Song of Solomon 6-8
English Standard Version
6 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
Solomon and His Bride Delight in Each Other
4 You are beautiful as (G)Tirzah, (H)my love,
(I)lovely as (J)Jerusalem,
(K)awesome as an army with banners.
5 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.
6 (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.
7 (N)Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate
behind your veil.
8 There are (O)sixty (P)queens and eighty (Q)concubines,
and (R)virgins without number.
9 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.
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]
7 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.
2 Your navel is a rounded bowl
that never lacks mixed wine.
Your belly is a heap of wheat,
encircled with (AL)lilies.
3 (AM)Your two breasts are like two fawns,
twins of a gazelle.
4 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.
5 Your head crowns you like (AS)Carmel,
and your (AT)flowing locks are like purple;
a king is held captive in the tresses.
6 (AU)How beautiful and (AV)pleasant you are,
O loved one, with all your delights![e]
7 Your stature is like a palm tree,
and your breasts are like its clusters.
8 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,
9 and your (AX)mouth[f] like the best wine.
It goes down smoothly for my beloved,
gliding over lips and teeth.[g]
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
8 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.
2 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.
3 (BH)His left hand is under my head,
and his right hand embraces me!
4 I (BI)adjure you, O (BJ)daughters of Jerusalem,
(BK)that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.
5 (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.
6 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.
7 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.
8 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?
9 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.
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.
- Song of Solomon 6:2 Or to pasture his flock; also verse 3
- Song of Solomon 6:12 Or chariots of Ammi-Nadib
- Song of Solomon 6:13 Ch 7:1 in Hebrew
- Song of Solomon 6:13 Or dance of Mahanaim
- Song of Solomon 7:6 Or among delights
- Song of Solomon 7:9 Hebrew palate
- 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
- Song of Solomon 7:11 Or among the henna plants
- Song of Solomon 8:6 Or ardor
- Song of Solomon 8:6 Hebrew as Sheol
- Song of Solomon 8:7 Or it
- Song of Solomon 8:10 Or brings out