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Song of Songs 5 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:1 - He: I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Friends: Eat, friends, and drink; drink your fill of love.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:2 - She: I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My beloved is knocking: “Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night.”
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:3 - I have taken off my robe— must I put it on again? I have washed my feet— must I soil them again?
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:4 - My beloved thrust his hand through the latch-opening; my heart began to pound for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:5 - I arose to open for my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with flowing myrrh, on the handles of the bolt.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:6 - I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had left; he was gone. My heart sank at his departure.[fn] I looked for him but did not find him. I called him but he did not answer.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:7 - The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city. They beat me, they bruised me; they took away my cloak, those watchmen of the walls!
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:8 - Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you— if you find my beloved, what will you tell him? Tell him I am faint with love.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:9 - Friends: How is your beloved better than others, most beautiful of women? How is your beloved better than others, that you so charge us?
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:10 - She: My beloved is radiant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:11 - His head is purest gold; his hair is wavy and black as a raven.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:12 - His eyes are like doves by the water streams, washed in milk, mounted like jewels.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:13 - His cheeks are like beds of spice yielding perfume. His lips are like lilies dripping with myrrh.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:14 - His arms are rods of gold set with topaz. His body is like polished ivory decorated with lapis lazuli.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:15 - His legs are pillars of marble set on bases of pure gold. His appearance is like Lebanon, choice as its cedars.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:16 - His mouth is sweetness itself; he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, this is my friend, daughters of Jerusalem.
NIV Footnotes
Or heart had gone out to him when he spoke

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