He

I (A)came to my garden, my (B)sister, my bride,
    I gathered my (C)myrrh with my spice,
    I ate my (D)honeycomb with my honey,
    I (E)drank my wine with my milk.

Others

Eat, (F)friends, drink,
    and be drunk with love!

The Bride Searches for Her Beloved

She

I slept, but my heart was awake.
A sound! My beloved is (G)knocking.
“Open to me, my (H)sister, my (I)love,
    my (J)dove, my (K)perfect one,
for my head is wet with dew,
    my (L)locks with the drops of the night.”
(M)I had put off my garment;
    how could I put it on?
I had (N)bathed my feet;
    how could I soil them?
My beloved put his hand to the latch,
    and my heart was thrilled within me.
I arose to open to my beloved,
    and my hands dripped with myrrh,
my fingers with (O)liquid myrrh,
    on the handles of the bolt.
I opened to my beloved,
    but my beloved had turned and gone.
My soul failed me when he (P)spoke.
(Q)I sought him, but found him not;
    (R)I called him, but he gave no answer.
(S)The watchmen found me
    as they went about in the city;
they beat me, they bruised me,
    they took away my veil,
    those watchmen of the walls.
I (T)adjure you, O (U)daughters of Jerusalem,
    if you find my beloved,
that you tell him
    (V)I am sick with love.

Others

What is your beloved more than another beloved,
    O (W)most beautiful among women?
What is your beloved more than another beloved,
    that you thus (X)adjure us?

The Bride Praises Her Beloved

She

10 My beloved is radiant and (Y)ruddy,
    (Z)distinguished among ten thousand.
11 His head is the finest gold;
    (AA)his locks are wavy,
    black as a raven.
12 His (AB)eyes are like doves
    beside streams of water,
bathed in milk,
    sitting beside a full pool.[a]
13 His (AC)cheeks are like (AD)beds of spices,
    mounds of sweet-smelling herbs.
His lips are (AE)lilies,
    dripping (AF)liquid myrrh.
14 His arms are rods of gold,
    set with (AG)jewels.
His body is polished ivory,[b]
    bedecked with (AH)sapphires.[c]
15 His legs are alabaster columns,
    set on bases of gold.
His appearance is like (AI)Lebanon,
    choice as the cedars.
16 His (AJ)mouth[d] is most sweet,
    and he is altogether desirable.
This is my beloved and this is my friend,
    O (AK)daughters of Jerusalem.

Others

Where has your beloved gone,
    O (AL)most beautiful among women?
Where has your beloved turned,
    that we may seek him with you?

Together in the Garden of Love

She

My beloved has gone down to his (AM)garden
    to (AN)the beds of spices,
to (AO)graze[e] in the gardens
    and to gather (AP)lilies.
(AQ)I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine;
    he grazes among the lilies.

Solomon and His Bride Delight in Each Other

He

You are beautiful as (AR)Tirzah, (AS)my love,
    (AT)lovely as (AU)Jerusalem,
    (AV)awesome as an army with banners.
Turn away your eyes from me,
    for they overwhelm me—
(AW)Your hair is like a flock of goats
    leaping down the slopes of Gilead.
(AX)Your teeth are like a flock of ewes
    that have come up from the washing;
all of them bear twins;
    not one among them has lost its young.
(AY)Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate
    behind your veil.
There are (AZ)sixty (BA)queens and eighty (BB)concubines,
    and (BC)virgins without number.
My (BD)dove, my (BE)perfect one, is the only one,
    the only one of her mother,
    pure to (BF)her who bore her.
(BG)The young women saw her and called her blessed;
    (BH)the queens and (BI)concubines also, and they praised her.

10 (BJ)“Who is this who looks down like the dawn,
    beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun,
    (BK)awesome as an army with banners?”

She

11 I went down to the nut orchard
    to look at (BL)the blossoms of the valley,
(BM)to see whether the vines had budded,
    whether the pomegranates were in bloom.
12 (BN)Before I was aware, my desire set me
    among (BO)the chariots of my kinsman, a prince.[f]

Others

13 [g] Return, return, O (BP)Shulammite,
    return, return, that we may look upon you.

He

Why should you look upon (BQ)the Shulammite,
    as upon (BR)a dance before (BS)two armies?[h]

How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
    O (BT)noble daughter!
Your rounded thighs are like (BU)jewels,
    the work of (BV)a master hand.
Your navel is a rounded bowl
    that never lacks mixed wine.
Your belly is a heap of wheat,
    encircled with (BW)lilies.
(BX)Your two breasts are like two fawns,
    twins of a gazelle.
Your (BY)neck is like an ivory tower.
Your (BZ)eyes are pools in (CA)Heshbon,
    by the gate of Bath-rabbim.
Your nose is like a tower of (CB)Lebanon,
    which looks toward (CC)Damascus.
Your head crowns you like (CD)Carmel,
    and your (CE)flowing locks are like purple;
    a king is held captive in the tresses.

(CF)How beautiful and (CG)pleasant you are,
    O loved one, with all your delights![i]
Your stature is like a palm tree,
    and your breasts are like its clusters.
I say I will climb the palm tree
    and lay hold of its fruit.
Oh may your breasts be like (CH)clusters of the vine,
    and the scent of your breath like apples,
and your (CI)mouth[j] like the best wine.

She

It goes down smoothly for my beloved,
    gliding over lips and teeth.[k]

10 (CJ)I am my beloved's,
    (CK)and his desire is for me.

The Bride Gives Her Love

11 (CL)Come, my beloved,
    let us go out into the fields
    and lodge in the villages;[l]
12 let us go out early to the vineyards
    (CM)and see whether the vines have budded,
whether (CN)the grape blossoms have opened
    and the pomegranates are in bloom.
There I will give you my love.
13 (CO)The mandrakes give forth fragrance,
    and beside our doors are all choice fruits,
(CP)new as well as old,
    which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.

Longing for Her Beloved

Oh that you were like a brother to me
    who nursed at my mother's breasts!
If I found you outside, I would kiss you,
    and none would despise me.
I would lead you and (CQ)bring you
    into the house of my mother—
    she who used to teach me.
I would give you (CR)spiced wine to drink,
    the juice of my pomegranate.
(CS)His left hand is under my head,
    and his right hand embraces me!
I (CT)adjure you, O (CU)daughters of Jerusalem,
    (CV)that you not stir up or awaken love
    until it pleases.

(CW)Who is that coming up from the wilderness,
    leaning on her beloved?

Under the apple tree I awakened you.
There your mother was in labor with you;
    there she who bore you was in labor.

Set me as a seal upon your heart,
    as (CX)a seal upon your arm,
for (CY)love is strong as death,
    (CZ)jealousy[m] is fierce as the grave.[n]
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
    the very (DA)flame of the Lord.
Many waters cannot quench love,
    neither can floods drown it.
If a man offered for love
    all the wealth of his (DB)house,
    he[o] would be utterly despised.

Final Advice

Others

We have a little sister,
    and she (DC)has no breasts.
What shall we do for our sister
    on the day when she is spoken for?
If she is a wall,
    we will build on her a battlement of silver,
but if she is a door,
    we will enclose her with (DD)boards of cedar.

She

10 (DE)I was a wall,
    and my (DF)breasts were like towers;
then I was in his eyes
    as one who finds[p] peace.

11 Solomon had (DG)a vineyard at Baal-hamon;
    he (DH)let out the vineyard to (DI)keepers;
    each one was to bring for its fruit (DJ)a thousand pieces of silver.
12 My vineyard, my very own, is before me;
    you, O Solomon, may have the thousand,
    and (DK)the keepers of the fruit two hundred.

He

13 (DL)O you who dwell in the gardens,
    with (DM)companions listening for your voice;
    (DN)let me hear it.

She

14 (DO)Make haste, my beloved,
    and be (DP)like a gazelle
or a young stag
    on (DQ)the mountains of spices.

The (DR)vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem (DS)in the days of (DT)Uzziah, (DU)Jotham, (DV)Ahaz, and (DW)Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

The Wickedness of Judah

(DX)Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O (DY)earth;
    for the Lord has spoken:
“Children[q] (DZ)have I reared and brought up,
    but they have rebelled against me.
The ox (EA)knows its owner,
    and the donkey its master's crib,
but Israel does (EB)not know,
    my people do not understand.”

Ah, sinful nation,
    a people laden with iniquity,
(EC)offspring of evildoers,
    children who deal corruptly!
They have forsaken the Lord,
    they have (ED)despised (EE)the Holy One of Israel,
    they are utterly (EF)estranged.

Why will you still be (EG)struck down?
    Why will you (EH)continue to rebel?
The whole head is sick,
    and the whole heart faint.
(EI)From the sole of the foot even to the head,
    there is no soundness in it,
but bruises and sores
    and raw wounds;
they are (EJ)not pressed out or bound up
    or softened with oil.

(EK)Your country lies desolate;
    your cities are burned with fire;
in your very presence
    foreigners devour your land;
    it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners.
And (EL)the daughter of Zion is left
    like a (EM)booth in a vineyard,
like a lodge in a cucumber field,
    like a besieged city.

(EN)If the Lord of hosts
    had not left us (EO)a few survivors,
we should have been like (EP)Sodom,
    and become like (EQ)Gomorrah.

10 Hear the word of the Lord,
    you rulers of (ER)(ES)Sodom!
Give ear to the teaching[r] of our God,
    you people of (ET)Gomorrah!
11 (EU)“What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
    says the Lord;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
    and the fat of well-fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
    or of lambs, or of goats.

12 “When you come to (EV)appear before me,
    who has required of you
    this trampling of my courts?
13 Bring no more vain offerings;
    incense is an abomination to me.
(EW)New moon and Sabbath and the (EX)calling of convocations—
    I cannot endure (EY)iniquity and (EZ)solemn assembly.
14 Your (FA)new moons and your appointed feasts
    my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me;
    I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you (FB)spread out your hands,
    I will hide my eyes from you;
(FC)even though you make many prayers,
    I will not listen;
    (FD)your hands are full of blood.
16 (FE)Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
    remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
(FF)cease to do evil,
17     learn to do good;
(FG)seek justice,
    correct oppression;
(FH)bring justice to the fatherless,
    plead the widow's cause.

18 “Come now, (FI)let us reason[s] together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as (FJ)white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool.
19 (FK)If you are willing and obedient,
    you shall eat the good of the land;
20 but if you refuse and rebel,
    you shall be eaten by the sword;
    (FL)for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

The Unfaithful City

21 How the faithful city
    (FM)has become a whore,[t]
    (FN)she who was full of justice!
Righteousness lodged in her,
    but now murderers.
22 (FO)Your silver has become dross,
    your best wine mixed with water.
23 Your princes are rebels
    and companions of thieves.
Everyone (FP)loves a bribe
    and runs after gifts.
(FQ)They do not bring justice to the fatherless,
    and the widow's cause does not come to them.

24 Therefore the (FR)Lord declares,
    the Lord of hosts,
    the (FS)Mighty One of Israel:
“Ah, I will get relief from my enemies
    (FT)and avenge myself on my foes.
25 (FU)I will turn my hand against you
    and will smelt away your (FV)dross as with lye
    and remove all your alloy.
26 And I will restore your judges (FW)as at the first,
    and your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward (FX)you shall be called the city of righteousness,
    the faithful city.”

27 (FY)Zion shall be redeemed by justice,
    and those in her who repent, by righteousness.
28 (FZ)But rebels and sinners shall be broken together,
    and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed.
29 (GA)For they[u] shall be ashamed of (GB)the oaks
    that you desired;
and you shall blush for (GC)the gardens
    that you have chosen.
30 For you shall be (GD)like an oak
    whose leaf withers,
    and like a garden without water.
31 And the strong shall become (GE)tinder,
    and his work a spark,
and both of them shall burn together,
    with (GF)none to quench them.

Footnotes

  1. Song of Solomon 5:12 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
  2. Song of Solomon 5:14 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
  3. Song of Solomon 5:14 Hebrew lapis lazuli
  4. Song of Solomon 5:16 Hebrew palate
  5. Song of Solomon 6:2 Or to pasture his flock; also verse 3
  6. Song of Solomon 6:12 Or chariots of Ammi-Nadib
  7. Song of Solomon 6:13 Ch 7:1 in Hebrew
  8. Song of Solomon 6:13 Or dance of Mahanaim
  9. Song of Solomon 7:6 Or among delights
  10. Song of Solomon 7:9 Hebrew palate
  11. Song of Solomon 7:9 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew causing the lips of sleepers to speak, or gliding over the lips of those who sleep
  12. Song of Solomon 7:11 Or among the henna plants
  13. Song of Solomon 8:6 Or ardor
  14. Song of Solomon 8:6 Hebrew as Sheol
  15. Song of Solomon 8:7 Or it
  16. Song of Solomon 8:10 Or brings out
  17. Isaiah 1:2 Or Sons; also verse 4
  18. Isaiah 1:10 Or law
  19. Isaiah 1:18 Or dispute
  20. Isaiah 1:21 Or become unchaste
  21. Isaiah 1:29 Some Hebrew manuscripts you

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