I am a rose # Or meadow saffron # Not the modern flower but a common wildflower in northern Israel of Sharon,
a lily # Or lotus of the valleys. #Sg 5:13|NoBook| 7:2Hs 14:5
2Like a lily among thorns,
so is my darling among the young women.
3Like an apricot # Or apple tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my love among the young men.
I delight to sit in his shade,
and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
4He brought me to the banquet hall, # Lit the house of wine #Sg 1:4
and he looked on me with love. # Or and his banner over me is love #Ps 20:5
5Sustain me with raisins;
refresh me with apricots, # Or apples
for I am lovesick. #Sg 5:8
6His left hand is under my head,
and his right arm embraces me. # Or Let his left hand be under . . . and his right arm embrace me #Sg 8:3
7Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you
by the gazelles and the wild does of the field:
do not stir up or awaken love
until the appropriate time. # Lit until it pleases #Sg 3:5|NoBook| 5:8|NoBook| 8:4
8Listen! My love is approaching.
Look! Here he comes,
leaping over the mountains, #Is 52:7
bounding over the hills.
9My love is like a gazelle
or a young stag. #Sg 2:17|NoBook| 8:14
Look, he is standing behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattice.
10My love calls to me:
Arise, #Sg 2:13 my darling.
Come away, my beautiful one.
11For now the winter is past;
the rain has ended and gone away.
12The blossoms appear in the countryside.
The time of singing # Or pruning has come,
and the turtledove’s cooing is heard in our land. #Jr 8:7
13The fig tree ripens its figs; #Mt 24:32
the blossoming vines give off their fragrance. #Sg 7:12
Arise, my darling.
Come away, my beautiful one.
14My dove, #Sg 5:2|NoBook| 6:9 in the clefts of the rock, #Jr 48:28
in the crevices of the cliff,
let me see your face, # Or form
let me hear your voice; #Sg 8:13
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely. #Sg 1:5
15Catch the foxes for us #Ezk 13:4
the little foxes that ruin the vineyards —
for our vineyards are in bloom. #Sg 2:13
16My love is mine and I am his; #Sg 6:3|NoBook| 7:10|NoBook| 8:6
he feeds among the lilies.
17Before the day breaks # Lit breathes
and the shadows flee,
turn to me, my love, and be like a gazelle
or a young stag #Sg 2:9 on the divided mountains. # Or the Bether mountains, or the mountains of spices ; Hb obscure #Sg 4:5-6|NoBook| 8:14

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