Bible: Son 7

7:1 The Lover to His Beloved:

How beautiful are your sandaled 1  feet,

O nobleman’s daughter! 2 

The curves 3  of your thighs 4  are like jewels,

the work of the hands of a master craftsman.

7:2 Your navel 5  is a round mixing bowl 6 

may it never lack 7  mixed wine! 8 

Your belly 9  is a mound of wheat,

encircled 10  by lilies.

7:3 Your two breasts are like two fawns,

twins of a gazelle.

7:4 Your neck is like a tower made of ivory. 11 

Your eyes are the pools in Heshbon

by the gate of Bath-Rabbim. 12 

Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon

overlooking Damascus.

7:5 Your head crowns 13  you like Mount Carmel. 14 

The locks of your hair 15  are like royal tapestries 16 

the king is held captive 17  in its tresses!

7:6 How beautiful you are! How lovely,

O love, 18  with your delights! 19 

The Palm Tree and the Palm Tree Climber

7:7 The Lover to His Beloved:

Your stature 20  is like a palm tree, 21 

and your breasts are like clusters of grapes. 22 

7:8 I want 23  to climb the palm tree, 24 

and take hold of its fruit stalks.

May your breasts be like the clusters of grapes, 25 

and may the fragrance of your breath be like apricots! 26 

7:9 May your mouth 27  be like the best wine,

flowing smoothly for my beloved,

gliding gently over our lips as we sleep together. 28 

Poetic Refrain: Mutual Possession

7:10 The Beloved about Her Lover:

I am my beloved’s,

and he desires me! 29 

The Journey to the Countryside

7:11 The Beloved to Her Lover:

Come, my beloved, let us go to the countryside;

let us spend the night in the villages.

7:12 Let us rise early to go to the vineyards,

to see if the vines have budded,

to see if their blossoms have opened,

if the pomegranates are in bloom

there I will give you my love.

7:13 The mandrakes 30  send out their fragrance;

over our door is every delicacy, 31 

both new and old, which I have stored up for you, my lover.

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