We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more
Select Bible Use this Lookup to open a specific Bible and passage. Start here to select a Bible.
Make selected Bible the default for Lookup tool.
Book: Ch.V. Select book from A-Z list, enter chapter and verse number, and click "Go."
:
OR
  • Previous Result
  • Results
  • Look It Up Highlight any word or phrase, then click the button to begin a new search.
  • Highlight On / Off
  • Next Result

The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 5

Previous
Jump to: Select book from A-Z list, enter chapter and verse number, and click "Go."
Next

1I have come to my garden, My own, my bride; I have plucked my myrrh and spice, Eaten my honey and honeycomb, Drunk my wine and my milk. Eat, lovers, and drink: Drink deep of love! 2 a In vv. 2–8 the maiden relates a dream. I was asleep, But my heart was wakeful. Hark, my beloved knocks! “Let me in, my own, My darling, my faultless dove! For my head is drenched with dew, My locks with the damp of night.” 3I had taken off my robe— Was I to don it again? I had bathed my feet— Was I to soil them again? 4My beloved b‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. took his hand off the latch, ‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain. And my heart was stirred c‐ Many manuscripts and editions read “within me” (‘alai). for him. ‐c Many manuscripts and editions read “within me” (‘alai). 5I rose to let in my beloved; My hands dripped myrrh— My fingers, flowing myrrh— Upon the handles of the bolt. 6I opened the door for my beloved, But my beloved had turned and gone. I was faint d‐ Change of vocalization yields “because of him.” because of what he said. ‐d Change of vocalization yields “because of him.” I sought, but found him not; I called, but he did not answer. 7I met the watchmen e See note at 3.3 . Who patrol the town; They struck me, they bruised me. The guards of the walls Stripped me of my mantle. 8I adjure you, O maidens of Jerusalem! If you meet my beloved, tell him this: That I am faint with love. 9How is your beloved better than another, a Or “What sort of beloved is your beloved?” O fairest of women? How is your beloved better than another a Or “What sort of beloved is your beloved?” That you adjure us so? 10My beloved is clear‐skinned and ruddy, Preeminent among ten thousand. 11His head is finest gold, His locks are curled And black as a raven. 12His eyes are like doves By watercourses, Bathed in milk, b‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Set by a brimming pool. ‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain. 13His cheeks are like beds of spices, c‐ Septuagint vocalizes as participle, “producing.” Banks of ‐c Septuagint vocalizes as participle, “producing.” perfume His lips are like lilies; They drip flowing myrrh. 14His hands are rods of gold, Studded with beryl; His belly a tablet of ivory, Adorned with sapphires. 15His legs are like marble pillars Set in sockets of fine gold. He is majestic as Lebanon, Stately as the cedars. 16His mouth is delicious And all of him is delightful. Such is my beloved, Such is my darling, O maidens of Jerusalem!

Notes:

a In vv. 2–8 the maiden relates a dream.

b‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

c‐c Many manuscripts and editions read “within me” (‘alai).

d‐d Change of vocalization yields “because of him.”

e See note at 3.3 .

a Or “What sort of beloved is your beloved?

b‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

c‐c Septuagint vocalizes as participle, “producing.”

  • Previous Result
  • Results
  • Look It Up Highlight any word or phrase, then click the button to begin a new search.
  • Highlight On / Off
  • Next Result
Oxford University Press

© 2020. All Rights Reserved. Cookie Policy | Privacy Policy | Legal Notice