I am a rose[a] of Sharon,
    (A)a lily of the valleys.

He

As a lily among brambles,
    so is (B)my love among the young women.

She

As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
    so is my (C)beloved among the young men.
With great delight I sat (D)in his shadow,
    and his (E)fruit was sweet to my taste.
He (F)brought me to the banqueting house,[b]
    and his (G)banner over me was love.
Sustain me with (H)raisins;
    refresh me with apples,
    (I)for I am sick with love.
His (J)left hand is under my head,
    and his right hand (K)embraces me!
I (L)adjure you,[c] O (M)daughters of Jerusalem,
    by (N)the gazelles or the does of the field,
that you not stir up or awaken love
    until it pleases.

The Bride Adores Her Beloved

The voice of my beloved!
    Behold, he comes,
leaping (O)over the mountains,
    bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like (P)a gazelle
    or a young stag.
Behold, there he stands
    behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
    looking through the lattice.
10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
(Q)“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
    and come away,
11 for behold, the winter is past;
    (R)the rain is over and gone.
12 (S)The flowers appear on the earth,
    the time of singing[d] has come,
and the voice of (T)the turtledove
    is heard in our land.
13 (U)The fig tree ripens its figs,
    and (V)the vines are in blossom;
    they give forth fragrance.
(W)Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
    and come away.
14 O my (X)dove, in the (Y)clefts of the rock,
    in the crannies of the cliff,
let me see your face,
    let me (Z)hear your voice,
for your voice is sweet,
    and your face is (AA)lovely.
15 Catch (AB)the foxes[e] for us,
    the little foxes
that spoil the vineyards,
    (AC)for our vineyards are in blossom.”

16 (AD)My beloved is mine, and I am his;
    he (AE)grazes[f] among the lilies.
17 Until (AF)the day breathes
    and (AG)the shadows flee,
turn, my beloved, be like (AH)a gazelle
    or a young stag on cleft mountains.[g]

Footnotes

  1. Song of Solomon 2:1 Probably a bulb, such as a crocus, asphodel, or narcissus
  2. Song of Solomon 2:4 Hebrew the house of wine
  3. Song of Solomon 2:7 That is, I put you on oath; so throughout the Song
  4. Song of Solomon 2:12 Or pruning
  5. Song of Solomon 2:15 Or jackals
  6. Song of Solomon 2:16 Or he pastures his flock
  7. Song of Solomon 2:17 Or mountains of Bether

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