Song of Solomon 2Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Love Makes Everything Beautiful
2 I am merely a rose[a] from the land of Sharon, a lily from the valley.
2 My darling, when compared with other young women, you are a lily among thorns.
3 And you, my love, are an apple tree among trees of the forest. Your shade brought me pleasure; your fruit was sweet. 4 You led me to your banquet room and showered me with love. 5 Refresh and strengthen me with raisins and apples. I am hungry for love! 6 Put your left hand under my head and embrace me with your right arm.
7 Young women of Jerusalem, promise me by the power of deer and gazelles[b] never to awaken love before it is ready.
Winter Is Past
8 I hear the voice of the one I love, as he comes leaping over mountains and hills 9 like a deer or a gazelle. Now he stands outside our wall, looking through the window 10 and speaking to me.
My darling, I love you! Let’s go away together. 11 Winter is past, the rain has stopped; 12 flowers cover the earth, it’s time to sing.[c] The cooing of doves is heard in our land. 13 Fig trees are bearing fruit, while blossoms on grapevines fill the air with perfume. My darling, I love you! Let’s go away together. 14 You are my dove hiding among the rocks on the side of a cliff. Let me see how lovely you are! Let me hear the sound of your melodious voice. 15 Our vineyards are in blossom; we must catch the little foxes that destroy the vineyards.[d]
16 My darling, I am yours, and you are mine, as you feed your sheep among the lilies. 17 Pretend to be a young deer dancing on mountain slopes[e] until daylight comes and shadows fade away.
2.1rose: The traditional translation. The exact variety of the flower is not known, though it may have been a crocus.
2.7deer and gazelles: Deer and gazelles were sacred animals in some religions of Old Testament times, and they were thought to have special powers.
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