September 23, 2007

Song of Solomon 6-8

From today's Bible reading:

Song of Solomon 6

I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine;
he grazes among the lilies.

You are beautiful as Tirzah, my love,
lovely as Jerusalem,
awesome as an army with banners.

Turn away your eyes from me,
for they overwhelm me

My dove, my perfect one, is the only one,
the only one of her mother,
pure to her who bore her.

Who is this who looks down like the dawn,
beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun,
awesome as an army with banners?

Song of Solomon 7:

Your stature is like a palm tree,
and your breasts are like its clusters.
I say I will climb the palm tree
and lay hold of its fruit.

I am my beloved's,
and his desire is for me.

Come, my beloved,
let us go out into the fields
and lodge in the villages;
let us go out early to the vineyards
and see whether the vines have budded,
whether the grape blossoms have opened
and the pomegranates are in bloom.

There I will give you my love.

The mandrakes give forth fragrance,
and beside our doors are all choice fruits,
new as well as old,
which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.

Song of Solomon 8:

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.

Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.

If a man offered for love
all the wealth of his house,
he would be utterly despised.

Make haste, my beloved,
and be like a gazelle
or a young stag
on the mountains of spices.

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