Song of Solomon

Y Where has your love gone,

most beautiful of women?

Which way has he[a] turned?

We will seek him with you.

W My love has gone down to his garden,

to beds of spice,

to feed in the gardens

and gather lilies.

I am my love’s and my love is mine;

he feeds among the lilies.

M You are as beautiful as Tirzah,[b] my darling,

lovely as Jerusalem,

awe-inspiring as an army with banners.

Turn your eyes away from me,

for they captivate me.

Your hair is like a flock of goats

streaming down from Gilead.

Your teeth are like a flock of ewes

coming up from washing,

each one having a twin,

and not one missing.[c]

Behind your veil,

your brow[d] is like a slice of pomegranate.

There are 60 queens

and 80 concubines

and young women[e] without number.

But my dove, my virtuous one, is unique;

she is the favorite of her mother,

perfect to the one who gave her birth.

Women see her and declare her fortunate;

queens and concubines also, and they sing her praises:

10 Y[f] Who is this[g] who shines like the dawn—

as beautiful as the moon,

bright as the sun,

awe-inspiring as an army with banners?

11 W I came down to the walnut grove

to see the blossoms of the valley,

to see if the vines were budding

and the pomegranates blooming.

12 Before I knew it,

my desire put me

among the chariots of my noble people.[h]

13 [i]Y Come back, come back, Shulammite![j][k]

Come back, come back, that we may look at you!

M Why are you looking at the Shulammite,

as you look at the dance of the two camps?[l]

Footnotes

  1. Song of Solomon 6:1 Lit your love
  2. Song of Solomon 6:4 = a mountain city in Manasseh
  3. Song of Solomon 6:6 Lit and no one bereaved among them
  4. Song of Solomon 6:7 Or temple, or cheek, or lips
  5. Song of Solomon 6:8 Or and virgins; Sg 1:3
  6. Song of Solomon 6:10 Some see v. 10 as spoken by M.
  7. Song of Solomon 6:10 In Hb, the word for “this” is feminine.
  8. Song of Solomon 6:12 Or of Amminadib, or of my people of a prince; Hb obscure
  9. Song of Solomon 6:13 Sg 7:1 in Hb
  10. Song of Solomon 6:13 Or the peaceable one
  11. Song of Solomon 6:13 Perhaps an inhabitant of the town of Shunem, or a feminine form of Solomon’s name
  12. Song of Solomon 6:13 Or dance of Mahanaim