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Song of Songs 4 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Unchecked Copy BoxSng 4:1 -

How beautiful you are, my darling.

How very beautiful!

Behind your veil,

your eyes are doves.

Your hair is like a flock of goats

streaming down Mount Gilead.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 4:2 -

Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn sheep

coming up from washing,

each one bearing twins,

and none has lost its young.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 4:3 -

Your lips are like a scarlet cord,

and your mouth[fn] is lovely.

Behind your veil,

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

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 4:4 -

Your neck is like the tower of David,

constructed in layers.

A thousand shields are hung on it —

all of them shields of warriors.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 4:5 -

Your breasts are like two fawns,

twins of a gazelle, that feed among the lilies.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 4:6 -

Until the day breaks[fn]

and the shadows flee,

I will make my way to the mountain of myrrh

and the hill of frankincense.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 4:7 -

You are absolutely beautiful, my darling;

there is no imperfection in you.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 4:8 -

Come with me from Lebanon,[fn] my bride;

come with me from Lebanon!

Descend from the peak of Amana,

from the summit of Senir and Hermon,

from the dens of the lions,

from the mountains of the leopards.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 4:9 -

You have captured my heart, my sister, my bride.

You have captured my heart with one glance of your eyes,

with one jewel of your necklace.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 4:10 -

How delightful your caresses are, my sister, my bride.

Your caresses are much better than wine,

and the fragrance of your perfume than any balsam.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 4:11 -

Your lips drip sweetness like the honeycomb, my bride.

Honey and milk are under your tongue.

The fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 4:12 -

My sister, my bride, you are a locked garden —

a locked garden[fn] and a sealed spring.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 4:13 -

Your branches are a paradise[fn] of pomegranates

with choicest fruits;

henna with nard,

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 4:14 -

nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon,

with all the trees of frankincense,

myrrh and aloes,

with all the best spices.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 4:15 -

You are a garden spring,

a well of flowing water

streaming from Lebanon.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 4:16 -

Awaken, 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.

CSB Footnotes
Lit and no one bereaved among them
Or speech
Or temple, or cheek, or lips
Lit breathes
In Hb, the word for Lebanon is similar to “frankincense” in Sg 4:6,14,15.
Some Hb mss read locked fountain
Or park, or orchard

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For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

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