Thursday, June 15, 2017

Song of Songs 2



1 I am the rose of Sharon,
   And the lily of the valleys.

The Beloved

2 Like a lily among thorns,
   So is my love among the daughters.

The Shulamite

3 Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods,
   So is my beloved among the sons.
   I sat down in his shade with great delight, 
   And his fruit was sweet to my taste.

The Shulamite to the Daughters of Jerusalem

4 He brought me to the banqueting house,
   And his banner over me was love.
5 Sustain me with cakes of raisins,
   Refresh me with apples,
   For I am lovesick.
6 His left hand is under my head,
   And his right hand embraces me.
7 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
   By the gazelles or by the does of the field,
   Do not stir up nor awaken love
   Until it pleases.
   The Beloved’s Request

The Shulamite

8 The voice of my beloved!
   Behold, he comes
   Leaping upon the mountains,
   Skipping upon the hills.
9 My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
   Behold, he stands behind our wall;
   He is looking through the windows,
   Gazing through the lattice.
10 My beloved spoke, and said to me:
     “Rise up, my love, my fair one,
     And come away.
11 For lo, the winter is past,
     The rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth;
     The time of singing has come,
     And the voice of the turtledove
     Is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree puts forth her green figs,
     And the vines with the tender grapes
     Give a good smell.
     Rise up, my love, my fair one,
     And come away!
14 “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
     In the secret places of the cliff,
     Let me see your face,
     Let me hear your voice;
     For your voice is sweet,
     And your face is lovely.”
   
Her Brothers


The Shulamite

16 My beloved is mine, and I am his.
     He feeds his flock among the lilies.

(To Her Beloved)

17 Until the day breaks
     And the shadows flee away,
     Turn, my beloved,
     And be like a gazelle
     Or a young stag
     Upon the mountains of Bether.

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