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Song of Songs 2 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:1 - She[fn]: I am a rose[fn] of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:2 - He: Like a lily among thorns is my darling among the young women.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:3 - She: Like an apple[fn] tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:4 - Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:5 - Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:6 - His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:7 - Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:8 - Listen! My beloved! Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:9 - My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look! There he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:10 - My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:11 - See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:12 - Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:13 - The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:14 - He: My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:15 - Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:16 - She: My beloved is mine and I am his; he browses among the lilies.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:17 - Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the rugged hills.[fn]
NIV Footnotes
Or He
Probably a member of the crocus family
Or possibly apricot; here and elsewhere in Song of Songs
Or the hills of Bether

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