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Song of Songs 6 The Passion Translation (TPT)

O rarest of beauty,

where then has your lover gone?
We long to see him too.
Where may we find him?
We will follow you as you seek after him.

The Shulamite Bride

My lover has gone down
into his garden of delight,
the place where his spices grow,
to feast with those pure in heart.
I know we shall find him there.
He is within me—I am his garden of delight.
I have him fully and now he fully has me!

The Bridegroom-King

O my beloved, you are lovely.
When I see you in your beauty,
I see a radiant city where we will dwell as one.[a]
More pleasing than any pleasure,
more delightful than any delight,
you have ravished my heart,
stealing away my strength to resist you.
Even hosts of angels stand in awe of you.[b]
Turn your eyes from me; I can’t take it anymore!
I can’t resist the passion of these eyes that I adore.
Overpowered by a glance, my ravished heart—undone.
Held captive by your love, I am truly overcome![c]
For your undying devotion to me
is the most yielded sacrifice.[d]
The shining of your spirit[e]
shows how you have taken my truth
to become balanced and complete.
Your beautiful blushing cheeks
reveal how real your passion is for me,
even hidden behind your veil of humility.
I could have chosen any from among the vast multitude
of royal ones who follow me.[f]
But one is my beloved dove—unrivaled in beauty,
without equal, beyond compare,
the perfect one, the favorite one.
Others see your beauty and sing of your joy.
Brides and queens chant your praise:
“How blessed is she!”
10 Look at you now—
arising as the dayspring of the dawn,
fair as the shining moon.
Bright and brilliant as the sun in all its strength.
Astonishing to behold as a majestic army
waving banners of victory.

The Shulamite Bride

11 I decided to go down to the valley streams
where the orchards of the king grow and mature.
I longed to know if hearts were opening.
Are the budding vines blooming with new growth?
Has their springtime of passionate love arrived?
12 Then suddenly my longings transported me.
My divine desire brought me next to my beloved prince,
sitting with him in his royal chariot.
We were lifted up together![g]

Zion Maidens, Brides-to-Be

13 Come back! Return to us, O maiden of his majesty.
Dance for us as we gaze upon your beauty.

The Shulamite Bride

Why would you seek a mere Shulamite like me?
Why would you want to see my dance of love?

The Bridegroom-King

Because you dance so gracefully,
as though you danced with angels![h]


Footnotes:

  1. Song of Songs 6:4 The text includes a reference to Jerusalem. For the Jew, it is the city where God and man lived together. For the believer, it points to the New Jerusalem, where God and man dwell in holy union.
  2. Song of Songs 6:4 This is how various Hebrew scholars have interpreted the phrase: “awe inspiring, as an army with banners.”
  3. Song of Songs 6:5 The Hebrew word for “overcome” is Rahab. Like the harlot who was chosen, favored, saved from Jericho’s destruction, and included in the genealogy of Jesus, so you have “overcome” his heart. No one would have thought Rahab would be so honored, and many have said that about you. You have overcome many things, but to overcome him is love’s delight.
  4. Song of Songs 6:5 Literally “Your hair is like a wave of goats streaming down Mount Gilead.” We see hair as a picture of our devotion to Christ. See also Song 4:1.
  5. Song of Songs 6:6 The word used in most translations is teeth, which is taken from a Hebrew root word that some believe means “white” or “shining.” With our teeth we chew the Word of God and process its truths.
  6. Song of Songs 6:8 The Hebrew text literally means “sixty queens, eighty brides, and endless numbers of women.”
  7. Song of Songs 6:12 Considered to be the most difficult verse to translate in the Song of Songs, the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  8. Song of Songs 6:13 This is literally “the dance of Mahanaim” or “the dance of two armies.” When Jacob (Israel) returned to the Promised Land, he entered at Mahanaim, the place where two camps of angels gathered. See Gen. 32:1-2.
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Song of Songs 6 New International Version (NIV)

Friends

Where has your beloved gone,
    most beautiful of women?
Which way did your beloved turn,
    that we may look for him with you?

She

My beloved has gone down to his garden,
    to the beds of spices,
to browse in the gardens
    and to gather lilies.
I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine;
    he browses among the lilies.

He

You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my darling,
    as lovely as Jerusalem,
    as majestic as troops with banners.
Turn your eyes from me;
    they overwhelm me.
Your hair is like a flock of goats
    descending from Gilead.
Your teeth are like a flock of sheep
    coming up from the washing.
Each has its twin,
    not one of them is missing.
Your temples behind your veil
    are like the halves of a pomegranate.
Sixty queens there may be,
    and eighty concubines,
    and virgins beyond number;
but my dove, my perfect one, is unique,
    the only daughter of her mother,
    the favorite of the one who bore her.
The young women saw her and called her blessed;
    the queens and concubines praised her.

Friends

10 Who is this that appears like the dawn,
    fair as the moon, bright as the sun,
    majestic as the stars in procession?

He

11 I went down to the grove of nut trees
    to look at the new growth in the valley,
to see if the vines had budded
    or the pomegranates were in bloom.
12 Before I realized it,
    my desire set me among the royal chariots of my people.[a]

Friends

13 Come back, come back, O Shulammite;
    come back, come back, that we may gaze on you!

He

Why would you gaze on the Shulammite
    as on the dance of Mahanaim?[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Song of Songs 6:12 Or among the chariots of Amminadab; or among the chariots of the people of the prince
  2. Song of Songs 6:13 In Hebrew texts this verse (6:13) is numbered 7:1.
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