Jan 28, 2024
Song of Solomon 2:8-3:11

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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

15 ​​Catch us the foxes,

​​The little foxes that spoil the vines,

​​For our vines have tender grapes.

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.[fn]

A Troubled Night
The Shulamite
1 By night on my bed I sought the one I love;
​​I sought him, but I did not find him.
2 ​​“I will rise now,” I said,
​​“And go about the city;
​​In the streets and in the squares
​​I will seek the one I love.”
​​I sought him, but I did not find him.
3 ​​The watchmen who go about the city found me;
​​I said,
​​“Have you seen the one I love?”
4 ​​Scarcely had I passed by them,
​​When I found the one I love.
​​I held him and would not let him go,
​​Until I had brought him to the house of my mother,
​​And into the chamber of her who conceived me.
5 ​​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 Coming of Solomon
The Shulamite
6 ​​Who is this coming out of the wilderness
​​Like pillars of smoke,
​​Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,
​​With all the merchant’s fragrant powders?
7 ​​Behold, it is Solomon’s couch,
​​With sixty valiant men around it,
​​Of the valiant of Israel.
8 ​​They all hold swords,
​​Being expert in war.
​​Every man has his sword on his thigh
​​Because of fear in the night.
9 ​​Of the wood of Lebanon
​​Solomon the King
​​Made himself a palanquin:[fn]
10 ​​He made its pillars of silver,
​​Its support of gold,
​​Its seat of purple,
​​Its interior paved with love
​​By the daughters of Jerusalem.
11 ​​Go forth, O daughters of Zion,
​​And see King Solomon with the crown
​​With which his mother crowned him
​​On the day of his wedding,
​​The day of the gladness of his heart.