Bible: Song of Songs 2:8-17

The Arrival of the Lover

2:8 The Beloved about Her Lover:

Listen! 1  My lover is approaching! 2 

Look! 3  Here he comes,

leaping over the mountains,

bounding over the hills!

2:9 My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag. 4 

Look! There he stands behind our wall,

gazing through the window,

peering through the lattice.

The Season of Love and the Song of the Turtle-Dove

2:10 The Lover to His Beloved:

My lover spoke to me, saying:

“Arise, my darling;

My beautiful one, come away with me!

2:11 Look! The winter has passed,

the winter rains are over and gone.

2:12 The pomegranates have appeared 5  in the land,

the time for pruning and singing 6  has come;

the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

2:13 The fig tree has budded,

the vines have blossomed and give off their fragrance.

Arise, come away my darling;

my beautiful one, come away with me!

The Dove in the Clefts of En-Gedi

2:14 The Lover to His Beloved:

O my dove, 7  in the clefts of the rock,

in the hiding places of the mountain crags,

let me see your face,

let me hear your voice;

for your voice is sweet,

and your face is lovely.

The Foxes in the Vineyard

2:15 The Beloved to Her Lover:

Catch 8  the foxes 9  for us,

the little foxes, 10 

that ruin the vineyards 11 

for our vineyard is in bloom.

Poetic Refrain: Mutual Possession

2:16 The Beloved about Her Lover:

My lover is mine and I am his;

he grazes among the lilies. 12 

The Gazelle and the Rugged Mountains

2:17 The Beloved to Her Lover:

Until the dawn arrives 13  and the shadows flee,

turn, 14  my beloved

be like a gazelle or a young stag

on the mountain gorges. 15 

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