Song of Songs 2:3-13
New International Version
3 Like an apple[a] tree among the trees of the forest
is my beloved(A) among the young men.
I delight(B) to sit in his shade,
and his fruit is sweet to my taste.(C)
4 Let him lead me to the banquet hall,(D)
and let his banner(E) over me be love.
5 Strengthen me with raisins,
refresh me with apples,(F)
for I am faint with love.(G)
6 His left arm is under my head,
and his right arm embraces me.(H)
7 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you(I)
by the gazelles and by the does of the field:
Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.(J)
8 Listen! My beloved!
Look! Here he comes,
leaping across the mountains,
bounding over the hills.(K)
9 My beloved is like a gazelle(L) or a young stag.(M)
Look! There he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattice.
10 My beloved spoke and said to me,
“Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, come with me.
11 See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree forms its early fruit;(N)
the blossoming(O) vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me.”
- Song of Songs 2:3 Or possibly apricot; here and elsewhere in Song of Songs