He

You are as beautiful as Tirzah,(A) my darling,
    as lovely as Jerusalem,(B)
    as majestic as troops with banners.(C)
Turn your eyes from me;
    they overwhelm me.
Your hair is like a flock of goats
    descending from Gilead.(D)
Your teeth are like a flock of sheep
    coming up from the washing.
Each has its twin,
    not one of them is missing.(E)
Your temples behind your veil(F)
    are like the halves of a pomegranate.(G)
Sixty queens(H) there may be,
    and eighty concubines,(I)
    and virgins beyond number;
but my dove,(J) my perfect one,(K) is unique,
    the only daughter of her mother,
    the favorite of the one who bore her.(L)
The young women saw her and called her blessed;
    the queens and concubines praised her.

Friends

10 Who is this that appears like the dawn,
    fair as the moon, bright as the sun,
    majestic as the stars in procession?

He

11 I went down to the grove of nut trees
    to look at the new growth in the valley,
to see if the vines had budded
    or the pomegranates were in bloom.(M)
12 Before I realized it,
    my desire set me among the royal chariots of my people.[a]

Friends

13 Come back, come back, O Shulammite;
    come back, come back, that we may gaze on you!

He

Why would you gaze on the Shulammite
    as on the dance(N) of Mahanaim?[b]

[c]How beautiful your sandaled feet,
    O prince’s(O) daughter!
Your graceful legs are like jewels,
    the work of an artist’s hands.
Your navel is a rounded goblet
    that never lacks blended wine.
Your waist is a mound of wheat
    encircled by lilies.
Your breasts(P) are like two fawns,
    like twin fawns of a gazelle.
Your neck is like an ivory tower.(Q)
Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon(R)
    by the gate of Bath Rabbim.
Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon(S)
    looking toward Damascus.
Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel.(T)
    Your hair is like royal tapestry;
    the king is held captive by its tresses.
How beautiful(U) you are and how pleasing,
    my love, with your delights!(V)
Your stature is like that of the palm,
    and your breasts(W) like clusters of fruit.
I said, “I will climb the palm tree;
    I will take hold of its fruit.”
May your breasts be like clusters of grapes on the vine,
    the fragrance of your breath like apples,(X)
    and your mouth like the best wine.

She

May the wine go straight to my beloved,(Y)
    flowing gently over lips and teeth.[d]
10 I belong to my beloved,
    and his desire(Z) is for me.(AA)
11 Come, my beloved, let us go to the countryside,
    let us spend the night in the villages.[e]
12 Let us go early to the vineyards(AB)
    to see if the vines have budded,(AC)
if their blossoms(AD) have opened,
    and if the pomegranates(AE) are in bloom(AF)
    there I will give you my love.
13 The mandrakes(AG) send out their fragrance,
    and at our door is every delicacy,
both new and old,
    that I have stored up for you, my beloved.(AH)

If only you were to me like a brother,
    who was nursed at my mother’s breasts!
Then, if I found you outside,
    I would kiss you,
    and no one would despise me.
I would lead you
    and bring you to my mother’s house(AI)
    she who has taught me.
I would give you spiced wine to drink,
    the nectar of my pomegranates.
His left arm is under my head
    and his right arm embraces me.(AJ)
Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you:
    Do not arouse or awaken love
    until it so desires.(AK)

Footnotes

  1. Song of Songs 6:12 Or among the chariots of Amminadab; or among the chariots of the people of the prince
  2. Song of Songs 6:13 In Hebrew texts this verse (6:13) is numbered 7:1.
  3. Song of Songs 7:1 In Hebrew texts 7:1-13 is numbered 7:2-14.
  4. Song of Songs 7:9 Septuagint, Aquila, Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew lips of sleepers
  5. Song of Songs 7:11 Or the henna bushes