How beautiful you are, my darling.
How very beautiful!
Behind your veil,
your eyes are doves. # Sg 1:15; 5:12
Your hair is like a flock of goats
streaming down Mount Gilead. # Sg 6:5
2Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn sheep
coming up from washing,
each one having a twin,
and not one missing. # Lit and no one bereaved among them # Sg 6:6
3Your lips are like a scarlet cord, # Jos 2:18
and your mouth # Or speech is lovely.
Behind your veil,
your brow # Or temple, or cheek, or lips is like a slice of pomegranate. # Sg 6:7
4Your neck is like the tower of David, # Sg 7:4
constructed in layers.
A thousand bucklers are hung on it —
all of them shields of warriors. # Perhaps describing the woman’s necklace
5Your breasts are like two fawns,
twins of a gazelle, # Sg 7:3 that feed among the lilies.
6Before the day breaks # Lit breathes
and the shadows flee, # Sg 2:17
I will make my way to the mountain of myrrh
and the hill of frankincense. # Sg 3:6; 4:14
7You are absolutely beautiful, # Sg 1:15; Eph 5:27 my darling,
with no imperfection in you.
8Come with me from Lebanon, # In Hb, the word for Lebanon is similar to “frankincense” in Sg 4:6,14,15. # 1Kg 4:33 my bride # Is 62:5 —
with me from Lebanon!
Descend from the peak of Amana,
from the summit of Senir and Hermon, # Dt 3:9; 1Ch 5:23
from the dens of the lions,
from the mountains of the leopards.
9You have captured my heart, # Sg 6:5; 7:5 my sister, # A term of endearment # Sg 5:1-2 my bride.
You have captured my heart with one glance of your eyes,
with one jewel of your necklace.
10How delightful your love is, my sister, my bride.
Your love is much better than wine, # Sg 1:2,4
and the fragrance of your perfume than any balsam.
11Your lips drip sweetness like the honeycomb, my bride. # Pr 5:3
Honey and milk # Ex 3:8,17; Nm 14:8; 16:13-14 are under your tongue.
The fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
12My sister, my bride, you are a locked garden —
a locked garden # Some Hb mss read locked fountain and a sealed spring. # 1Kg 21:8; Est 8:10; Jb 9:7
13Your branches are a paradise # Or park, or orchard of pomegranates
with choicest fruits, # Sg 7:13
henna with nard —
14nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, # Ex 30:23
with all the trees of frankincense, # Sg 4:6
myrrh and aloes, # Sg 3:6; Jn 19:39
with all the best spices.
15You are a garden spring,
a well of flowing water # Gn 26:19; Lv 14:5; Jr 2:13
streaming from Lebanon.
16Awaken, # Sg 2:7; 3:5; 8:4 north wind —
come, south wind.
Blow on my garden,
and spread the fragrance of its spices.
Let my love come to his garden
and eat its choicest fruits. # Sg 7:13