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Song of Songs 2 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:1 - I am a rose[fn] of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:2 - He
As a lily among brambles,
so is my love among the young women.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:3 - She
As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my beloved among the young men.
With great delight I sat in his shadow,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:4 - He brought me to the banqueting house,[fn]
and his banner over me was love.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:5 - Sustain me with raisins;
refresh me with apples,
for I am sick with love.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:6 - His left hand is under my head,
and his right hand embraces me!
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:7 - I adjure you,[fn] O daughters of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles or the does of the field,
that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.

The Bride Adores Her Beloved

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:8 - The voice of my beloved!
Behold, he comes,
leaping over the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:9 - My beloved is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Behold, there he stands
behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
looking through the lattice.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:10 - My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:11 - for behold, the winter is past;
the rain is over and gone.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:12 - The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing[fn] has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:13 - The fig tree ripens its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:14 - O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
in the crannies of the cliff,
let me see your face,
let me hear your voice,
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:15 - Catch the foxes[fn] for us,
the little foxes
that spoil the vineyards,
for our vineyards are in blossom.”
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:16 - My beloved is mine, and I am his;
he grazes[fn] among the lilies.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:17 - Until the day breathes
and the shadows flee,
turn, my beloved, be like a gazelle
or a young stag on cleft mountains.[fn]
ESV Footnotes
Probably a bulb, such as a crocus, asphodel, or narcissus
Hebrew the house of wine
That is, I put you on oath; so throughout the Song
Or pruning
Or jackals
Or he pastures his flock
Or mountains of Bether

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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