Song of Songs 4-5
New International Version
4 How beautiful you are, my darling!
Oh, how beautiful!
Your eyes behind your veil(A) are doves.(B)
Your hair is like a flock of goats
descending from the hills of Gilead.(C)
2 Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn,
coming up from the washing.
Each has its twin;
not one of them is alone.(D)
3 Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon;
your mouth(E) is lovely.(F)
Your temples behind your veil
are like the halves of a pomegranate.(G)
4 Your neck is like the tower(H) of David,
built with courses of stone[a];
on it hang a thousand shields,(I)
all of them shields of warriors.
5 Your breasts(J) are like two fawns,
like twin fawns of a gazelle(K)
that browse among the lilies.(L)
6 Until the day breaks
and the shadows flee,(M)
I will go to the mountain of myrrh(N)
and to the hill of incense.
7 You are altogether beautiful,(O) my darling;
there is no flaw(P) in you.
8 Come with me from Lebanon, my bride,(Q)
come with me from Lebanon.
Descend from the crest of Amana,
from the top of Senir,(R) the summit of Hermon,(S)
from the lions’ dens
and the mountain haunts of leopards.
9 You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride;(T)
you have stolen my heart
with one glance of your eyes,
with one jewel of your necklace.(U)
10 How delightful(V) is your love(W), my sister, my bride!
How much more pleasing is your love than wine,(X)
and the fragrance of your perfume(Y)
more than any spice!
11 Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride;
milk and honey are under your tongue.(Z)
The fragrance of your garments
is like the fragrance of Lebanon.(AA)
12 You are a garden(AB) locked up, my sister, my bride;(AC)
you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain.(AD)
13 Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates(AE)
with choice fruits,
with henna(AF) and nard,
14 nard and saffron,
calamus and cinnamon,(AG)
with every kind of incense tree,
with myrrh(AH) and aloes(AI)
and all the finest spices.(AJ)
15 You are[b] a garden(AK) fountain,(AL)
a well of flowing water
streaming down from Lebanon.
Eat, friends, and drink;
drink your fill of love.
2 I slept but my heart was awake.
Listen! My beloved is knocking:
“Open to me, my sister, my darling,
my dove,(AT) my flawless(AU) one.(AV)
My head is drenched with dew,
my hair with the dampness of the night.”
3 I have taken off my robe—
must I put it on again?
I have washed my feet—
must I soil them again?
4 My beloved thrust his hand through the latch-opening;
my heart began to pound for him.
5 I arose to open for my beloved,
and my hands dripped with myrrh,(AW)
my fingers with flowing myrrh,
on the handles of the bolt.
6 I opened for my beloved,(AX)
but my beloved had left; he was gone.(AY)
My heart sank at his departure.[c]
I looked(AZ) for him but did not find him.
I called him but he did not answer.
7 The watchmen found me
as they made their rounds in the city.(BA)
They beat me, they bruised me;
they took away my cloak,
those watchmen of the walls!
8 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you(BB)—
if you find my beloved,(BC)
what will you tell him?
Tell him I am faint with love.(BD)
9 How is your beloved better than others,
most beautiful of women?(BE)
How is your beloved better than others,
that you so charge us?
10 My beloved is radiant and ruddy,
outstanding among ten thousand.(BF)
11 His head is purest gold;
his hair is wavy
and black as a raven.
12 His eyes are like doves(BG)
by the water streams,
washed in milk,(BH)
mounted like jewels.
13 His cheeks(BI) are like beds of spice(BJ)
His lips are like lilies(BK)
dripping with myrrh.(BL)
14 His arms are rods of gold
set with topaz.
His body is like polished ivory
decorated with lapis lazuli.(BM)
15 His legs are pillars of marble
set on bases of pure gold.
His appearance is like Lebanon,(BN)
choice as its cedars.
16 His mouth(BO) is sweetness itself;
he is altogether lovely.
This is my beloved,(BP) this is my friend,
daughters of Jerusalem.(BQ)