7 Your feet are beautiful in sandals, you ·daughter of a prince [noble daughter]. Your round ·thighs [or hips] are like ·jewels [L rings] ·shaped by an artist [L the work of the hands of a craftsman]. 2 Your navel is like a round drinking cup ·always filled with [L that does not lack] wine. Your ·stomach [belly] is like a ·pile [heap] of wheat ·surrounded [bordered] with lilies. 3 Your breasts are like two fawns, like twins of a gazelle [4:5]. 4 Your neck is like an ivory tower [C grand, strong, dignified]. Your eyes are like the pools in Heshbon [C a beautiful area located near the Dead Sea] near the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the mountain of Lebanon ·that looks down on [keeping watch toward] Damascus. 5 Your head is like Mount Carmel [C a prominent, rounded, and attractive mountain], and your hair is like purple cloth [C a royal color]; the king is ·captured [ensnared] in its folds. 6 You are beautiful and pleasant; my love, you are full of delights. 7 You are like a palm tree [C tall and slender], and your breasts are like its bunches of fruit. 8 I said, “I will climb up the palm tree and ·take hold of [grasp] its fruit.” Let your breasts be like ·bunches of grapes [L clusters of the vine], the smell of your breath like apples, 9 and your mouth like the best wine.
The Woman Speaks to the Man
Let this wine go down sweetly for my lover; may it flow gently past the lips and teeth. 10 I belong to my lover, and he desires only me [2:16; 6:3]. 11 Come, my lover, let’s go out ·into the country [L to the field; C a private place for intimacy] and spend the night in the ·fields [villages]. 12 Let’s go early to the vineyards and see if the buds are on the vines. Let’s see if the blossoms have already opened and if the pomegranates have bloomed. There I will give you my love. 13 The mandrakes [C an aphrodisiac; Gen. 30:14–16] give their sweet smell, and all the best ·fruits [gifts] are at our ·gates [entrance]. I have ·saved them [treasured them up] for you, my lover, the old and the new [C everything near and dear].
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