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Song of Songs 2 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:1 - Young Woman
I am the spring crocus blooming on the Sharon Plain,[fn]
the lily of the valley.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:2 - Young Man
Like a lily among thistles
is my darling among young women.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:3 - Young Woman
Like the finest apple tree in the orchard
is my lover among other young men.
I sit in his delightful shade
and taste his delicious fruit.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:4 - He escorts me to the banquet hall;
it’s obvious how much he loves me.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:5 - Strengthen me with raisin cakes,
refresh me with apples,
for I am weak 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 - Promise me, O women of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles and wild deer,
not to awaken love until the time is right.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:8 - Ah, I hear my lover coming!
He is leaping over the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:9 - My lover is like a swift gazelle
or a young stag.
Look, there he is behind the wall,
looking through the window,
peering into the room.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:10 - My lover said to me,
“Rise up, my darling!
Come away with me, my fair one!
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:11 - Look, the winter is past,
and the rains are over and gone.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:12 - The flowers are springing up,
the season of singing birds[fn] has come,
and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:13 - The fig trees are forming young fruit,
and the fragrant grapevines are blossoming.
Rise up, my darling!
Come away with me, my fair one!”
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:14 - Young Man
My dove is hiding behind the rocks,
behind an outcrop on the cliff.
Let me see your face;
let me hear your voice.
For your voice is pleasant,
and your face is lovely.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:15 - Young Women of Jerusalem
Catch all the foxes,
those little foxes,
before they ruin the vineyard of love,
for the grapevines are blossoming!
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:16 - Young Woman
My lover is mine, and I am his.
He browses among the lilies.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:17 - Before the dawn breezes blow
and the night shadows flee,
return to me, my love, like a gazelle
or a young stag on the rugged mountains.[fn]
NLT Footnotes
Traditionally rendered I am the rose of Sharon. Sharon Plain is a region in the coastal plain of Palestine.
Or not to awaken love until it is ready.
Or the season of pruning vines.
Or on the hills of Bether.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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