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Chapter 7

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How graceful are your feet in sandals, O queenly maiden! Your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of a master hand. 2 Your navel is a rounded bowl that never lacks mixed wine. Your belly is a heap of wheat, encircled with lilies. 3 Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle. 4 Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are pools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bath‐rabbim. Your nose is like a tower of Lebanon, overlooking Damascus. 5 Your head crowns you like Carmel, and your flowing locks are like purple; a king is held captive in the tresses. a Ch 7.1 in Heb

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How fair and pleasant you are, O loved one, delectable maiden! b Or dance of Mahanaim 7 You are stately c Meaning of Heb uncertain as a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters. 8 I say I will climb the palm tree and lay hold of its branches. O may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, and the scent of your breath like apples, 9 and your kisses d Syr: Heb in delights like the best wine that goes down e Heb This your stature is smoothly, gliding over lips and teeth. f Heb palate

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I am my beloved's, and his desire is for me. 11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the fields, and lodge in the villages; 12 let us go out early to the vineyards, and see whether the vines have budded, whether the grape blossoms have opened and the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love. 13 The mandrakes give forth fragrance, and over our doors are all choice fruits, new as well as old, which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.

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b Ch 7.1 in Heb

c Or dance of Mahanaim

a Meaning of Heb uncertain

b Syr: Heb in delights

c Heb This your stature is

d Heb palate

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