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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 2

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1I am a rose a 2:1 rose: or asphodel. of Sharon, a lily growing in the valley.

2A lily among thorns is my dearest among the maidens.

3Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among young men. To sit in his shadow is my delight, and his fruit is sweet to my taste. 4He has taken me into the wine-garden and given me loving glances. 5Sustain me with raisins, revive me with apples; for I am faint with love. 6His left arm pillows my head, his right arm is round me.

7I charge you, maidens of Jerusalem, by the spirits and the goddesses b 2:7 by … goddesses: or by the gazelles and the hinds. of the field: Do not rouse or awaken love until it is ready.

8Hark! My beloved! Here he comes, bounding over the mountains, leaping over the hills. 9My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. There he stands outside our wall, peering in at the windows, gazing through the lattice.

10My beloved spoke, saying to me: ‘Rise up, my darling; my fair one, come away. 11For see, the winter is past! The rains are over and gone; 12the flowers appear in the countryside; the season of birdsong is come, and the turtle-dove's cooing is heard in our land; 13the green figs ripen on the fig trees and the vine blossoms give forth their fragrance. Rise up, my darling; my fair one, come away.’

14My dove, that hides in holes in the cliffs or in crannies on the terraced hillside, let me see your face and hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, your face is lovely.

15Catch the jackals c 2:15 jackals: or fruit-bats. for us, the little jackals, the despoilers of vineyards, for our vineyards are full of blossom.

16My beloved is mine and I am his; he grazes his flock among the lilies. 17While the day is cool and the shadows are dispersing, turn, my beloved, and show yourself a gazelle or a young stag on the hills where aromatic spices grow d 2:17 on … grow: or on the rugged hills or on the hills of Bether. .

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a 2:1 rose: or asphodel.

b 2:7 by … goddesses: or by the gazelles and the hinds.

c 2:15 jackals: or fruit-bats.

d 2:17 on … grow: or on the rugged hills or on the hills of Bether.

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