Where has your love gone,
most beautiful of women?
Which way has he # Lit your love turned?
We will seek him with you.
2My love has gone down to his garden, # Sg 4:16; 5:1
to beds of spice, # Sg 5:13
to feed in the gardens # Sg 1:7
and gather lilies. # Sg 2:1
3I am my love’s and my love is mine; # Sg 2:16; 7:10; 8:6
he feeds among the lilies.
4You are as beautiful as Tirzah, # = a mountain city in Manasseh my darling,
lovely as Jerusalem,
awe-inspiring as an army with banners. # Nm 2:2-3; Sg 6:10
5Turn your eyes away from me,
for they captivate me. # Sg 4:9
Your hair is like a flock of goats
streaming down from Gilead. # Sg 4:1
6Your teeth are like a flock of ewes
coming up from washing,
each one having a twin,
and not one missing. # Lit and no one bereaved among them # Sg 4:2
7Behind your veil, # Sg 4:3
your brow # Or temple, or cheek, or lips is like a slice of pomegranate.
8There are 60 queens
and 80 concubines # 1Kg 11:3
and young women # Or and virgins ; Sg 1:3 without number.
9But my dove, # Sg 2:14; 5:2 my virtuous one, is unique; # Pr 31:29
she is the favorite of her mother,
perfect to the one who gave her birth.
Women see her and declare her fortunate; # Gn 30:13
queens and concubines also, and they sing her praises:
Y # Some see v. 10 as spoken by M.
10Who is this # In Hb, the word for “this” is feminine. # Sg 3:6; 8:5 who shines like the dawn —
as beautiful as the moon,
bright as the sun,
awe-inspiring as an army with banners? # Sg 6:4
11I came down to the walnut grove
to see the blossoms of the valley,
to see if the vines were budding # Sg 7:12
and the pomegranates blooming.
12Before I knew it,
my desire put me
among the chariots of my noble people. # Or of Amminadib, or of my people of a prince ; Hb obscure
13# Sg 7:1 in HbCome back, come back, Shulammite! # Or the peaceable one # Perhaps an inhabitant of the town of Shunem, or a feminine form of Solomon’s name
Come back, come back, that we may look at you!
Why are you looking at the Shulammite,
as you look at the dance # Jdg 21:21 of the two camps? # Or dance of Mahanaim # Gn 32:2; 2Sm 17:24