|Song 2:1 "I am the rose [of the plain] of Sharon,
The lily of the valleys [that grows in deep places]."
|Song 2:2 ¶ "Like the lily among the thorns,
So are you, my darling, among the maidens."
|Song 2:3 ¶ "Like an apple tree [rare and welcome] among the trees of the forest,
So is my beloved among the young men!
In his shade I took great delight and sat down,
And his fruit was sweet and delicious to my palate.
|Song 2:4 "He has brought me to his banqueting place,
And his banner over me is love [waving overhead to protect and comfort me].
|Song 2:5 "Sustain me with raisin cakes,
Refresh me with apples,
Because I am sick with love.
|Song 2:6 "Let his left hand be under my head
And his right hand embrace me." [Deut 33:27; Matt 28:20]
|Song 2:7 ¶ "I command that you take an oath, O daughters of Jerusalem,
By the gazelles or by the does of the field [which run free],
That you do not rouse nor awaken my love
Until she pleases."
|Song 2:8 ¶ "Listen! My beloved!
Behold, he comes,
Climbing on the mountains,
Leaping and running on the hills! [John 10:27]
|Song 2:9 "My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Behold, he is standing behind our wall,
He is looking through the windows,
He is gazing through the lattice.
|Song 2:10 ¶ "My beloved speaks and says to me,
'Arise, my love, my fair one,
And come away.
|Song 2:11 'For behold, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
|Song 2:12 'The flowers appear on the earth once again;
The time for singing has come,
And the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
|Song 2:13 'The fig tree has budded and ripens her figs,
And the vines are in blossom and give forth their fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,
And come away [to climb the rocky steps of the hillside].'"
|Song 2:14 ¶ "O my dove, [here] in the clefts in the rock,
In the sheltered and secret place of the steep pathway,
Let me see your face,
Let me hear your voice;
For your voice is sweet,
And your face is lovely."
|Song 2:15 ¶ "Catch the foxes for us,
The little foxes that spoil and ruin the vineyards [of love],
While our vineyards are in blossom."
|Song 2:16 ¶ "My beloved is mine and I am his;
He pastures his flock among the lilies. [Matt 10:32; Acts 4:12]
|Song 2:17 "Until the cool of the day when the shadows flee away,
Return quickly, my beloved, and be like a gazelle
Or a young stag on the mountains of Bether [which separate us]."