(A)Swear to me, you daughters of Jerusalem,
If you find my beloved,
As to what you will tell him:
For (B)I am lovesick.”

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    (to the young women of Jerusalem)
    Promise me that if you find my love,
        you will speak with him, telling him that I am faint with love.

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I beg you, sisters in Jerusalem—
    if you find my lover,
Please tell him I want him,
    that I’m heartsick with love for him.

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Nevertheless, make me this promise, you brides-to-be:
    if you find my beloved one,
    please tell him I endured all travails for him.
    I’ve been pierced through by love,[a]
    and I will not be turned aside!

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Footnotes

  1. 5:8 As translated from the Septuagint.

Make this promise, O women of Jerusalem—
    If you find my lover,
    tell him I am weak with love.

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