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Song of Songs 5:10-16 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

10 W My lover is radiant and ruddy;[a]
    outstanding among thousands.
11 His head is gold, pure gold,
    his hair like palm fronds,
    as black as a raven.
12 His eyes are like doves
    beside streams of water,
Bathing in milk,
    sitting[b] by brimming pools.
13 His cheeks are like beds of spices
    yielding aromatic scents;
his lips are lilies
    that drip flowing myrrh.
14 His arms are rods of gold
    adorned with gems;
His loins, a work of ivory
    covered with sapphires.
15 His legs, pillars of alabaster,
    resting on golden pedestals.
His appearance, like the Lebanon,
    imposing as the cedars.
16 His mouth is sweetness itself;
    he is delightful in every way.
Such is my lover, and such my friend,
    Daughters of Jerusalem!


  1. 5:10–11 In answer to the question of 5:9 the woman sings her lover’s praises (vv. 10–16). Ruddy: also used of David (1 Sm 16:12; 17:42). Gold: indicates how precious the lover is. Palm fronds: his thick, luxuriant growth of hair.
  2. 5:12 Sitting…: the translation of this line is uncertain; it may continue the metaphor of the lover’s eyes, or refer to another part of his anatomy (e.g., teeth) which has been omitted from the text.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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