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Song of Solomon 2:3-13 (New International Version)

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3 Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my lover1 among the young men. I delight2 to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.3 4 He has taken me to the banquet hall,4 and his banner5 over me is love. 5 Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples,6 for I am faint with love.7 6 His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me.8 7 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you9 by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.10 8 Listen! My lover! Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills.11 9 My lover is like a gazelle12 or a young stag.13 Look! There he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice. 10 My lover spoke and said to me, "Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me. 11 See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. 12 Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. 13 The fig tree forms its early fruit;14 the blossoming15 vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me."
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