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1 'Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? Whither hath thy beloved turned him, that we may seek him with thee?'
Sg5:17 Whither is thy kinsman gone, thou beautiful among women? whither has thy kinsman turned aside? tell us, and we will seek him with thee.
Sg5:17 Where has your beloved gone, O most beautiful among women? To where has your beloved turned aside, so that we may seek him with you?
2 'My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
2 My beloved has descended to his garden, to the courtyard of aromatic plants, in order to pasture in the gardens and gather the lilies.
3 I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine, that feedeth among the lilies.'
3 I am my kinsman’s, and my kinsman is mine, who feeds among the lilies.
3 I am for my beloved, and my beloved is for me. He pastures among the lilies.
4 Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners.
4 My love, you are beautiful: sweet and graceful, like Jerusalem; terrible, like an army in battle array.
4 You are beautiful and desirable, O my beloved, comely as Jerusalem, and esteemed as one chosen among beauties.
5 Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me. Thy hair is as a flock of goats, that trail down from Gilead.
5 Avert your eyes from me, for they have caused me fly away. Your hair is like a flock of goats, which have appeared out of Gilead.
5 Turn away your eyes from me, for they have overcome me; your hair is like a flock of goats which come up from the mount of Gilead.
6 Thy teeth are like a flock of ewes, which are come up from the washing; whereof all are paired, and none faileth among them.
6 Thy teeth are as flocks of shorn sheep, that have gone up from the washing, all of them bearing twins, and there is none barren among them: thy lips are as a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely.
6 Your teeth are like a flock of sheep, which have ascended from the washing, each one with its identical twin, and not one among them is barren.
7 Thy temples are like a pomegranate split open behind thy veil.
7 Like the skin of a pomegranate, so are your cheeks, except for your hiddenness.
7 Your cheeks, behind your veil, are like two pieces of pomegranate.
8 There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and maidens without number.
8 There are sixty queens, and eighty concubines, and maidens without number.
9 My dove, my undefiled, is but one; she is the only one of her mother; she is the choice one of her that bore her. The daughters saw her, and called her happy; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.
9 One is my dove, my perfect one. One is her mother; elect is she who bore her. The daughters saw her, and they proclaimed her most blessed. The queens and concubines saw her, and they praised her.
9 My perfect dove is but one; she is the only one of her mother; she is the choice one of her that bore her. The daughters saw her and praised her; yea, the queens and the concubines also praised her.
10 Who is she that looketh forth as the dawn, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, terrible as an army with banners?
10 Who is she, who advances like the rising dawn, as beautiful as the moon, as elect as the sun, as terrible as an army in battle array?
11 I went down into the garden of nuts, to look at the green plants of the valley, to see whether the vine budded, and the pomegranates were in flower.
11 I went down to the garden of nuts, to look at the fruits of the valley, to see if the vine flowered, if the pomegranates blossomed.
11 I descended to the garden of nuts, in order to see the fruits of the steep valleys, and to examine whether the vineyard had flourished and the pomegranates had produced buds.
12 Before I was aware, my soul set me upon the chariots of my princely people.
12 There I will give thee my breasts: my soul knew it not: it made me as the chariots of Aminadab.
12 And being unfamiliar with the place, I sat in the public chariot which was ready.
13 Return, return, O Shulammite; Return, return, that we may look upon thee. What will ye see in the Shulammite? As it were a dance of two companies.
13 Return, return, O Sulamitess. Return, return, so that we may consider you.
1 What will you see in the Sulamitess, other than choruses of encampments?