1I am a rose#2:1 Probably a bulb, such as a crocus, asphodel, or narcissus of Sharon,
Hos. 14:5; [ch. 5:13] a lily of the valleys.
2As a lily among brambles,
so is #See ch. 1:15my love among the young women.
3As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my #ch. 1:16 beloved among the young men.
With great delight I sat #Isa. 25:4; 32:2 in his shadow,
and his #[Rev. 22:2]fruit was sweet to my taste.
4He #ch. 1:4 brought me to the banqueting house,#2:4 Hebrew the house of wine
and his #[Ps. 20:5]banner over me was love.
5Sustain me with #2 Sam. 6:19; 1 Chr. 16:3; Hos. 3:1 raisins;
refresh me with apples,
# ch. 5:8 for I am sick with love.
6His #ch. 8:3; [Deut. 33:27] left hand is under my head,
and his right hand #[Prov. 4:8]embraces me!
7I #ch. 3:5; 5:8, 9; 8:4 adjure you,#2:7 That is, I put you on oath; so throughout the Song O #See ch. 1:5 daughters of Jerusalem,
by #See ver. 9the gazelles or the does of the field,
that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.
The Bride Adores Her Beloved
8The voice of my beloved!
Behold, he comes,
leaping #[Isa. 52:7]over the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
9My beloved is like #ch. 4:5; 7:3; 8:14; 2 Sam. 2:18; 1 Chr. 12:8; [Ps. 18:33; Hab. 3:19]a gazelle
or a young stag.
Behold, there he stands
behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
looking through the lattice.
10My beloved speaks and says to me:
# ver. 13 “Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,
11for behold, the winter is past;
# [Joel 2:23] the rain is over and gone.
12 # [2 Sam. 23:4] The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing#2:12 Or pruning has come,
and the voice of #[Jer. 8:7]the turtledove
is heard in our land.
13 # [Matt. 24:32] The fig tree ripens its figs,
and #ch. 7:12 the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
# ver. 10 Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away.
14O my #ch. 5:2; 6:9; [ch. 1:15] dove, in the #Jer. 48:28; 49:16; Obad. 3 clefts of the rock,
in the crannies of the cliff,
let me see your face,
let me #ch. 8:13 hear your voice,
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is #ch. 1:5; 4:3lovely.
15Catch #[Ezek. 13:4] the foxes#2:15 Or jackals for us,
the little foxes
that spoil the vineyards,
# [See ver. 13 above] for our vineyards are in blossom.”
16 # ch. 6:3; 7:10 My beloved is mine, and I am his;
he #ch. 4:5; 6:3grazes#2:16 Or he pastures his flock among the lilies.
17Until #ch. 4:6; [Gen. 3:8] the day breathes
and #Jer. 6:4 the shadows flee,
turn, my beloved, be like #See ver. 9a gazelle
or a young stag on cleft mountains.#2:17 Or mountains of Bether