; here and elsewhere in Song of Songs
  4. Song of Songs 2:17 Or the hills of Bether