September 22, 2007

Song of Solomon 4-5

From today's Bible reading:

Song of Solomon 4:

Behold, you are beautiful, my love,
behold, you are beautiful!

Until the day breathes
and the shadows flee,
I will go away to the mountain of myrrh
and the hill of frankincense.

You are altogether beautiful, my love;
there is no flaw in you.

You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride;
you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes,
with one jewel of your necklace.

How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride!

How much better is your love than wine,
and the fragrance of your oils than any spice!

A garden locked is my sister, my bride,
a spring locked, a fountain sealed.

Awake, O north wind,
and come, O south wind!
Blow upon my garden,
let its spices flow.

Let my beloved come to his garden,
and eat its choicest fruits.

Song of Solomon 5:

I came to my garden, my sister, my bride,
I gathered my myrrh with my spice,
I ate my honeycomb with my honey,
I drank my wine with my milk.

Eat, friends, drink,
and be drunk with love!

I slept, but my heart was awake.
A sound! My beloved is knocking.

Open to me, my sister, my love,
my dove, my perfect one,
for my head is wet with dew,
my locks with the drops of the night.

My beloved put his hand to the latch,
and my heart was thrilled within me.

My beloved is radiant and ruddy,
distinguished among ten thousand.
His head is the finest gold;
his locks are wavy,
black as a raven.

His mouth is most sweet,
and he is altogether desirable.
This is my beloved and this is my friend,
O daughters of Jerusalem.

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