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Song of Songs 5 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:1 -

I have come to my garden ​— ​my sister, my bride.

I gather[fn] my myrrh with my spices.

I eat my honeycomb with my honey.

I drink my wine with my milk.

Eat, friends!

Drink, be intoxicated with caresses![fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:2 -

I was sleeping, but my heart was awake.

A sound! My love was knocking!

Open to me, my sister, my darling,

my dove, my perfect one.

For my head is drenched with dew,

my hair with droplets of the night.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:3 -

I have taken off my clothing.

How can I put it back on?

I have washed my feet.

How can I get them dirty?

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:4 -

My love thrust his hand through the opening,

and my feelings were stirred for him.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:5 -

I rose to open for my love.

My hands dripped with myrrh,

my fingers with flowing myrrh

on the handles of the bolt.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:6 -

I opened to my love,

but my love had turned and gone away.

My heart sank[fn] because he had left.[fn]

I sought him, but did not find him.

I called him, but he did not answer.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:7 -

The guards who go about the city found me.

They beat and wounded me;

they took my cloak[fn] from me —

the guardians of the walls.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:8 -

Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you,

if you find my love,

tell him that I am lovesick.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:9 -

What makes the one you love better than another,

most beautiful of women?

What makes him better than another,

that you would give us this charge?

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:10 -

My love is fit and strong,[fn]

notable among ten thousand.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:11 -

His head is purest gold.

His hair is wavy[fn]

and black as a raven.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:12 -

His eyes are like doves

beside flowing streams,

washed in milk

and set like jewels.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:13 -

His cheeks are like beds of spice,

mounds of[fn] perfume.

His lips are lilies,

dripping with flowing myrrh.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:14 -

His arms[fn] are rods of gold

set[fn] with beryl.

His body[fn] is an ivory panel

covered with lapis lazuli.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:15 -

His legs are alabaster pillars

set on pedestals of pure gold.

His presence is like Lebanon,

as majestic as the cedars.

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His mouth is sweetness.

He is absolutely desirable.

This is my love, and this is my friend,

young women of Jerusalem.

CSB Footnotes
Lit pluck
Or Drink your fill, lovers
Lit My soul went out
Or spoken
Or veil, or shawl
Or is radiant and ruddy
Or is like palm leaves ; Hb obscure
Lit milk sitting in fullness
LXX, Vg read spice, yielding
Lit hands
Lit filled ; Sg 5:2,12
Lit abdomen

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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

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