Song of Solomon 5


1I acame to my garden, my bsister, my bride,
I gathered my cmyrrh with my spice,
I ate my dhoneycomb with my honey,
I edrank my wine with my milk.


Eat, ffriends, drink,
and be drunk with love!

The Bride Searches for Her Beloved


2I slept, but my heart was awake.
A sound! My beloved is gknocking.
Open to me, my hsister, my ilove,
my jdove, my kperfect one,
for my head is wet with dew,
my llocks with the drops of the night.”
3 mI had put off my garment;
how could I put it on?
I had nbathed my feet;
how could I soil them?
4My beloved put his hand to the latch,
and my heart was thrilled within me.
5I arose to open to my beloved,
and my hands dripped with myrrh,
my fingers with oliquid myrrh,
on the handles of the bolt.
6I opened to my beloved,
but my beloved had turned and gone.
My soul failed me when he pspoke.
qI sought him, but found him not;
rI called him, but he gave no answer.
7 sThe watchmen found me
as they went about in the city;
they beat me, they bruised me,
they took away my veil,
those watchmen of the walls.
8I tadjure you, O udaughters of Jerusalem,
if you find my beloved,
that you tell him
vI am sick with love.


9What is your beloved more than another beloved,
O wmost beautiful among women?
What is your beloved more than another beloved,
that you thus xadjure us?

The Bride Praises Her Beloved


10My beloved is radiant and yruddy,
zdistinguished among ten thousand.
11His head is the finest gold;
aahis locks are wavy,
black as a raven.
12His abeyes are like doves
beside streams of water,
bathed in milk,
sitting beside a full pool.
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

13His adcheeks are like aebeds of spices,
mounds of sweet-smelling herbs.
His lips are aflilies,
dripping agliquid myrrh.
14His arms are rods of gold,
set with ahjewels.
His body is polished ivory,
The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain

bedecked with ajsapphires.
Hebrew lapis lazuli

15His legs are alabaster columns,
set on bases of gold.
His appearance is like alLebanon,
choice as the cedars.
16His ammouth
Hebrew palate
is most sweet,
and he is altogether desirable.
This is my beloved and this is my friend,
O aodaughters of Jerusalem.
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