Song of Solomon 5 King James Version

5 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, [1] O beloved.

The Distress of Separation

2  I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. 3  I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? 4  My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him. [2] 5  I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock. 6  I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer. 7  The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me. 8  I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.

The Bride Praises the Bridegroom

9  What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us? 10  My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest [3] among ten thousand. 11  His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, [4] and black as a raven. 12  His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set. 13  His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: [5] his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh. 14  His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires. 15  His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. 16  His mouth [6] is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

Footnotes

[1] 5:1 yea...: or, and be drunken with loves

[2] 5:4 for him: or, (as some read) in me

[3] 5:10 the chiefest: Heb. a standard bearer

[4] 5:11 bushy: or, curled

[5] 5:13 sweet flowers: or, towers of perfumes

[6] 5:16 mouth: Heb. palate

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