Song of Solomon 2

1I am a rose
Or meadow saffron
Not the modern flower but a common wildflower in northern Israel
of Sharon,

a lily
Or lotus
of the valleys. d

2 M : Like a lily among thorns,
so is my darling among the young women.

3 W : Like an apricot
Or apple
tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my love among the young men.
I delight to sit in his shade,
and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
4 He brought me to the banquet hall,
Lit the house of wine
and he looked on me with love.
Or and his banner over me is love
5 Sustain me with raisins;
refresh me with apricots,
Or apples

for I am lovesick. k
6 His left hand is under my head,
and his right arm embraces me.
Or Let his left hand be under . . . and his right arm embrace me
7 Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you
by the gazelles and the wild does of the field:
do not stir up or awaken love
until the appropriate time.
Lit until it pleases

8 Listen! My love is approaching.
Look! Here he comes,
leaping over the mountains, p
bounding over the hills.
9 My love is like a gazelle
or a young stag. q
Look, he is standing behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattice.
10 My love calls to me:

M : Arise, r my darling.
Come away, my beautiful one.
11 For now the winter is past;
the rain has ended and gone away.
12 The blossoms appear in the countryside.
The time of singing
Or pruning
has come,
and the turtledove’s cooing is heard in our land. t
13 The fig tree ripens its figs; u
the blossoming vines give off their fragrance. v
Arise, my darling.
Come away, my beautiful one.

14 My dove, w in the clefts of the rock, x
in the crevices of the cliff,
let me see your face,
Or form

let me hear your voice; z
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely. aa

15 (W) : Catch the foxes for us ab
the little foxes that ruin the vineyards
for our vineyards are in bloom. ac
16 W : My love is mine and I am his; ad
he feeds among the lilies.
17 Before the day breaks
Lit breathes

and the shadows flee,
turn to me, my love, and be like a gazelle
or a young stag af on the divided mountains.
Or the Bether mountains, or the mountains of spices; Hb obscure
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