How beautiful are your sandaled feet, princess![a](A)
The curves of your thighs are like jewelry,
the handiwork of a master.
Your navel is a rounded bowl;
it never lacks mixed wine.
Your belly is a mound of wheat
surrounded by lilies.
Your breasts are like two fawns,
twins of a gazelle.(B)
Your neck is like a tower of ivory,(C)
your eyes like pools in Heshbon
by Bath-rabbim’s gate.
Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon
looking toward Damascus.
Your head crowns you[b] like Mount Carmel,
the hair of your head like purple cloth—
a king could be held captive(D) in your tresses.
How beautiful you are and how pleasant,(E)
my love, with such delights!
Your stature is like a palm tree;
your breasts are clusters of fruit.
I said, “I will climb the palm tree
and take hold of its fruit.”(F)
May your breasts be like clusters of grapes,
and the fragrance of your breath like apricots.(G)
Your mouth[c] is like fine wine(H)


flowing smoothly for my love,
gliding past my lips and teeth![d]
10 I am my love’s,
and his desire(I) is for me.(J)

11 Come, my love,
let’s go to the field;
let’s spend the night among the henna blossoms.[e]
12 Let’s go early to the vineyards;
let’s see if the vine has budded,
if the blossom has opened,
if the pomegranates are in bloom.(K)
There I will give you my caresses.
13 The mandrakes(L) give off a fragrance,
and at our doors is every delicacy,
both new and old.
I have treasured them up for you, my love.

If only I could treat you like my brother,[f]
one who nursed at my mother’s breasts,
I would find you in public and kiss you,
and no one would scorn me.
I would lead you, I would take you,
to the house of my mother(M) who taught me.[g]
I would give you spiced wine to drink
from the juice of my pomegranate.
May his left hand be under my head,
and his right arm embrace me.(N)
Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you,
do not stir up or awaken love
until the appropriate time.(O)

Young Women

Who is this(P) coming up from the wilderness,
leaning on the one she loves?


I awakened you under the apricot tree.(Q)
There your mother conceived you;
there she conceived and gave you birth.
Set me as a seal on your heart,
as a seal on your arm.(R)
For love is as strong as death;(S)
jealousy is as unrelenting as Sheol.
Love’s flames are fiery flames(T)
an almighty flame![h]
A huge torrent cannot extinguish love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If a man were to give all his wealth[i] for love,(U)
it would be utterly scorned.


Our sister is young;
she has no breasts.(V)
What will we do for our sister
on the day she is spoken for?
If she is a wall,
we will build a silver barricade on her.
If she is a door,
we will enclose her with cedar planks.(W)


10 I am[j] a wall
and my breasts like towers.
So in his eyes I have become
like one who finds[k] peace.[l]

11 Solomon owned a vineyard in Baal-hamon.(X)
He leased the vineyard to tenants.(Y)
Each was to bring for his fruit
one thousand pieces of silver.(Z)
12 I have my own vineyard.[m](AA)
The one thousand are for you, Solomon,
but two hundred for those who take care of its fruits.


13 You[n] who dwell in the gardens,
companions(AB) are listening for your voice;
let me hear you!(AC)


14 Run away with me,[o] my love,
and be like a gazelle
or a young stag
on the mountains of spices.(AD)


  1. 7:1 Lit daughter of a nobleman, or prince
  2. 7:5 Lit head upon you is
  3. 7:9 Lit palate
  4. 7:9 LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads past lips of sleepers
  5. 7:11 Or the villages
  6. 8:1 Lit Would that you were like a brother to me
  7. 8:2 LXX adds and into the chamber of the one who bore me
  8. 8:6 Or the blaze of the Lord
  9. 8:7 Litall the wealth of his house
  10. 8:10 Or was
  11. 8:10 Or brings
  12. 8:10 In Hb, the word for peace sounds similar to Solomon and Shulammite.
  13. 8:12 Lit My vineyard, which is mine, is before me; Sg 1:6
  14. 8:13 In Hb, the word for You is feminine.
  15. 8:14 Lit Flee

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