Mutual Delight in Each Other
1 "Where R165 F86 has your beloved gone,
O most R166 beautiful among women?
Where has your beloved turned,
That we may seek him with you?"
2 "My F87 beloved has gone down to his garden, R167
To the beds R168 of balsam,
To pasture R169 his flock in the gardens
And gather lilies. R170
3 "I R171 am my beloved's and my beloved is mine,
He who pastures R172 his flock among the lilies."
4 "You R173 F88 are as beautiful as Tirzah, R174 my darling,
As lovely R175 as Jerusalem, R176
As awesome R177 as an F89 army with banners.
5 "Turn your eyes away from me,
For they have confused me;
Your R178 hair is like a flock of goats
That have descended from Gilead.
6 "Your R179 teeth are like a flock of ewes
Which have come up from their washing,
All of which bear twins,
And not one among them has lost F90 her young.
7 "Your R180 temples are like a slice of a pomegranate
Behind your veil.
8 "There are sixty queens R181 and eighty concubines,
And maidens R182 F91 without number;
9 But my R183 dove, my perfect one, is unique: F92
She is her mother's only F92 daughter;
She is the pure child of the one who bore her.
The maidens R184 F93 saw her and called her blessed,
The queens R185 and the concubines also, and they praised her, saying,
10 `Who is this that grows F94 like the dawn,
As beautiful as the full moon, R186
As pure as R187 the sun,
As awesome R188 as an F95 army with banners?'
11 "I went down to the orchard of nut trees
To see the blossoms of the valley,
To see whether the R189 vine had budded
Or the pomegranates R190 had bloomed.
12 "Before I was aware, my soul set me
Over the chariots of my F96 noble people."
13 "<,>Come F98 F97 back, come back, O Shulammite;
Come back, come back, that we may gaze at you!"
"Why F99 should you gaze at the Shulammite,
As at the dance R191 of the R192 F100 two companies?
F89: Lit bannered ones
F90: Or miscarried
F91: Or virgins
F92: Lit one
F92: Lit one
F93: Lit daughters
F94: Lit looks down
F95: Lit bannered ones
F96: Another reading is Ammi-nadib
F98: Ch 7:1 in Heb
F100: Or Mahanaim
R165: Song of Solomon 5:6
R166: Song of Solomon 1:8
R167: Song of Solomon 4:16; 5:1
R168: Song of Solomon 5:13
R169: Song of Solomon 1:7
R170: Song of Solomon 2:1; 5:13
R171: Song of Solomon 2:16; 7:10
R172: Song of Solomon 2:16; 4:5
R173: Song of Solomon 1:15
R174: 1 Kings 14:17
R175: Song of Solomon 1:5
R176: Psalms 48:2; 50:2
R177: Song of Solomon 6:10
R178: Song of Solomon 4:1
R179: Song of Solomon 4:2
R180: Song of Solomon 4:3
R181: 1 Kings 11:3
R182: Song of Solomon 1:3
R183: Song of Solomon 2:14; 5:2
R184: Genesis 30:13
R185: 1 Kings 11:3
R186: Job 1:31:26
R187: Matthew 17:2; Revelation 1:16
R188: Song of Solomon 6:4
R189: Song of Solomon 7:12
R190: Song of Solomon 4:13
R191: Judges 21:21
R192: Genesis 32:2; 2 Samuel 17:24