The Bible in Its Traditions

Song of Solomon 4:1–16

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Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thine eyes are as doves behind thy veil; thy hair is as a flock of goats, that trail down from mount Gilead.

How beautiful you are, my love, how beautiful you are! Your eyes are those of a dove, except for what is hidden within. Your hair is like flocks of goats, which ascend along the mountain of Gilead.

BEHOLD, you are beautiful, my beloved; behold, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves' eyes behind your veil; your hair is like a flock of goats, which come up from mount Gilead.

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Thy teeth are like a flock of ewes all shaped alike, which are come up from the washing; whereof all are paired, and none faileth among them.

Thy teeth are as flocks of shorn sheep, that have gone up from the washing; all of them bearing twins, and there is not a barren one among them.

Your teeth are like flocks of shorn sheep, which ascend from the washing, each one with its identical twin, and not one among them is barren.

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Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy mouth is comely; thy temples are like a pomegranate split open behind thy veil.

Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon, and your eloquence is sweetness. Like a piece of pomegranate, so are your cheeks, except for what is hidden within.

Your lips are like a thread of scarlet, and your speech is comely like the first flowers of the pomegranate.

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Thy neck is like the tower of David builded with turrets, whereon there hang a thousand shields, all the armour of the mighty men.

Your neck is like the tower of David, which was built with ramparts: a thousand shields are hanging from it, all the armor of the strong.

Thy two breasts are like two fawns that are twins of a gazelle, which feed among the lilies.

Your two breasts are like two young does, twins that pasture among the lilies.

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Until the day breathe, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.

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Thou art all fair, my love; and there is no spot in thee.

You are totally beautiful, my love, and there is no blemish in you.

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Come with me from Lebanon, my bride, with me from Lebanon; look from the top of Amana, from the top of Senir and Hermon, from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards.

Come from Libanus, my bride, come from Libanus: thou shalt come and pass from the top of Faith, from the top of Sanir and Hermon, from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards.

Advance from Lebanon, my spouse, advance from Lebanon, advance. You shall be crowned at the head of Amana, near the summit of Senir and Hermon, by the dens of lions, by the mountains of leopards.

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Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my bride; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one bead of thy necklace.

You have wounded my heart, my sister, my spouse. You have wounded my heart with one look of your eyes, and with one lock of hair on your neck.

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10  How fair is thy love, my sister, my bride! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all manner of spices!

10  How beautiful are thy breasts, my sister, my spouse! how much more beautiful are thy breasts than wine, and the smell of thy garments than all spices!

10  How beautiful are your breasts, my sister, my spouse! Your breasts are more beautiful than wine, and the fragrance of your ointments is above all aromatic oils.

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11  Thy lips, O my bride, drop honey--honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.

11  Your lips, my spouse, are a dripping honeycomb; honey and milk are under your tongue. And the fragrance of your garments is like the odor of frankincense.

11  Your lips drop as the honeycomb; honey and milk are under your tongue; and the fragrance of your garments is like the perfume of Lebanon.

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12  A garden shut up is my sister, my bride; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

12  My sister, my spouse is a garden enclosed; a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed.

12  A garden enclosed is my sister, my bride; yea, a garden guarded, a fountain sealed.

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13  Thy shoots are a park of pomegranates, with precious fruits; henna with spikenard plants,

13  You send forth a paradise of pomegranates along with the fruits of the orchard: Cypress grapes, with aromatic oil;

13  Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; henna-flower with spikenard.

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14  Spikenard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices.

14  aromatic oil and saffron; sweet cane and cinnamon, with all the trees of Lebanon; myrrh and aloe, with all the best ointments.

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15  Thou art a fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and flowing streams from Lebanon.

15  a fountain of a garden, and a well of water springing and gurgling from Libanus.

15  The fountain of the gardens is a well of living waters, which flow forcefully from Lebanon.

16  Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his precious fruits.

16  Awake, O north wind; and come, O south; and blow through my garden, and let my spices flow out.

16  Rise up, north wind, and advance, south wind. Send a breeze through my garden, and carry its aromatic scents.