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Song of Solomon 5 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I come to my garden, my sister, my bride, I gather my myrrh with my spice, I eat my honeycomb with my honey, I drink my wine with my milk. Eat, O friends, and drink: drink deeply, O lovers! 1 I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Eat, O friends, and drink; drink your fill, O lovers.
2 I slept, but my heart was awake. Hark! my beloved is knocking. "Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my perfect one; for my head is wet with dew, my locks with the drops of the night." 2 I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My lover is knocking: "Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night."
3 I had put off my garment, how could I put it on? I had bathed my feet, how could I soil them? 3 I have taken off my robe-- must I put it on again? I have washed my feet-- must I soil them again?
4 My beloved put his hand to the latch, and my heart was thrilled within me. 4 My lover thrust his hand through the latch-opening; my heart began to pound for him.
5 I arose to open to my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, upon the handles of the bolt. 5 I arose to open for my lover, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with flowing myrrh, on the handles of the lock.
6 I opened to my beloved, but my beloved had turned and gone. My soul failed me when he spoke. I sought him, but found him not; I called him, but he gave no answer. 6 I opened for my lover, but my lover had left; he was gone. My heart sank at his departure. I looked for him but did not find him. I called him but he did not answer.
7 The watchmen found me, as they went about in the city; they beat me, they wounded me, they took away my mantle, those watchmen of the walls. 7 The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city. They beat me, they bruised me; they took away my cloak, those watchmen of the walls!
8 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved, that you tell him I am sick with love. 8 O daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you-- if you find my lover, what will you tell him? Tell him I am faint with love.
9 What is your beloved more than another beloved, O fairest among women? What is your beloved more than another beloved, that you thus adjure us? 9 How is your beloved better than others, most beautiful of women? How is your beloved better than others, that you charge us so?
10 My beloved is all radiant and ruddy, distinguished among ten thousand. 10 My lover is radiant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand.
11 His head is the finest gold; his locks are wavy, black as a raven. 11 His head is purest gold; his hair is wavy and black as a raven.
12 His eyes are like doves beside springs of water, bathed in milk, fitly set. 12 His eyes are like doves by the water streams, washed in milk, mounted like jewels.
13 His cheeks are like beds of spices, yielding fragrance. His lips are lilies, distilling liquid myrrh. 13 His cheeks are like beds of spice yielding perfume. His lips are like lilies dripping with myrrh.
14 His arms are rounded gold, set with jewels. His body is ivory work, encrusted with sapphires. 14 His arms are rods of gold set with chrysolite. His body is like polished ivory decorated with sapphires.
15 His legs are alabaster columns, set upon bases of gold. His appearance is like Lebanon, choice as the cedars. 15 His legs are pillars of marble set on bases of pure gold. His appearance is like Lebanon, choice as its cedars.
16 His speech is most sweet, and he is altogether desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem. 16 His mouth is sweetness itself; he is altogether lovely. This is my lover, this my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.