1Where has your beloved gone,
O #[See ch. 5:9 above]most beautiful among women?
Where has your beloved turned,
that we may seek him with you?
Together in the Garden of Love
2My beloved has gone down to his #ch. 4:16; 5:1 garden
to #ch. 5:13 the beds of spices,
to #ch. 1:7 graze#6:2 Or to pasture his flock; also verse 3 in the gardens
and to gather #[ch. 2:1]lilies.
3 # ch. 2:16; 7:10 I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine;
he grazes among the lilies.
Solomon and His Bride Delight in Each Other
4You are beautiful as #See 1 Kgs. 14:17 Tirzah, #See ch. 1:15 my love,
# ch. 1:5 lovely as #Ps. 48:2; 50:2; Lam. 2:15; [Rev. 21:2] Jerusalem,
# ver. 10 awesome as an army with banners.
5Turn away your eyes from me,
for they overwhelm me—
# ch. 4:1 Your hair is like a flock of goats
leaping down the slopes of Gilead.
6 # ch. 4:2 Your teeth are like a flock of ewes
that have come up from the washing;
all of them bear twins;
not one among them has lost its young.
7 # ch. 4:3 Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate
behind your veil.
8There are #[ch. 3:7] sixty #[1 Kgs. 11:3] queens and eighty #[1 Kgs. 11:3] concubines,
and #Ps. 45:9, 14virgins without number.
9My #See ch. 2:14 dove, my #ch. 5:2 perfect one, is the only one,
the only one of her mother,
pure to #Prov. 17:25 her who bore her.
# [Gen. 30:13] The young women saw her and called her blessed;
# [See ver. 8 above] the queens and #[See ver. 8 above]concubines also, and they praised her.
10 # See ch. 3:6 “Who is this who looks down like the dawn,
beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun,
# ver. 4 awesome as an army with banners?”
11I went down to the nut orchard
to look at #[Job 8:11, 12] the blossoms of the valley,
# ch. 7:12 to see whether the vines had budded,
whether the pomegranates were in bloom.
12 # [Ps. 35:8; Prov. 5:6] Before I was aware, my desire set me
among #[2 Kgs. 2:12; 13:14]the chariots of my kinsman, a prince.#6:12 Or chariots of Ammi-Nadib
13 # 6:13 Ch 7:1 in Hebrew Return, return, O #[1 Kgs. 1:3; 2 Kgs. 4:12] Shulammite,
return, return, that we may look upon you.
Why should you look upon #[1 Kgs. 1:3; 2 Kgs. 4:12] the Shulammite,
as upon #[Judg. 21:21] a dance before #Gen. 32:2; 2 Sam. 17:24two armies?#6:13 Or dance of Mahanaim