Song of Solomon 2 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I'm just a wildflower picked from the plains of Sharon, a lotus blossom from the valley pools. 1 I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.
2 A lotus blossoming in a swamp of weeds - that's my dear friend among the girls in the village. 2 Like a lily among thorns is my darling among the maidens.
3 As an apricot tree stands out in the forest, my lover stands above the young men in town. All I want is to sit in his shade, to taste and savor his delicious love. 3 Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my lover among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
4 He took me home with him for a festive meal, but his eyes feasted on me! 4 He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.
5 Oh! Give me something refreshing to eat - and quickly! Apricots, raisins - anything. I'm about to faint with love! 5 Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love.
6 His left hand cradles my head, and his right arm encircles my waist! 6 His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me.
7 Oh, let me warn you, sisters in Jerusalem, by the gazelles, yes, by all the wild deer: Don't excite love, don't stir it up, until the time is ripe - and you're ready. 7 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.
8 Look! Listen! There's my lover! Do you see him coming? Vaulting the mountains, leaping the hills. 8 Listen! My lover! Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills.
9 My lover is like a gazelle, graceful; like a young stag, virile. Look at him there, on tiptoe at the gate, all ears, all eyes - ready! 9 My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look! There he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice.
10 My lover has arrived and he's speaking to me! Get up, my dear friend, fair and beautiful lover - come to me! 10 My lover spoke and said to me, "Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.
11 Look around you: Winter is over; the winter rains are over, gone! 11 See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.
12 Spring flowers are in blossom all over. The whole world's a choir - and singing! Spring warblers are filling the forest with sweet arpeggios. 12 Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
13 Lilacs are exuberantly purple and perfumed, and cherry trees fragrant with blossoms. Oh, get up, dear friend, my fair and beautiful lover - come to me! 13 The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me."
14 Come, my shy and modest dove - leave your seclusion, come out in the open. Let me see your face, let me hear your voice. For your voice is soothing and your face is ravishing. 14 My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
15 Then you must protect me from the foxes, foxes on the prowl, Foxes who would like nothing better than to get into our flowering garden. 15 Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.
16 My lover is mine, and I am his. Nightly he strolls in our garden, Delighting in the flowers 16 My lover is mine and I am his; he browses among the lilies.
17 until dawn breathes its light and night slips away. Turn to me, dear lover. Come like a gazelle. Leap like a wild stag on delectable mountains! 17 Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, turn, my lover, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the rugged hills.