Song of Solomon 21 I am a rose ▼
▼ Probably a bulb, such as a crocus, asphodel, or narcissusof Sharon,
b a lily of the valleys.
He2 As a lily among brambles,
so is c my love among the young women.
She3 As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my d beloved among the young men.
With great delight I sat e in his shadow,
and his f fruit was sweet to my taste.
4 He g brought me to the banqueting house ▼
▼ Hebrew the house of wine
and his i banner over me was love.
5 Sustain me with j raisins;
refresh me with apples,
k for I am sick with love.
6 His l left hand is under my head,
and his right hand m embraces me!
7 I n adjure you, ▼
▼ That is, I put you on oath; so throughout the SongO p daughters of Jerusalem,
by q the gazelles or the does of the field,
that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.
The Bride Adores Her Beloved8 The voice of my beloved!
Behold, he comes,
leaping r over the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
9 My beloved is like s a gazelle
or a young stag.
Behold, there he stands
behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
looking through the lattice.
10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
t “Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,
11 for behold, the winter is past;
u the rain is over and gone.
12 v The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing ▼
▼ Or pruninghas come,
and the voice of x the turtledove
is heard in our land.
13 y The fig tree ripens its figs,
and z the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
aa Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away.
14 O my ab dove, in the ac clefts of the rock,
in the crannies of the cliff,
let me see your face,
let me ad hear your voice,
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is ae lovely.
15 Catch af the foxes ▼
▼ Or jackalsfor us,
the little foxes
that spoil the vineyards,
ah for our vineyards are in blossom.”
16 ai My beloved is mine, and I am his;
he aj grazes ▼
▼ Or he pastures his flockamong the lilies.
17 Until al the day breathes
and am the shadows flee,
turn, my beloved, be like an a gazelle
or a young stag on cleft mountains. ▼
▼ Or mountains of Bether
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