Song of Solomon 7:6-8:4New American Standard Bible (NASB)
6 “How beautiful and how delightful you are, [a]My love, with all your charms! 7 “[b]Your stature is like a palm tree, And your breasts are like its clusters. 8 “I said, ‘I will climb the palm tree, I will take hold of its fruit stalks.’ Oh, may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, And the fragrance of your [c]breath like [d]apples, 9 And your [e]mouth like the best wine!”
“[f]It goes down smoothly for my beloved, Flowing gently through the lips of those who fall asleep.
The Union of Love
10 “I am my beloved’s, And his desire is for me. 11 “Come, my beloved, let us go out into the [g]country, Let us spend the night in the villages. 12 “Let us rise early and go to the vineyards; Let us see whether the vine has budded And its blossoms have opened, And whether the pomegranates have bloomed. There I will give you my love. 13 “The mandrakes have given forth fragrance; And over our doors are all choice fruits, Both new and old, Which I have saved up for you, my beloved.
The Lovers Speak
8 “Oh that you were like a brother to me Who nursed at my mother’s breasts. If I found you outdoors, I would kiss you; No one would despise me, either. 2 “I would lead you andbring you Into the house of my mother, who used to instruct me; I would give you spiced wine to drink from the juice of my pomegranates. 3 “Let his left hand be under my head And his right hand embrace me.”
4 “[h]I want you to swear, O daughters of Jerusalem, [i]Do not arouse or awaken my love Until [j]she pleases.”
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