Song of Solomon 2 (Lexham English Bible)

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Dialogue between Maiden and Her Beloved

1 I [am] a rosea of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. 2 Like a lily among the thorns,b so [is] my love among the maidens. 3 As an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so [is] my beloved among the young men. In his shade {I sat down with delight},c and his fruit [was] sweet to my palate.

Banquet Hall of Love

4 He brought me to the house of the wine, and his intention [was] love toward me. 5 Sustain me with the raisins, refresh me with the apples, {for I [am] lovesick}.d

Double Refrain: Embrace and Adjuration

6 His left [hand] [is] under my head, and his right [hand] embracese me. 7 I adjure you, {O maidens of Jerusalem},f by the gazelles or by the does of the field, do not arouse or awaken love until it pleases!g

Rendezvous in the Countryside

8 The voice of my beloved! Look! Here {he}h comes leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills! 9 My beloved is like a gazelle or {a young stag}.i Look! {He is}j standing behind our wall, gazing {through}k the window, looking {through}l the lattice. 10 My beloved answered and said to me, "{Arise},m my beloved! {Come, my beauty}!n 11 For look! The winter is over; {the rainy season}o {has turned and gone away}.p 12 The blossoms {appear}q {in the land};r {the time of singings has arrived};t the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. 13 The fig tree puts forth her figs, and the vines [are in] blossom; they give fragrance. {Arise},u my beloved! {Come, my beauty}!"v 14 My dove, in the clefts of the rock, {in the secluded place}wx {in the mountain},yz Let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice [is] sweet and your face [is] lovely. 15 Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes destroying vineyards, foraa our vineyards [are in] blossom!

Poetic Refrain(s)

16 {My beloved belongs to me and I belong to him};bb he pastures his flock among the lilies. 17 Until the day breathes and the shadows flee, turn, my beloved! {Be like}cc a gazelledd or {young stag}ee on the cleft mountains.ff
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