Groom’s Praise of His Bride
1Oh my!#Literally “Behold!” Or “Look!” You are beautiful, my beloved!
Oh my!#Literally “Behold!” Or “Look!” You are beautiful!
Your eyes are doves
from behind your veil.
Your hair is like a flock of goats
that move down from the mountains of Gilead.
2Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes
that came up from the washing,
all of them bearing twins,
and there is none bereaved among them.
3Your lips are like a thread of crimson,
and your mouth is lovely.
Your temple is like pomegranate
from behind your veil.
4Your neck is like the tower of David,
built in courses;
a thousand ornaments#Literally “shields” are hung on it,
all the shields of the warriors.
5Your two breasts are like two fawns,
twins of a gazelle that feed among the lilies.
6Until the day breathes and the shadows flee,
I will go to the mountain of the myrrh,
to the hill of the frankincense.
7You are completely beautiful, my beloved!
You are flawless!#Literally “There is no flaw in you!”
The Mountains and Fragrance of Lebanon
8Come#Or “You must come” with me from Lebanon, my bride!
Come with me#Or “With me” from Lebanon!
Look from the top of Amana,
from the top of Senir and Hermon,
from the dwelling places of the lions,
from the mountains of leopard.
9You have stolen (my) heart, my sister bride!
You have stolen my heart with one glance from your eyes,
with one ornament from your necklaces.
10How beautiful is your love, my sister bride!
How better is your love than wine,
and the fragrance of your oils than any spice!
11Your lips drip nectar, my bride;
honey and milk are under your lips;
the scent of your garments is like the scent of Lebanon.
The Locked Garden of Delights Is Unlocked
12A garden locked is my sister bride,
a spring enclosed,#Or “a source locked” a fountain sealed.
13Your shoots#Or “your channel” are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruit,#Literally “fruit of choice things”
henna with nard;
14nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon spice with all trees of frankincense,
myrrh and aloes with all chief spices.
15A garden fountain, a well of living water,
flowing (streams) from Lebanon.
16Awake, O north wind! Come, O south wind!
Blow upon my garden! Let its fragrances#Or “perfumes” waft forth!#Or “His perfumes can waft down”
Let my beloved come to his garden,
let him eat his choice fruit!