Bible: Son 12
The Desire for Love
1:2 The Beloved to Her Lover: 4
The Maidens 24 to the Lover:
we will praise 27 your love more than wine.
The Beloved to Her Lover:
The Country Maiden and the Daughters of Jerusalem
1:5 The Beloved to the Maidens:
I am dark but lovely, O maidens 30 of Jerusalem,
1:6 Do not stare at me because 36 I am dark,
they made me the keeper of the vineyards.
The Shepherd and the Shepherdess
1:7 The Beloved to Her Lover:
Tell me, O you whom my heart 43 loves,
where do you pasture your sheep?
Where do you rest your sheep during the midday heat?
beside the flocks of your companions!
1:8 The Lover to His Beloved:
If you do not know, O most beautiful of women,
simply follow the tracks of my flock,
and pasture your little lambs
beside the tents of the shepherds.
The Beautiful Mare and the Fragrant Myrrh
1:9 The Lover to His Beloved:
among Pharaoh’s stallions. 49
1:10 Your cheeks are beautiful with ornaments;
your neck is lovely 50 with strings of jewels.
1:11 We 51 will make for you gold ornaments
studded with silver. 52
1:12 The Beloved about Her Lover:
While the king was at his banqueting table, 53
1:13 My beloved is like a fragrant pouch of myrrh 56
spending the night 57 between my breasts.
1:14 My beloved is like a cluster of henna blossoms 58
in the vineyards of En-Gedi. 59
Mutual Praise and Admiration
1:15 The Lover to His Beloved:
Oh, how beautiful you are!
1:16 The Beloved to Her Lover:
Oh, how handsome you are, my lover! 64
1:17 the cedars are the beams of our bedroom chamber;
the pines are the rafters of our bedroom.