Man

I have come to my garden—my sister, my bride.
I gather[a] my myrrh with my spices.
I eat my honeycomb with my honey.
I drink my wine with my milk.

Narrator

Eat, friends!
Drink, be intoxicated with caresses![b](A)

Woman

I was sleeping, but my heart was awake.
A sound! My love was knocking!(B)

Man

Open to me, my sister, my darling,
my dove, my perfect one.
For my head is drenched with dew,
my hair with droplets of the night.

Woman

I have taken off my clothing.(C)
How can I put it back on?
I have washed my feet.
How can I get them dirty?
My love thrust his hand through the opening,
and my feelings were stirred for him.
I rose to open for my love.
My hands dripped with myrrh,(D)
my fingers with flowing myrrh
on the handles of the bolt.
I opened to my love,
but my love had turned and gone away.
My heart sank[c] because he had left.[d]
I sought him, but did not find him.(E)
I called him, but he did not answer.
The guards who go about the city found me.(F)
They beat and wounded me;
they took my cloak[e] from me—
the guardians of the walls.(G)
Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you,(H)
if you find my love,
tell him that I am lovesick.(I)

Young Women

What makes the one you love better than another,
most beautiful of women?(J)
What makes him better than another,
that you would give us this charge?

Woman

10 My love is fit and strong,[f](K)
notable among ten thousand.(L)

11 His head is purest gold.
His hair is wavy[g](M)
and black as a raven.
12 His eyes are like doves(N)
beside flowing streams,
washed in milk
and set like jewels.[h]
13 His cheeks(O) are like beds of spice,
mounds of[i] perfume.
His lips are lilies,
dripping with flowing myrrh.(P)
14 His arms[j] are rods of gold
set[k] with beryl.(Q)
His body[l] is an ivory panel
covered with lapis lazuli.(R)
15 His legs are alabaster pillars
set on pedestals of pure gold.
His presence is like Lebanon,(S)
as majestic as the cedars.(T)
16 His mouth is sweetness.
He is absolutely desirable.(U)
This is my love, and this is my friend,
young women of Jerusalem.

Young Women

Where has your love gone,
most beautiful of women?
Which way has he[m] turned?
We will seek him with you.

Woman

My love has gone down to his garden,(V)
to beds of spice,(W)
to feed in the gardens(X)
and gather lilies.(Y)
I am my love’s and my love is mine;(Z)
he feeds among the lilies.

Man

You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my darling,
lovely as Jerusalem,
awe-inspiring as an army with banners.(AA)
Turn your eyes away from me,
for they captivate me.(AB)
Your hair is like a flock of goats
streaming down from Gilead.(AC)
Your teeth are like a flock of ewes
coming up from washing,
each one having a twin,
and not one missing.[n](AD)
Behind your veil,(AE)
your brow[o] is like a slice of pomegranate.
There are sixty queens
and eighty concubines(AF)
and young women[p] without number.
But my dove,(AG) my virtuous one, is unique;(AH)
she is the favorite of her mother,
perfect to the one who gave her birth.
Women see her and declare her fortunate;(AI)
queens and concubines also, and they sing her praises:
10 Who is this(AJ) who shines like the dawn,
as beautiful as the moon,
bright as the sun,
awe-inspiring as an army with banners?(AK)

Woman

11 I came down to the walnut grove
to see the blossoms of the valley,
to see if the vines were budding(AL)
and the pomegranates blooming.
12 I didn’t know what was happening to me.
I felt like I was
in a chariot with a nobleman.[q]

Young Women

13 Come back, come back, Shulammite![r]
Come back, come back, that we may look at you!

Man

How you gaze at the Shulammite,
as you look at the dance(AM) of the two camps![s](AN)

Footnotes

  1. 5:1 Lit pluck
  2. 5:1 Or Drink your fill, lovers
  3. 5:6 Lit My soul went out
  4. 5:6 Or spoken
  5. 5:7 Or veil, or shawl
  6. 5:10 Or is radiant and ruddy
  7. 5:11 Or is like palm leaves; Hb obscure
  8. 5:12 Lit milk sitting in fullness
  9. 5:13 LXX, Vg read spice, yielding
  10. 5:14 Lit hands
  11. 5:14 Lit filled; Sg 5:2,12
  12. 5:14 Lit abdomen
  13. 6:1 Lit your love
  14. 6:6 Lit and no one bereaved among them
  15. 6:7 Or temple, or cheek, or lips
  16. 6:8 Or and virgins; Sg 1:3
  17. 6:12 Hb obscure
  18. 6:13 Or the perfect one, or the peaceable one
  19. 6:13 Or dance of Mahanaim

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