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; 7:2; Hs 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; 5:8; 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; 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; 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; 7:10; 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; 8:14

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