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Song of Songs 5 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Together in the Garden of Love

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:1 - He
I came to my garden, my sister, my bride,
I gathered my myrrh with my spice,
I ate my honeycomb with my honey,
I drank my wine with my milk.

Eat, friends, drink,
and be drunk with love!

The Bride Searches for Her Beloved

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I slept, but my heart was awake.
A sound! My beloved is knocking.
“Open to me, my sister, my love,
my dove, my perfect one,
for my head is wet with dew,
my locks with the drops of the night.”
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:3 - I had put off my garment;
how could I put it on?
I had bathed my feet;
how could I soil them?
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:4 - My beloved put his hand to the latch,
and my heart was thrilled within me.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:5 - I arose to open to my beloved,
and my hands dripped with myrrh,
my fingers with liquid myrrh,
on the handles of the bolt.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:6 - I opened to my beloved,
but my beloved had turned and gone.
My soul failed me when he spoke.
I sought him, but found him not;
I called him, but he gave no answer.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:7 - The watchmen found me
as they went about in the city;
they beat me, they bruised me,
they took away my veil,
those watchmen of the walls.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:8 - I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
if you find my beloved,
that you tell him
I am sick with love.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:9 - Others
What is your beloved more than another beloved,
O most beautiful among women?
What is your beloved more than another beloved,
that you thus adjure us?

The Bride Praises Her Beloved

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My beloved is radiant and ruddy,
distinguished among ten thousand.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:11 - His head is the finest gold;
his locks are wavy,
black as a raven.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:12 - His eyes are like doves
beside streams of water,
bathed in milk,
sitting beside a full pool.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:13 - His cheeks are like beds of spices,
mounds of sweet-smelling herbs.
His lips are lilies,
dripping liquid myrrh.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:14 - His arms are rods of gold,
set with jewels.
His body is polished ivory,[fn]
bedecked with sapphires.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:15 - His legs are alabaster columns,
set on bases of gold.
His appearance is like Lebanon,
choice as the cedars.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:16 - His mouth[fn] is most sweet,
and he is altogether desirable.
This is my beloved and this is my friend,
O daughters of Jerusalem.
ESV Footnotes
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
Hebrew lapis lazuli
Hebrew palate

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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