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Song of Solomon 5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

M I have come to my garden—my sister, my bride.
I gather[a] my myrrh with my spices.
I eat my honeycomb with my honey.
I drink my wine with my milk.

N Eat, friends!
Drink, be intoxicated with love![b]

W I sleep, but my heart is awake.
A sound! My love is knocking!

M Open to me, my sister, my darling,
my dove, my perfect one.
For my head is drenched with dew,
my hair with droplets of the night.

W I have taken off my clothing.
How can I put it back on?
I have washed my feet.
How can I get them dirty?
My love thrust his hand through the opening,
and my feelings were stirred for him.
I rose to open for my love.
My hands dripped with myrrh,
my fingers with flowing myrrh
on the handles of the bolt.
I opened to my love,
but my love had turned and gone away.
I was crushed[c] that he had left.[d]
I sought him, but did not find him.
I called him, but he did not answer.
The guards who go about the city found me.
They beat and wounded me;
they took my cloak[e] from me—
the guardians of the walls.
Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you:
if you find my love,
tell him that I am lovesick.

Y What makes the one you love better than another,
most beautiful of women?
What makes him better than another,
that you would give us this charge?

10 W My love is fit and strong,[f]
notable among ten thousand.
11 His head is purest gold.
His hair is wavy[g]
and black as a raven.
12 His eyes are like doves
beside streams of water,
washed in milk
and set like jewels.[h]
13 His cheeks are like beds of spice,
towers of[i] perfume.
His lips are lilies,
dripping with flowing myrrh.
14 His arms[j] are rods of gold
set[k] with topaz.[l]
His body[m] is an ivory panel
covered with sapphires.
15 His legs are alabaster pillars
set on pedestals of pure gold.
His presence is like Lebanon,
as majestic as the cedars.
16 His mouth is sweetness.
He is absolutely desirable.
This is my love, and this is my friend,
young women of Jerusalem.

Footnotes:

  1. Song of Solomon 5:1 Lit pluck
  2. Song of Solomon 5:1 Or Drink your fill, lovers
  3. Song of Solomon 5:6 Lit My soul went out
  4. Song of Solomon 5:6 Or spoken
  5. Song of Solomon 5:7 Or veil, or shawl
  6. Song of Solomon 5:10 Or is radiant and ruddy
  7. Song of Solomon 5:11 Or is [like] palm leaves; Hb obscure
  8. Song of Solomon 5:12 Lit milk sitting in fullness
  9. Song of Solomon 5:13 LXX, Vg read spice, yielding
  10. Song of Solomon 5:14 Lit hands
  11. Song of Solomon 5:14 Lit filled; Sg 5:2,12
  12. Song of Solomon 5:14 Probably yellow topaz
  13. Song of Solomon 5:14 Lit abdomen

Song of Songs 5 New International Version (NIV)

He

I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride;
    I have gathered my myrrh with my spice.
I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey;
    I have drunk my wine and my milk.

Friends

Eat, friends, and drink;
    drink your fill of love.

She

I slept but my heart was awake.
    Listen! My beloved is knocking:
“Open to me, my sister, my darling,
    my dove, my flawless one.
My head is drenched with dew,
    my hair with the dampness of the night.”
I have taken off my robe—
    must I put it on again?
I have washed my feet—
    must I soil them again?
My beloved thrust his hand through the latch-opening;
    my heart began to pound for him.
I arose to open for my beloved,
    and my hands dripped with myrrh,
my fingers with flowing myrrh,
    on the handles of the bolt.
I opened for my beloved,
    but my beloved had left; he was gone.
    My heart sank at his departure.[a]
I looked for him but did not find him.
    I called him but he did not answer.
The watchmen found me
    as they made their rounds in the city.
They beat me, they bruised me;
    they took away my cloak,
    those watchmen of the walls!
Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you
    if you find my beloved,
what will you tell him?
    Tell him I am faint with love.

Friends

How is your beloved better than others,
    most beautiful of women?
How is your beloved better than others,
    that you so charge us?

She

10 My beloved is radiant and ruddy,
    outstanding among ten thousand.
11 His head is purest gold;
    his hair is wavy
    and black as a raven.
12 His eyes are like doves
    by the water streams,
washed in milk,
    mounted like jewels.
13 His cheeks are like beds of spice
    yielding perfume.
His lips are like lilies
    dripping with myrrh.
14 His arms are rods of gold
    set with topaz.
His body is like polished ivory
    decorated with lapis lazuli.
15 His legs are pillars of marble
    set on bases of pure gold.
His appearance is like Lebanon,
    choice as its cedars.
16 His mouth is sweetness itself;
    he is altogether lovely.
This is my beloved, this is my friend,
    daughters of Jerusalem.

Footnotes:

  1. Song of Songs 5:6 Or heart had gone out to him when he spoke
New International Version (NIV)

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