2 I am a ·rose [or flower] in the Plain of Sharon [C a fertile plain along the Mediterranean coast], a lily in the valleys [C she claims to be ordinary].
The Man Speaks Again
2 Among the ·young women [girls], my darling is like a lily among thorns [C she is extraordinarily beautiful]!
The Woman Answers
3 Among the ·young men [boys], my lover is like an apple tree ·in the woods [L among the trees of the forest; C he is extraordinary; the apple tree is fruitful and pleasant smelling]! I ·enjoy sitting in [desire] his ·shadow [shade]; his fruit is sweet to my ·taste [palate]. 4 He brought me to the ·banquet room [L house of wine], and his banner over me is love [C his love for her is well known]. 5 Strengthen me with ·raisins [raisin cakes], and refresh me with apples [C considered aphrodisiacs], because I am ·weak [faint] with love. 6 My lover’s left hand is under my head, and his right arm ·holds me tight [embraces me; 8:3].
The Woman Speaks to the Friends
7 ·Women [L Daughters] of Jerusalem [1:5], ·promise me [I adjure you] by the gazelles and the deer of the field [C in Hebrew sounds like “by the (Lord) of Hosts” or “by God Almighty”] not to awaken or ·excite [arouse] love until it ·is ready [so desires; C likely a warning to the women to wait for love until the right person comes along; 3:5; 8:4].
The Woman Speaks Again
8 I hear ·my lover’s voice [the sound of my lover]. Here he comes ·jumping [leaping] across the mountains, ·skipping [bounding] over the hills [C he moves with agile grace and speed]. 9 My lover is like a gazelle or a young ·deer [stag]. Look, he stands behind our wall ·peeking [staring] through the windows, looking through the ·blinds [lattice]. 10 My lover spoke and said to me, “·Get [Rise] up, my darling; let’s go away, my beautiful one. 11 Look, the winter is past; the rains are over and gone [C spring has arrived, the time of love]. 12 Blossoms appear through all the land. The time has come to sing; the cooing of doves is heard in our land. 13 There are young figs ·on [L ripening on] the fig trees, and the blossoms on the vines ·smell sweet [L spread their fragrance]. ·Get [Rise] up, my darling; let’s go away, my beautiful one.”
The Man Speaks
14 My beloved is like a dove hiding in the ·cracks [crevices] of the rock, in the ·secret [hiding] places of the cliff. ·Show me [Let me see] your ·face [L form], and let me hear your voice. Your voice is ·sweet [agreeable], and your ·face [form] is ·lovely [pleasant]. 15 ·Catch [Grab] the foxes for us— the little foxes that ruin the vineyards while they are in blossom [C threats to the relationship].
The Woman Speaks
16 My lover is mine, and I am his [6:3; 7:11]. He ·feeds [grazes] among the lilies 17 until the day dawns and the shadows ·disappear [flee]. Turn, my lover. Be like a gazelle or a young ·deer [stag] on the ·mountain valleys [or the mountains of Bether].
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