Others

Where has your beloved gone,
    O (A)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 (B)garden
    to (C)the beds of spices,
to (D)graze[a] in the gardens
    and to gather (E)lilies.
(F)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 (G)Tirzah, (H)my love,
    (I)lovely as (J)Jerusalem,
    (K)awesome as an army with banners.
Turn away your eyes from me,
    for they overwhelm me—
(L)Your hair is like a flock of goats
    leaping down the slopes of Gilead.
(M)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.
(N)Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate
    behind your veil.
There are (O)sixty (P)queens and eighty (Q)concubines,
    and (R)virgins without number.
My (S)dove, my (T)perfect one, is the only one,
    the only one of her mother,
    pure to (U)her who bore her.
(V)The young women saw her and called her blessed;
    (W)the queens and (X)concubines also, and they praised her.

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

She

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

Others

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

He

Why should you look upon (AF)the Shulammite,
    as upon (AG)a dance before (AH)two armies?[d]

How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
    O (AI)noble daughter!
Your rounded thighs are like (AJ)jewels,
    the work of (AK)a master hand.
Your navel is a rounded bowl
    that never lacks mixed wine.
Your belly is a heap of wheat,
    encircled with (AL)lilies.
(AM)Your two breasts are like two fawns,
    twins of a gazelle.
Your (AN)neck is like an ivory tower.
Your (AO)eyes are pools in (AP)Heshbon,
    by the gate of Bath-rabbim.
Your nose is like a tower of (AQ)Lebanon,
    which looks toward (AR)Damascus.
Your head crowns you like (AS)Carmel,
    and your (AT)flowing locks are like purple;
    a king is held captive in the tresses.

(AU)How beautiful and (AV)pleasant you are,
    O loved one, with all your delights![e]
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 (AW)clusters of the vine,
    and the scent of your breath like apples,
and your (AX)mouth[f] like the best wine.

She

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

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

The Bride Gives Her Love

11 (BA)Come, my beloved,
    let us go out into the fields
    and lodge in the villages;[h]
12 let us go out early to the vineyards
    (BB)and see whether the vines have budded,
whether (BC)the grape blossoms have opened
    and the pomegranates are in bloom.
There I will give you my love.
13 (BD)The mandrakes give forth fragrance,
    and beside our doors are all choice fruits,
(BE)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 (BF)bring you
    into the house of my mother—
    she who used to teach me.
I would give you (BG)spiced wine to drink,
    the juice of my pomegranate.
(BH)His left hand is under my head,
    and his right hand embraces me!
I (BI)adjure you, O (BJ)daughters of Jerusalem,
    (BK)that you not stir up or awaken love
    until it pleases.

(BL)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 (BM)a seal upon your arm,
for (BN)love is strong as death,
    (BO)jealousy[i] is fierce as the grave.[j]
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
    the very (BP)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 (BQ)house,
    he[k] would be utterly despised.

Final Advice

Others

We have a little sister,
    and she (BR)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 (BS)boards of cedar.

She

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

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

He

13 (CA)O you who dwell in the gardens,
    with (CB)companions listening for your voice;
    (CC)let me hear it.

She

14 (CD)Make haste, my beloved,
    and be (CE)like a gazelle
or a young stag
    on (CF)the mountains of spices.

Footnotes

  1. Song of Solomon 6:2 Or to pasture his flock; also verse 3
  2. Song of Solomon 6:12 Or chariots of Ammi-Nadib
  3. Song of Solomon 6:13 Ch 7:1 in Hebrew
  4. Song of Solomon 6:13 Or dance of Mahanaim
  5. Song of Solomon 7:6 Or among delights
  6. Song of Solomon 7:9 Hebrew palate
  7. 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
  8. Song of Solomon 7:11 Or among the henna plants
  9. Song of Solomon 8:6 Or ardor
  10. Song of Solomon 8:6 Hebrew as Sheol
  11. Song of Solomon 8:7 Or it
  12. Song of Solomon 8:10 Or brings out

Bible Gateway Recommends

ESV The Psalms (Press-grain Paperback)
ESV The Psalms (Press-grain Paperback)
Retail: $12.99
Our Price: $2.49
Save: $10.50 (81%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
ESV Thinline Bible, Genuine Leather, Black
ESV Thinline Bible, Genuine Leather, Black
Retail: $59.99
Our Price: $31.49
Save: $28.50 (48%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars
ESV Large-Print Study Bible--genuine leather, black (indexed)
ESV Large-Print Study Bible--genuine leather, black (indexed)
Retail: $134.99
Our Price: $79.99
Save: $55.00 (41%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
ESV My Creative Bible for Girls, Hardcover, Purple Glitter
ESV My Creative Bible for Girls, Hardcover, Purple Glitter
Retail: $39.99
Our Price: $26.99
Save: $13.00 (33%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
Ephesians, ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal
Ephesians, ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal
Retail: $5.99
Our Price: $3.49
Save: $2.50 (42%)
4.0 of 5.0 stars
ESV Archaeology Study Bible--soft leather-look, brown
ESV Archaeology Study Bible--soft leather-look, brown
Retail: $79.99
Our Price: $24.99
Save: $55.00 (69%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars