Song of Solomon 5
He1 I a came to my garden, my b sister, my bride,
I gathered my c myrrh with my spice,
I ate my d honeycomb with my honey,
I e drank my wine with my milk.
OthersEat, f friends, drink,
and be drunk with love!
The Bride Searches for Her Beloved
She2 I slept, but my heart was awake.
A sound! My beloved is g knocking.
“Open to me, my h sister, my i love,
my j dove, my k perfect one,
for my head is wet with dew,
my l locks with the drops of the night.”
3 m I had put off my garment;
how could I put it on?
I had n bathed my feet;
how could I soil them?
4 My beloved put his hand to the latch,
and my heart was thrilled within me.
5 I arose to open to my beloved,
and my hands dripped with myrrh,
my fingers with o liquid myrrh,
on the handles of the bolt.
6 I opened to my beloved,
but my beloved had turned and gone.
My soul failed me when he p spoke.
q I sought him, but found him not;
r I called him, but he gave no answer.
7 s The 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.
8 I t adjure you, O u daughters of Jerusalem,
if you find my beloved,
that you tell him
v I am sick with love.
Others9 What is your beloved more than another beloved,
O w most beautiful among women?
What is your beloved more than another beloved,
that you thus x adjure us?
The Bride Praises Her Beloved
She10 My beloved is radiant and y ruddy,
z distinguished among ten thousand.
11 His head is the finest gold;
aa his locks are wavy,
black as a raven.
12 His ab eyes are like doves
beside streams of water,
bathed in milk,
sitting beside a full pool. ▼
▼ The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
13 His ad cheeks are like ae beds of spices,
mounds of sweet-smelling herbs.
His lips are af lilies,
dripping ag liquid myrrh.
14 His arms are rods of gold,
set with ah jewels.
His body is polished ivory ▼
▼ The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
bedecked with aj sapphires. ▼
▼ Hebrew lapis lazuli
15 His legs are alabaster columns,
set on bases of gold.
His appearance is like al Lebanon,
choice as the cedars.
16 His am mouth ▼
▼ Hebrew palateis most sweet,
and he is altogether desirable.
This is my beloved and this is my friend,
O ao daughters of Jerusalem.
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